King’s Lynn and West Norfolk – the location for investment

The King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area offers a cost effective base for business, as well as opportunities for growth and expansion. The area is already home to world leading businesses, such as Bespak, British Sugar, Cooper Roller Bearings, Dow Chemical Company and Quorn Foods.

As well as a high standard of living, and good transport links, the region has a highly adaptable and skilled workforce, with a competitive gross weekly wage rate of £480 (95% of the national figure).

Five key reasons to invest in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

  • Highly competitive for businesses

    The area is home to world leaders in aerospace, engineering, electronics, food and agri-business.

  • Education

    Two UK top 20 universities within an hour, offering direct access to world class teaching, learning, research and innovation in Norwich and Cambridge.

  • Excellent transport links

    Excellent transport links, including direct rail service to London King’s Cross, as well as easy access to Norwich and Stansted airports.

  • Business Support

    First class business support and aftercare service provided by the Borough Council’s Economic Development team

  • Quality of Life

    West Norfolk has stunning coastline and countryside, a range of housing options and numerous entertainment facilities to help attract and retain staff

Leading sectors in West Norfolk

Sector% Jobs in West Norfolk% Jobs in UK
Distribution, Hotels & Restaurants25.923.4
Transport and Communications3.35.8
Finance and other business activities11.722.0
Public Admin, Education and Health29.427.0
Other Services3.85.3

Sectors with high growth potential

Food manufacturing, agri-tech and agribusiness

Local employment: 13%

National employment: 9.4%

This sector takes in the whole food supply chain from production through to processing and distribution, including machinery and technology. This area is home to a number of leading businesses.

Advanced engineering and hi-tech manufacturing

Local employment: 5.1%

National employment: 3.8%

This industry includes manufacturing, engineering, and associated research and development. This sector has the potential to boost the area’s GVA and productivity, especially through export growth.


Local employment: 8.4%

National employment: 8.2%

There are 4,200 jobs in this diverse sector, which includes accommodation, tourist attractions, sports, bars and restaurants. With an estimated value of £428m per annum, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk‘s tourism sector has many opportunities to expand and develop.