Economy & Business:

Response and Recovery


Suffolk Growth leads the economy & business workstream, a key part of Suffolk’s county wide, multi-agency strategic team responsible for coordinating Suffolk’s response to and recovery from Covid 19.  We work closely with all our local authority partners, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and New Anglia LEP, along with the wider Suffolk Resilience Forum, including police, fire, communities and Central Government.

This page provides links to the latest guidance for employers / employees, summarises the funding available to support businesses and economic recovery and links to programmes and events that we are sponsoring and / or delivering to ensure our businesses and economy remains resilient and can continue to operate in a Covid secure way. 

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Suffolk local authorities are working to ensure we support our businesses and ensuring we work together to minimise the spread of COVID-19. At the same time the Suffolk Resilience Forum had been encouraging residents to shop local and support Suffolk traders during these extraordinary times. We know there is a wealth of guidance and this can be confusing. We have put together some information, linked to the Government’s official guidance pages to help businesses continue to operate.

Follow the link to find out more about Suffolk's promotional video to encourage our local businesses to operate safely and for visitors to do so responsibly. We have also developed various 'good practice' exemplars to provide peer-to-peer support across our business sectors. 

Suffolk local authorities are here to support you and your business with both re-opening and staying open safely.  Working with Park City Consulting we ran a number of webinars for Suffolk businesses providing support and advice on reopening.  The content of the webinars is available by clicking the button below.

The Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund (SIGIF) was established by Suffolk Growth following allocations from Suffolk Public Sector Leaders (SPSL) and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP).  The Fund supports local, place-based economic recovery from Covid 19 across Suffolk

Find out what local and national funding support is available for all sectors here. 

Suffolk Growth have also provided a summary paper of Government ​support available to businesses, employees, self-employed & the vulnerable.

Suffolk Councils, working with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, are helping to deliver a brand-new national programme to boost opportunities for young people in the workplace.

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Suffolk businesses are being encouraged to protect themselves by getting their staff tested for COVID-19 twice a week, as part of a new campaign launched.


The Yes 2 Test campaign complements the Government’s roll-out of regular rapid testing for everyone. Businesses across Suffolk are being asked to commit to whole-staff lateral flow testing, either through testing at their workplaces or encouraging staff to sign-up for home testing kits. 

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Suffolk Growth developed a number of personal stories in June 2020 to demonstrate the economic and financial impact of Covid 19 on residents in Suffolk. Please note these are fictional case studies only to demonstrate the direct and indirect economic and financial impacts – while based on real data they are not a statistically valid representation of the total impact.

Suffolk employers are asked to continue to support the vaccination programme by encouraging employees to have their ​ vaccinations when eligible.