Decision details

Breckland Open for Business Report

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Following an analysis of the local economic profile and consultation with partners and local businesses, this report requests that Cabinet adopts the ‘Open for Business’ agenda to support the delivery of the Council’s business and economic growth priorities.




  1. The Council’s Open for Business commitment and the focus of the four work packages as set out in section 2.4 of the report to underpin the Council’s economic development activities supporting business and economic growth in the District be supported.


  1. In recognising the importance of providing opportunities for local business across the Breckland District, the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event as set out in section 2.4.4 of the report be supported; and


  1. The establishment of a high level Business Leadership Team to oversee the development and delivery of the Council’s Open for Business commitments be supported.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council has a pivotal role within the District’s growth agenda to fulfil its commitment to “Developing the local economy to be vibrant with continued growth”.


This report gives Cabinet the opportunity to adopt the ‘Open for Business’ propositions and continue on a growth focussed approach to economic development. If adopted this approach will sustain and help to deliver the Councils Corporate Business Plan approved by Council at their meeting in February 2015.


The Council has the opportunity to refresh its approach to economic and business growth to maximise potential, this in a context where the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) has major resources to commit to local and national economic growth priorities. The Council is ideally placed to lead and implement the four major proposition work packages that form the ‘Open for Business’ agenda and approach.


Alternative options considered:

Option 1


Do not adopt the ‘Open for Business’ approach as set out in the report.


Option 2


To adopt the ‘Open for Business’ approach as set out in the report, and endorse the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event.

Report author: Mark Stanton

Publication date: 25/03/2015

Date of decision: 24/03/2015

Decided at meeting: 24/03/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 03/04/2015

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