The Norfolk Way Innovation Awards

The Norfolk Way Innovation Awards – Tuesday 6.30pm
Over 150 students, parents, teachers and local businesses will come together at Wymondham High Academy to celebrate the second year of the Awards.
George Freeman MP says:
“This is an evening about the young, the future and a brighter tomorrow.
For too long, I believe Norfolk has been regarded as a rural backwater, in education and in particular the all-important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
I am delighted that through these awards supported by and in conjunction with some of the leading businesses and skill agencies in our area, we are celebrating the best and inspiring the rest by rewarding the best examples of science and innovation in schools and colleges.
Together, we will help build a network of Norfolk enterprise and innovation to help power the Norfolk Economy for the 21st Century”.

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On Thursday 23rd June, we will all have to make one of the biggest political decisions of recent times. Do we want to stay in a reformed European Union, or leave?   Make no mistake: this is one of the biggest political decisions any of us will ever make. It will affect our communities, our laws and our place in the world for generations to come.

That’s why I have launched a major EU: In or Out? Debate series across Norfolk. The aim is to open up the conversation on the EU to as wide an audience as possible.

I have organised a series of debates and roundtables throughout the first six months of 2016 and am getting the views of entrepreneurs and the business community across the four towns of Mid Norfolk.

Have your say

Friday 18th March 2016 Roundtable and complimentary lunch at Anglia Farmers with Vicky Ford MEP and Stuart Agnew MEP

Friday 22nd April 2016 Breakfast roundtable at Norwich Research Park with Mills & Reeves solicitors – guest speakers David Campbell Bannerman MEP and Cllr Tamsin Lodge and Vicky Ford MEP Cllr John Fuller, Leader of South Norfolk Council

Friday 6th May 2016 George will be answering questions over lunch with the Wayland Partnership at the Broom Hall Hotel, Saham Toney

Friday 20th May 2016 George will be answering questions over breakfast with Attleborough Business Forum at Breckland Lodge

Friday 20th May 2016 Debating with Douglas Carswell MP at Dunston Hall Hotel

Friday 27th May 2016 2.30pm at the Shirehall in Norwich, organised by Future50 with Archant. George Freeman MP will be making the case for REMAIN and Steve Baker MP will be making the case for LEAVE.  (Steve Baker is the Director of Vote Leave Campaign)

Friday 17th June 2016 Morning roundtable answering questions from the Wymondham Business Forum

For any more information on the above events, or to reserve your place, please call Hilary Gauthier in George’s Wymondham Office on 1953 600617 or email

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Norfolk County Council has started its search for the county’s next youth parliamentarians

The council is looking for passionate 11 to 18-year-olds who are keen to represent other young people on a local and national stage.

It is hoped that 30-40 people will stand for election, with nine chosen by their peers to represent their electoral constituency.

MYPs have a chance to:
• Meet as a group once a month to discuss local campaigns;
• Talk and consult with councillors and professionals over the most important issues to young people;
• Enhance their knowledge on the decisions being made about young people in a relaxed, informal setting;
• Attend regional Youth Parliament events in London;
• Talk on radio stations and TV about the most important issues for young people;
• Comment on issues relevant to young people in the press;
• Raise issues on behalf of other young people with MPs;
• Attend the annual get together of MYPs from across the county to debate important issues;
• Debate within the House of Commons Chamber chaired by the speaker, John Bercow MP.

George Freeman MP said “I would urge any young people with an interest in politics or campaigning to apply to be a candidate.”

Youth parliament elections will take place from Monday, 14 March to Sunday, 20 March and Norfolk County Council is hoping that more young people than ever will vote. In the last elections, in 2014, more than 37,000 votes were cast, a record for the county. This is believed to be one of the highest numbers in any election in the youth parliament’s history.

Emily Fox, 16, MYP for Mid Norfolk, added: “Being an MYP makes you so much more confident, you get to meet lots of new people and the experiences you get are endless. It’s really enjoyable.”

To stand for election, candidates need to fill in an application form, available at The deadline is Monday, 15 February at 5pm.

For further information contact Ben Dunne, Consultation and Involvement Officer, on 01603 495102 or

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2016 Farmhouse Breakfast

The Wayland Partnership warmly invite you to the 2016 Farmhouse Breakfast. A great opportunity to celebrate local distinctiveness – and the local food, farming and tourism sectors. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people and ‘sell’ what you do to other businesses in the area. Feel free to bring leaflets etc.WaylandBreakfast

Jan Godfrey MA MBE
The Wayland Partnership
Wayland House, Watton
Norfolk IP25 6AR
DD 01953 880202
Reg Charity 1081310

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Small Business Saturday

Having spent fifteen years before coming to Parliament starting SME’s in our area, I know that Small Businesses are the engine of our local and national economy.

