This week saw the announcement of the EDP’s Future50, and to celebrate the launch, the class of 2013 were invited to attend an event at the Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), as covered in this Mustard TV report. Ollie (the boss), along with representatives from the other 49 companies in the list, popped down the road to NUA to meet some new people and hear how we can benefit from being in the Future50 shop window.
Kevin Horne, the Chief Executive at NWES spoke to the new class of 2013 about what they could expect in the coming year. With a ‘‘Real sense of optimism’’ on the side of Norfolk business, he reiterated the boost that the Future50 can give, outlining why he has every confidence that 2014 will be a ‘great business year’.
We were obviously chuffed to feature in the Future50 this year, and being able to meet with the other companies in the list was the first of many rewards it will bring. Ranging from Banjo makers to Engineers, the breadth of business showcased can enable collaboration that will have a real positive effect on the local economy. Mark Camidge, the Director at Eco Classrooms which won of the title of “One to watch” at this year’s EDP Business Awards, described the ability to network with other great entrepreneurs from the local region to create ‘synergies’ as the real lasting benefit of the scheme.
Whilst it has been tough for companies across the nation in recent years, schemes such as this show that local business is still alive and kicking. We’re really looking forward to the next year, which is sure to bring many exciting opportunities for us to get stuck in with enterprise in the region, in the hope that we can also inspire the next generation of the Future50!
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