Hi-tech corridor to come under spotlight

NEW ways of developing hi-tech businesses along the A14 corridor are to be considered by business leaders in Suffolk.Suffolk Development Agency has commissioned a study to look at how businesses can take advantage of the link-up between Ipswich and Cambridge.

By Paul Geater

NEW ways of developing hi-tech businesses along the A14 corridor are to be considered by business leaders in Suffolk.

Suffolk Development Agency has commissioned a study to look at how businesses can take advantage of the link-up between Ipswich and Cambridge.

Since the launch of the corridor two years ago, Ipswich has developed its own hi-tech sector under the IP City branding.

Now other areas along the A14 are hoping to benefit as well.

Mid Suffolk Council is due to discuss taking part in the study at its economic police panel meeting next week.

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It will discuss how much space there should be for technology companies in the district, transport links and the effect on the workforce, and how to create new businesses – and give them space to grow.

The panel is being recommended to welcome the new study by the SDA and to make its own representations to it.

It sees Great Blakenham and Stowmarket as areas which could particularly benefit from a growth in hi-tech businesses.

Great Blakenham is currently the subject of a major planning study following the closure of the Blue Circle cement works.

And Stowmarket has very good transport links – both road and rail.

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