That’s why one of my central missions as an MP and Business Minister has been doing everything I can to support the hard-working entrepreneurs and small-business owners in our area, setting up my Business Spotlight, Small Business Manifesto, Norfolk Way Project, Rural Enterprise Bursaries, and the first ever Norfolk Innovation Awards. 

Small businesses are the key to driving what I call a ‘Rural Renaissance’ in our area. This year I am delighted once again to be highlighting another six Norfolk businesses for Small Business Saturday:

Eirlys Johnson Funeral Services of Watton 

Eirlys Johnson of Watton
Owned by Eirlys who has lived in the area all her life
01953 889328
Independent Funeral Directors

Abigails of Dereham 

Abigails of Dereham
Abigail’s Cards and Gifts
Owned by the Flatt family
01362 696426
A selection of cards and gifts inthe centre of Dereham

Howards Cycles of Wymondham

Howards Cycles of Wymondham
Owned by Ray Howard
01953 607127
The home of quality bikes and cycle services in Norfolk

Puffs Toy Shop of Wymondham

Puffs Toy Shop of Wymondham
Puff’s Toyshop
Richard Harding and Jules Alexander
01953 605678
Something for everyone at our fab, family run toy shop in the heart of Wymondham

Pizzeria Bello of Attleborough  

Pizzeria Bello of Attleborough
Family business owned by Bello
01953 456375
A little bit of Italy in the heart of Norfolk,we always do our utmost to ensure that you feel at home

Evie’s of Dereham

Evies of Dereham
Family business run by Rolf Weston

Accessories including scarves, handbags, jackets and greeting cards


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Free Residential Parliamentary Training Opportunity for Mid Norfolk Schools

Parliament Education Service

Coming up with the Teachers’ Institute in Westminster in January 2016. The course will include:

  • A tour of the Palace of Westminster
  • The chance to watch debates in the chambers
  • Q&A with Members from both Houses
  • Informative sessions to improve delegates’ knowledge of Parliament and democracy
  • Activities that will help to develop classroom resources
  • Networking opportunities

The Teachers Institute will cover travel costs, residential accommodation and most meals.  All resources, workshops and events are free of charge.

If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact George Freeman MP’s Wymondham Office on 01953 600617.

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Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award

George was thrilled to win the Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award in Spring 2015.

Download pdf of article

Download pdf of article

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Norfolk Innovation Awards 2015


For too long I believe Norfolk has been regarded by too many as a rural backwater, in education and in particular the all-important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects. These are key to constructing a world class, modern and competitive local economy, as well as creating the new businesses, jobs and opportunities we need. Continue reading

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Norfolk Way wins Grassroot Diplomat Award 2015

Last night The Norfolk Way won a Grassroot Diplomat Award at a ceremony in London, winning the Business Driver category.


George Freeman MP, founder of The Norfolk Way, said: ‘With my Positive Politics! and It Starts Here! campaigns, I pledged to champion a new mode of grassroots politics, acting as Mid Norfolk’s MP in Westminster, not the other way round. I also set out a vision of what I called a ‘Rural Renaissance’: advocating a new vision for rural planning and the local economy through my The Norfolk Way project, showing that, with small businesses and smaller pockets of housing in villages and towns, it IS possible to build new houses AND maintain our heritage, making our area a vibrant hub of enterprise and opportunity. Winning this award on behalf of The Norfolk Way is a tremendous honour, and is down to the great work done by volunteers, businesses and local communities throughout Mid Norfolk.’


The Norfolk Way goes from strength to strength with the first ever Norfolk Innovation Awards 2015 on Thursday 19th March at 6.30pm at Wymondham High Academy, championing the world-leading science in our region with the Norwich Research Park and our proximity to the Cambridge Cluster. A new round of The Norfolk Way Rural Enterprise Bursaries have also been announced, with the students that have been selected for this year’s Bursary Scheme at Wayland Academy visiting Parliament. This scheme is about encouraging our youngsters to aspire to take their opportunities. Through NWES, they will be given some great work experience placements.


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Norfolk Way Bursary winners visit Parliament

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman welcomes winners of this year’s Norfolk Way Bursary to Westminster. The students will follow a tailor made series of work experiences in their chosen fields

Norfolk Way Bursary winners with George Freeman MP at Westminster

Norfolk Way Bursary winners with George Freeman MP at Westminster

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