Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads, over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways set in beautiful countryside and with many charming and picturesque towns and villages.
There is a powerful energy hub on the east coast, advanced engineering and manufacturing capabilities and a world-class food, life-science and agri-tech cluster. Tourism is one of the greatest and oldest economic contributors to the county of Norfolk.
Norfolk and Suffolk is home to many large, well-known brands such as Aviva, British Sugar, Kettle Foods, NatWest, Greene King, Lotus and Adnams.
Start-rite is a brand of children's shoes. The shoemaker, purportedly Britain's oldest and one of the first manufacturers in Norfolk, was established in 1792 in Norwich, England, by James Smith. His grandson, James Southall, gave the firm its current name.
A very current Norfolk entrepreneur Marietta Hickman is poised to see her baked goods sold in shops nationwide after being named one of the country's top young innovators. Cheeky Nibble was born because Marietta wanted to recreate her childhood happiness of enjoying truly delicious breakfast cereal whilst reading her morning comic. Her handmade granola clusters, which come in a range of traditional British dessert flavours, are sold in the famous London department store Selfridges. They can also be found in independent shops across the UK and online.
Mark has been instrumental in setting up and owning several successful businesses over the past 30 plus years. In this time he has accumulated a wealth of business knowledge, which compliments his natural entrepreneurial flare.
From time to time, we may refer you to a mentor in one of Norfolk's neighbouring counties such as Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, or Suffolk if your local mentors are at full capacity or if we feel an alternative mentor would provide a stronger match for your specific needs, or if it works better for you logistically. You can learn more about each of the local mentors for those regions by selecting the relevant county below:
We become their ‘unreasonable friend’, which means we will ask the question or maybe say the thing that business owners may not want to hear but know that it’s done for their benefit. To learn more, download our client brochure by clicking the link down below.