Germains Seed Technology attended a Norfolk Chamber of Commerce event on Thursday 7 November, which welcomed the Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne to Norfolk. The event provided the opportunity for the Chamber to outline the potential growth and investment opportunities in Norfolk and six chamber members including Germains, Bernard Matthews and RG Carter were invited to provide a brief business introduction.
The Chancellor stated that infrastructure investment was a priority for the government, from broadband and education, to road and rail, but that he was “here to listen, and here to learn”. “We are doing what we can to create a competitive business environment. But we need your input, your thoughts and your ideas about where to take that next, because by definition in a global race you cannot stand still.”
Ian Hacon, President Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and MD Blue Sky Leisure commented “We were delighted to host a visit from George Osborne, Rt. Hon. Member of Parliament for Tatton and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I would like to think he left Norfolk with a positive view as to what a great county it is to live and work in, and how a relatively small amount of investment in projects and infrastructure could unlock Norfolk’s potential to continue to play its part in the economic growth of the country.”
Caroline Williams, CEO Norfolk Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chancellor can be in no doubt about the innovation and dynamism of the Norfolk business community after today’s visit. We very much welcome his positive comments about Norfolk and its economy and will continue to encourage him to invest in this area in order to maximise the business community’s potential for growth and jobs.”
Dr Gerard Mulqueen, Sugar Beet Director, attended the event on behalf of Germains. Germains is one of the leading businesses working with the Eastern England Agri-Tech Growth initiative for Norfolk, Suffolk, Great Cambridge and Greater Peterborough, with the objective of creating a corridor of agriculture excellence.