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06 December 2017

Business Bitesize East Anglia 5 December 2017

Regional News

Breakfast networking at Norwich Castle

Friday 8 December at 7.30am till 9.30am

An opportunity to network and explore Norwich Castle Keep before the public arrive, as well as hearing a little more about the objects that are available to adopt at The Gateway to Medieval England team will be giving updates on the project, including the Keep Giving campaign and how businesses can benefit from being involved. For more information visit here.

Work and Health Event

Friday 2 February, 9.15am till 4pm

Norfolk County Council is to host this free event, which is for businesses that would like to improve the health of their workforce. The event will feature a range of speakers, including the Chair of the New Anglia LEP, as well as workshops. Secure your place by booking here by Monday 18 December.

Business Issues

Record number of small firms in UK

The UK's small businesses contributed a huge £1.9 trillion to the economy this year, according to new Government figures. The latest business population statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, show there's now a record 5.7 million smaller businesses in the UK, proving that despite rising costs and flagging consumer demand, entrepreneurial spirit is not easily shaken.

Industrial Strategy is first piece of productivity jigsaw

After the publication of the Government's Industrial Strategy white paper, Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman, said although it marked the first phase of the journey to improved productivity, it's essential we quickly move to phase two. "To have a sustained and game-changing impact on the economy, the focus needs to be on how to improve productivity across the UK's small businesses and the self-employed," he added. Click here to read our full reaction, looking at the impact on policy areas including skills and infrastructure, business support and clean growth.