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Norfolk County Council business team

Our growth and investment team work to support Norfolk's businesses to grow and develop. They do this by:

  • Running a wide range of projects to source and fund grant money for Norfolk businesses, covering a wide range of opportunities
  • Running projects to help industry sectors develop and to help businesses upskill their workforce
  • Providing Norfolk businesses of all sizes with a range of business mentoring opportunities
  • Working behind the scenes on investment and infrastructure schemes for the county
  • Providing impartial apprenticeship advice to businesses and apprentices

Meet the team

Our business officers often attend business networking events all over Norfolk. They help spread the word about the projects available for Norfolk businesses to get involved in.

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Chris Starkie, Director of Growth and Investment

A strong economy is at the heart of everything that the team and I do. Let us know what we can do to support your business.

Learn more about business in Norfolk

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Roberta Willner, Business Development Manager

We all want businesses in Norfolk to thrive. Talk to me about business and supply chain support, sector and site development.

Learn more about business grants and funding in Norfolk 

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Jan Feeney, Employment and Skills Manager

Talk to my team about developing the skills your business needs. We also support people to return to the labour market, increasing the pool of talent available to businesses.

Learn more about business skills and training

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Tom Humphries, Skills Policy Manager

Talk to the Skills Team about the wide range of training opportunities we have available to upskill your workforce and developing your staff.

Learn more about business skills and training

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Katy Dorman, Apprenticeship Strategy Manager

I can introduce you to the range of free support offered by our Apprenticeships Norfolk team to help you grow, diversify or strengthen your business.

Learn more about employing an apprentice 

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Mark Surridge, Apprenticeship Project Officer

Talk to me for impartial advice about apprenticeships and how they could help grow your business.

Learn more about employing an apprentice

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Laura Hill, Innovation Mentoring Project Manager

If your business has an innovative idea and would benefit from innovation funding, you can talk to me about how we could mentor your team through an innovation grant funding bid.

Learn more about the innovation grant mentoring project

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Ian Gregory, Supply Chain Development Officer

I deliver events to promote our business support services and key supply chain opportunities across Norfolk.

Learn more about business grants and funding

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James Phillips-Crook, Go Digital Project Manager

Talk to me about Go Digital, a brilliant mentoring and grant scheme to help small businesses maximise on technology and the internet.  

Learn more about the Go Digital funding programme