To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, Broadland District and South Norfolk Council have each launched a free treasure trail.
The trails, designed for the whole family, encourage visitors to explore the districts, solve the clues and uncover the areas’ hidden history. Along the way, there are discounts available to use at local shops and cafés, as well as some fantastic prizes to win.
Broadland District Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle, said: “If you’re looking for something free and fun to do this summer, then take part in our Traveller’s Charms treasure trail. Whether on foot, bicycle or even by boat, it’s a fantastic way to explore our beautiful district and spend time with friends and family.”
South Norfolk Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Kay Mason Billig, said: “Our Queen’s Treasure Trail will have you out exploring the area and visiting some wonderful places that you probably didn’t realise were right on your doorstep. So grab a picnic, or pop into one of the many eateries along the way and make a day of it.”
Winners and finalists of the second annual Broadland and South Norfolk Business Awards attended a glittering event on 23 March at Norwich City Football Club sponsored by Fosters Solicitors. It was a fantastic evening where both councils were joined by some of the most exceptional businesses in the area, and provided a chance to celebrate business innovation, entrepreneurialism and excellence.
Jewellery and accessories company Lisa Angel won the Business Growth Award, sponsored by Big Sky Living. Despite a difficult couple of years, the company has managed to expand their high street presence, explore new lines and increased their online offering. Broadland Council Portfolio Holder for Economic Development Cllr Jo Copplestone said: ‘’They have continued to invest in their staff and have a clear understanding of the challenges ahead and what they need to do to continue to grow.’’
In January a ceremony was held to mark the lifting the last steel during the construction of the Broadland Food Innovation Centre. The build is on schedule and will be ready to open in autumn 2022 and is now welcoming enquiries from potential tenants.
The Broadland Food Innovation Centre, being built close to Norwich, is part of a food innovation project designed to support and fast-track the growth and success of food and drink businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk.
The project represents Broadland District Council’s ambition to generate the optimum environment for business growth and to support the local economy by providing bespoke units with wrap-around services that will help food businesses in the region develop.
The Centre will offer 13 food-grade incubation units, two test kitchens, a sensory kitchen, meeting rooms and state of the art conferencing facilities.
The 2022 Broadland & South Norfolk Business Awards finalists have been announced.
Organised by South Norfolk Council and Broadland District Councils, the awards celebrate the excellence, innovation and best practice shown by businesses across the combined area.
South Norfolk Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Economy, Councillor Lisa Neal, said: “This has been an extremely challenging time for local businesses and these awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the hard work and commitment it has taken to run a successful business through the pandemic.”
Nominations for Broadland District and South Norfolk Council’s Business Awards are now open. The Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing array of successful businesses in both districts.
Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, many businesses have survived and even thrived, not just financially, but by being adaptable, innovative and excelling at supporting the very communities that have supported them.
To recognise this, the Councils have added five new categories to the awards, including Outstanding Employer, Business in the Community, Working Together, Business Resilience and Business Innovation.
Businesses are invited to nominate themselves for an award in any of the 10 categories and residents can support their favourite business by nominating them as ‘Retailer of the Year’.
On 12 October 2021 a ceremony was held to mark the beginning of construction of the new Broadland Food Innovation Centre.
Broadland District Council recently received final confirmation from the European Regional Development Fund for c. £5.7m for the food innovation project, which includes the Broadland Food Innovation Centre being built close to Norwich in Broadland District; bespoke innovation support packages with access to experts on every aspect of business growth; and a cluster which brings together research, academia, supply, production, the food and drink community, charities, government and finance. This support will be available to both tenants and eligible businesses through Norfolk and Suffolk. The Centre is scheduled to open in autumn 2022.
Two local councils are calling on residents and businesses to dispose of their waste responsibly, or they could face a hefty fine.
In the last 12 months, Broadland District and South Norfolk Council have carried out 206 fly-tipping investigations, resulting in fines for businesses and residents who have broken the law and blighted the countryside with their waste.
South Norfolk Cabinet Member for Clean and Safe Environment Councillor Michael Edney said: “We live in a beautiful part of the world and we want to keep it that way. Fly-tipping is selfish and harmful to the environment and wildlife, it blights our countryside and costs taxpayers over £50K a year to clean up. If you are caught fly-tipping, we will not hesitate to fine you.”
Just this month, a mobile catering business was issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice for fly-tipping business waste in a lay-by near Diss. Not only did the owner have to pay the fixed penalty, but also had to pay for the waste to be removed by a licensed waste contractor. The owner was also advised on how to dispose of waste properly and legally in the future.
Broadland District Council and Horsford Parish Council have worked together to rejuvenate three of the village’s play areas.
Park View was the first to be completed in April 2020 followed by play areas in Coltsfoot Road and Beckside. The £70,000 project was inspired by 10 year-old-resident Charmaine Blythe, who petitioned the Parish Council to ask for a new swing at Park View play area by Horsford Village Hall.
She said: “The play area had hardly any play equipment and what was there was old and wasn't any good for playing on, I really wanted a swing.”
With the help of her parents, Charmaine petitioned the local community for improvements to the play area and gathered over a hundred signatures.
Bertram Books in Norwich has donated two large boxes of books to South Norfolk and Broadland Council to distribute to local children. The books will be delivered alongside food packages to families in need through the Councils’ Help Hub.
The Councils’ Managing Director Trevor Holden said: “We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will bring so much joy to local children. Despite all the challenges faced by local businesses at the moment, it’s heart-warming to see that they remain so supportive of the struggling families within our communities.”
Bertram Books also donated a Jolly Phonics Classroom Kit, which includes books, puppets, a wall frieze, CDs, posters and much more. The kit has been gratefully received by St. William’s Primary School in Thorpe St Andrew.
A hairdresser and nail salon in Sprowston has successfully applied for a business grant from Broadland District Council to help get through the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis.
Julie Johnson, who runs Hazell’s Hair and Nail salon in Sprowston had to close her business when lockdown measures were introduced in March. She was left without any customers, ongoing running costs and a bank loan which she had taken out to convert her garage into the salon.
She contacted Broadland District Council’s Business Support Team and was advised to apply for a grant so she could pay her bills and be sure the business would survive the downturn. The Council is able to distribute grants to eligible businesses from funding provided by the Government.