Waveney District Council

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Future50 applications now open


Published on 26th April 2016

Businesses across Suffolk and Norfolk can now apply to join the Future50 which provides a unique platform to help achieve faster growth and become recognised as one of the region's top 50 enterprises.

Tearoom gets on board with food hygiene

Tearoom gets on board with food hygiene

Published on 18th April 2016

A food safety article in Waveney's recent In Touch magazine has inspired a Beccles tearoom to promote its own Food Hygiene Rating of 5, using our Big 5 Board.

Five ratings for 31 local food businesses

Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme

Published on 17th March 2016

Recent inspections by Waveney District Council's Food and Safety Team have awarded 31 more local businesses with a 5 rating - the highest level of food hygiene.

Voucher scheme for rural businesses

Voucher scheme for rural businesses

Published on 3rd March 2016

New and established businesses in Waveney can now benefit from advice on a range of business issues.

Free workshop for coastal businesses

Help and advice

Published on 2nd March 2016

Half of all businesses without an effective recovery plan fail within the first 12 months of experiencing a disaster - don't let this be you!

East Suffolk Business Plan

East Suffolk Business Plan

Published on 11th February 2016

On behalf of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, we are proud and delighted to present you with a copy of the first ever East Suffolk Business Plan.

Food businesses celebrate their 5 ratings

Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme

Published on 10th February 2016

An incredible 32 food businesses across Waveney were awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 by the Council's Food and Safety Team in January, highlighting their excellent approach to food safety.

New healthy food award launches in Suffolk

Eat Out Eat Well

Published on 21st January 2016

A new food award will help customers make healthier choices when eating out at Suffolk's restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Outline business case submitted for third crossing

Outline Business case for Lowestoft crossing

Published on 14th January 2016

Suffolk County Council and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership have formally submitted an outline business case for a third crossing at Lake Lothing to the Government's Department for Transport.

Help establish Suffolk's Energy Gateway

A12 consultation event

Published on 12th January 2016

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is holding two business breakfast consultation events in the coming weeks for all local businesses based along the A12 route between Ipswich and Lowestoft.

Scores on the doors

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Published on 11th January 2016

More food businesses based in the Waveney area have been awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 by the Council's Food and Safety Team.

Council leader welcomes flood alleviation work

Lowestoft flood

Published on 5th January 2016

The leader of Waveney District Council has welcomed the start of work by Anglian Water which will help alleviate flooding in Lowestoft.

Is your business prepared?

Gold award for councillor standards

Published on 22nd December 2015

East Suffolk businesses are being encouraged to take up support to ensure they are prepared against disruption.

New website for Lowestoft crossing

Outline Business case for Lowestoft crossing

Published on 18th December 2015

A new website has been launched, providing the latest information on the delivery of a new road crossing for Lowestoft.

It's beginning to look like Christmas in Lowestoft

Small Business Saturday in Lowestoft

Published on 9th December 2015

The Christmas festivities continue in Lowestoft this week with a wide range of events taking place over the weekend.

Christmas countdown continues in Lowestoft

Lowestoft shopping at Christmas

Published on 4th December 2015

A programme of Christmas events organised by Lowestoft Vision continues this weekend as the town celebrates Small Business Saturday with street entertainment, Santa and the Elves on the Shelves.

Waveney residents urged to 'shop local'

My Waveney

Published on 1st December 2015

Small independent businesses will be given a boost this weekend on Small Business Saturday and local shoppers are asked to further support their market towns through the My Waveney scheme.

Council committed to fishing future

Lowestoft harbour

Published on 30th November 2015

Following discussions between the Council and representatives of the fishing industry in Lowestoft, an independent report has been published about options and requirements for the future.

Council leader welcomes renewables investment in Lowestoft

Offshore wind power generation

Published on 19th November 2015

The leader of Waveney District Council has welcomed two major announcements which will establish Lowestoft as a leading centre for renewable energy.

Shopping habits survey


Published on 28th October 2015

NEMS Market Research are currently conducting telephone surveys in Waveney and surrounding districts to find out about the shopping habits of local people.

Businesses encouraged to increase resilience at a free business breakfast

Coastal management

Published on 27th October 2015

Planning for resilience can seem time consuming and difficult however businesses are being urged to make the time to plan.

