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Securing maximum benefit from Investment

Why does this matter?

We want to secure the maximum benefit from investment in our local economy:

  • Scale of investment in major infrastructure and construction projects in Suffolk forecast at over £30bn in next 10-15 years.
  • We are keen to secure more than just financial impact, we need to also secure economic impact (business development at the local level & wider opportunities for growth/workforce development, future proofing our skills offer), social impact (community investment & mitigation of construction impact and local skills development), and environmental impact (best use of natural resources and reduction of emissions & waste).
  • We can do this by working with our partners, across Tier 1s, our SME supply chain, public partners and training providers.

Our programme of work


Initiated in 2018 Suffolk Growth developed a programme of work to capture current levels of spend by the public sector with local suppliers, improve businesses awareness of and ability to bid for major public sector contracts and develop local supply chains across a number of our key sectors (starting with construction and engineering).
Work has included:


Survey of businesses to identify 'barriers to bidding'


Suffolk public sector annual spend

4 year programme of public sector spend monitoring including data from local authorities, health, police and further education)


Training workshops for SMEs

12x training courses (c.20 participants per session, aimed at SMEs, focused on basic principles of how to bid to the public sector).

Download the ‘Training Workshop for SME’s’ presentation


Online diagnostic tool for businesses

Development of on-line diagnostic – are you fit to bid?  Launched in 2019 and hosted by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.
– Visit the Online Diagnostic Tool


Procurement Portals

Summary sheet of all public sector procurement portals used in Suffolk with details on how to register for future opportunities
Download here


Technical Skills Legacy

Suffolk Growth, working with Suffolk County and Norfolk County, have refreshed our regional Technical Skills Legacy (TSL) work, updating it to reflect the position in 2022.

To support the supply of critical job roles for the pipeline of infrastructure/construction projects we have mapped the demand for & supply of provision for 15 key job roles. Data on each of these 15 job roles is available below.

How to use the skill files

15 x Skill files

A summary slide deck of the full report can be found here


Suffolk Procurement Leads

Programme of engagement with/training seminars for local procurement teams to share best practice and develop joint approaches to procurement where appropriate – such as :

– SCC’s Climate Change Commercial Ask

Social Value Workshop
(held July 2019) Guest speakers included: The Social Value Portal, DCMS, and the VCSE sector.

– Feedback & Action summary available here


Supply Chain Engagement

Supply chain engagement events for local businesses

2023 programme of events in development – please register if you would like further information

November 2022: in person supply chain engagement event at Trinity Park, Ipswich
– See the full event presentation

January 2022: online webinar including presentations from West Suffolk Hospital, Crest Nicholson Housing, Western Way Development and Kier
– See the presentation here

Our Partners

from across Suffolk and the wider East of England region: