Our Activity

Delivering inclusive economic growth for Suffolk

Suffolk Growth supports a wide range of programmes and projects to deliver against our four shared economic objectives.

A summary of our current work programme is available here


Write ups from our previous events and training sessions, alongside our responses to national consultations and Government White Papers can be found in our DOCUMENT LIBRARY.





4 shared economic objectives

Our businesses

Make Suffolk an optimal location for business expansion, sustainability and viability across all our sectors.

Our employees

Meet identified skills & employment needs to facilitate inclusive economic growth and improve employment opportunities.

Our communities

Create a consistent, efficient and transparent approach leading to improved housing delivery and community development.

Our connections

Secure investment in our economic
and social infrastructure.

Investment and Grants

We work with partners to secure economic investment in Suffolk through a number of grants such as Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund (SIGIF) and specifically for the recovery from the pandenmic the Control Outbreak Management Fund (COMF).

Find out more about each of these via the links below.


Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund (SIGIF)

The Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund is a £2.4m fund allocated by Suffolk Public Sector Leaders and the New Anglia Local enterprise Partnership to support local, place based economic recovery across Suffolk.

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Control Outbreak Management Fund (COMF)

The 2022 ‘Living with COVID’ grant programme is investing £65,000 in 10 Suffolk town centre projects. Funding will support good practice and help enable the transition of communities and business to live with COVID within town centres.

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Visitor Economy Network Initiative (VENI)

VENI is the Visitor Economy Network Initiative that will bring educators and SMEs closer together and at the same time create opportunities for young people to develop work-ready skills and participate in, and learn more about, their local visitor economy.

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Major programmes

Suffolk Growth has an expanding programme of work that includes:



Annual workshops/events with partners


International Trade Policy


Suffolk £


Suffolk Design


Suffolk's economic context & Annual business survey


Visitor Economy Framework

Suffolk's Inclusive Growth Framework

Updated: November 2020

Suffolk’s Inclusive Growth Framework builds on our conversations with Government, partners and communities, which started with our proposals for devolution and have been built on through our responses to both the Industrial Strategy and the Housing White Paper. The Framework provides the mechanism for monitoring our successes and realigning work to better meet our shared growth outcomes.

Read or download the framework

What People Are Saying

{Suffolk Growth was an instrumental partner in our work across the East of England to promote the assets and opportunities of our region in the Prospectus for Sustainable Growth. In addition, Suffolk Growth has supported multiple businesses to recover from the impact of Covid-19, and EELGA, via our Talent Bank of associates, has been delighted to provide specialist expertise to help.
Adam Thorp
Head of Policy and Programmes, East of England Local Government Association
{The Suffolk Growth Partnership plays a unique and vital role, acting as a guiding mind and catalyst for growth in Suffolk, and ensuring effective integration with local partners and wider regional initiatives to attract investment for people and businesses in the county. The SGP was instrumental in the creation and ongoing operations of the Sub-National Transport Body for the East, ensuring Suffolk’s investment priorities – like better connectivity, rural mobility and low-carbon transport – are firmly embedded in the Single Voice for transport for the East of England.
Andrew Summers
Strategic Director, Transport East
{We love working with Suffolk Growth! Their partnership approach is inclusive and informative. Karen has an excellent grasp of strategic growth in Suffolk and working with both Karen and Richard has been really refreshing. Richard’s understanding of the visitor economy is really sound, and his reach-out to, and involvement of the Suffolk local authorities and destination marketing organisations (DMOs) is really helpful – makes partnership work so much more rewarding!
Andrew Wheeler
Head of Curriculum Initiatives, West Suffolk College
{Active Suffolk is delighted to have received funding from the Suffolk Growth Partnership and is excited to be working on this collaboration. We both recognise the important role that the Sport & Physical Activity Sector plays in underpinning the health & wellbeing of both local communities and the local workforce which in turn drives Suffolk’s economic performance.
John Clough
Chair, Active Suffolk
{The Suffolk Growth partnership helps to ensure we identify and strengthen the alignment between an ever-evolving programme of local skills interventions and priorities for growth across all Suffolk local authorities. The work undertaken to develop the ‘Technical Skills Legacy’ report is a great example of this – providing us with enhanced insights on the technical skills we will require to deliver infrastructure development.
Michael Gray
Head of Skills, Suffolk County Council
{The Suffolk Growth Partnership is a model of best practice for how local authorities and partners can work together to drive forward economic growth. Underpinned by a shared vision and joined-up approach, the Partnership is committed to improving support for the county’s small businesses.
Candy Richards
Development Manager, Federation of Small Businesses
{Suffolk Growth has been a key partner in the Covid local outbreak response, creating invaluable and strong links between the county’s regulatory agencies and Suffolk businesses. The insight it provided into business needs; the innovation it promoted to ensure local businesses and business sectors were kept up-to-date with rapidly changing legal requirements; and the willingness to engage, develop and implement support to keep the Suffolk economy afloat during unprecedented times, played a critical role in the delivery of the successful partnership response to the county’s pandemic emergency .
Graham Crisp
Head of Trading Standards, Suffolk County Council
{In the ‘Suffolk Local Government System’ Chief Executives lead on different countywide issues. It has been my privilege to be the CEO lead  for Growth since the inception of Suffolk Growth. During that time, it has evolved and is now fundamentally different having worked on the many challenges that have needed a county wide response. From infrastructure to supply chains, from skills to the Covid response, Suffolk Growth has been at the forefront of thinking for the county.
Stephen Baker
Former CEO, East Suffolk Council