About South Norfolk

From the peace and quiet of its countryside to the pleasures of its towns and villages, South Norfolk is one of the fastest growing business and enterprise centres in Britain. South Norfolk is also a relatively affluent and a very dynamic district , with a wide range of successful business enterprises across the whole spectrum of the economy.

Over 119,000 people currently reside in South Norfolk, with the population expected to top 135,000 by 2021.

South Norfolk has a world class, life sciences Research Park, as well as engineering and automotive hubs, including Group Lotus and Lotus F1. These provide hundreds of high-skilled and specialised jobs, which drive innovation and enterprise.

Generally the businesses in South Norfolk a quite small, with nearly 80% having less than 5 employees. In contrast there are many large businesses active in the district such as Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and Group Lotus. We also have significant clusters of business, not least at Norwich Research Park, which has huge potential for business growth from world leading science and technology research expertise.

Around these are thriving businesses in stunning and historic market towns that are retail and business centres in their own right, attracting visitors from across the country. They benefit from fast transport links to London and the eastern ports.

The historic market towns of Diss, Loddon, Harleston, Hingham and Wymondham are certainly worth a visit. Their fine churches, traditional markets and excellent pubs, tea shops and hotels fill them with life and character. Take the time to explore the speciality shops and discover the art galleries, antique shops and heritage sites.

A patchwork of fields, meadows, rivers and broads shape the South Norfolk landscape, with the beautiful Norfolk Broads cutting through the countryside with its 125 miles of navigable waterways and precious wildlife. This watery terrain also makes South Norfolk popular with fishermen, the Waveney Valley in particular offers unrivalled fishing sites. Birdwatchers also lock to South Norfolk keen to spot the Bittern, a Norfolk native.

Whether it is tranquillity or thriving activity that you seek, Whitlingham Country Park has it all. With its stunning scenery, the 35-hectare park is one of South Norfolk’s most popular attractions, providing peaceful woodland walks and riverside picnics alongside the more energetic pursuits of the watersports centre.

South Norfolk is steeped in history with Caistor St Edmund, one of our top treasures. Once Norfolk’s capital, this 2,000 year old site was the bustling Roman town of Venta Icenorum. South Norfolk is a place of discovery and delight - for natural beauty, bustling towns and villages and historical sites, it simply can’t be beaten.

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