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Manufacturing and Engineering

Manufacturing and engineering are sectors of cross-cutting importance that relate to many others (e.g. food and drink, and energy). Although sometimes under the radar, they are major employers in both districts and – at the town level – individual firms (some of which have long histories in East Suffolk) have emerged as the hub of local labour catchments.

East Suffolk Council will support these sectors by:

  • Working with businesses, schools and further education providers to promote apprenticeships and other forms of workforce development, and more generally working with employers to understand changing circumstances in relation to labour supply and workforce skills.
  • Engaging in appropriate promotional activity (for the area and the businesses/sectors within it).
  • Using planning policy to ensure a suitable and appropriate supply of B2 sites and premises.

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