Free coastal business resilience breakfast

Suffolk Coast

Published on 22nd October 2015

According to the Met Office, 2013/14 was the wettest winter on record. During this time, 3,200 commercial properties were badly affected by flooding and storm damage.

Could your business be a Future50 member?


Published on 12th October 2015

Innovative businesses from across Norfolk and Suffolk still have time to apply to become part of an exciting new business growth programme.

Award for business energy-saving project

Green Apple award for ECCE project

Published on 10th September 2015

A joint project helping businesses to become more energy efficient has been given a Green Apple Environmental Award.

Share your memories of offshore energy sector to mark 50th anniversary

Offshore gas memories

Published on 12th August 2015

The search is on to find current or former energy sector workers who have memories and photographs to share from the early days of offshore gas exploration off Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Pupils test their entrepreneurial skills

Pupils test their entrepreneurial skills

Published on 5th August 2015

An enterprise challenge run exclusively for Waveney primary schools has helped pupils learn more about becoming an entrepreneur.

Social media training for Waveney businesses

Gold award for councillor standards

Published on 4th August 2015

Around 100 Waveney businesses have been shown the merits of using social media tools at a series of recent training sessions organised by the Waveney Business Forum (WBF).

Book your place for Suffolk business events

Gold award for councillor standards

Published on 9th March 2015

Two exciting business events are taking place in Suffolk this month and spaces are still available.

Public meeting postponed

Lowestoft Rising

Published on 9th March 2015

A public meeting offering Lowestoft residents the opportunity to share their views on local services, has been postponed.

Council leader welcomes offshore wind farm funding

Offshore wind turbines

Published on 26th February 2015

An announcement regarding funding for the planned offshore wind farm East Anglia One has been welcomed by the leader of Waveney District Council.

Green project identifies potential savings of nearly 1.3million pounds

East Coast Carbon Efficiency project logo

Published on 23rd February 2015

A ground-breaking project in East Suffolk has helped local companies to reduce their business costs and their environmental impact at the same time.

Pancake Day race returns

Pancake Day Race returns

Published on 12th February 2015

Competitors are at the ready for the annual Pancake Day Race taking place on Tuesday 17 February at 12pm.

Share your views on third crossing at public meeting

Bascule Bridge closures for maintenance work

Published on 5th February 2015

A public meeting will be held to discuss third crossing options for Lake Lothing in Lowestoft, organised by Suffolk County Council.

Views sought on Sanyo site proposals

Sanyo site in Lowestoft

Published on 4th February 2015

Local people are being asked for their views on proposals for the development of the former Sanyo site in Lowestoft.

Be water wise

Be water wise

Published on 26th January 2015

Two special meetings are being held to focus on what people can do to be more water wise and safeguard our precious water supplies.

Council leader welcomes Cefas decision

Cefas Endeavour at Lowestoft

Published on 22nd January 2015

Council Leader Colin Law has welcomed the news that Cefas will be remaining in Lowestoft.

Flood support scheme generates funding for local business

Lowestoft flood

Published on 19th January 2015

More businesses in Lowestoft are benefiting from the Waveney District Council Flood Relief Business Support Scheme thanks to the efforts of the Lowestoft Vision BID Coordinator.

Suffolk firm has 'nuts and bolts' in place for superfast future

Better Broadband for Suffolk

Published on 8th January 2015

A Suffolk based business set up over 25 years ago is looking forward to an exciting future thanks to the new superfast broadband being rolled out across the county.

Big support for small businesses

Winner of the Waveney Business Forum Best Dressed Window competition The Marmalade Tree in Beccles. L-R: Kevin Vail, Lisa Stitchew, Peter Aldous MP

Published on 10th December 2014

Waveney shoppers turned out in full force on Saturday to show their support for the abundance of small independent shops and services in market towns throughout the district.

Flood anniversary special report: Part One - event, response and recovery

Lowestoft flood

Published on 5th December 2014

To mark the anniversary of the 2013 flooding, this special three-part report from Waveney District Council looks at the event itself, activity throughout the year and the future.

Flood anniversary special report: Part Two - a year of action

Flood emergency

Published on 5th December 2014

To mark the anniversary of the 2013 flooding, this special three-part report from Waveney District Council looks at the event itself, activity throughout the year and the future.

Flood anniversary special report: Part Three - protection and the future

Coastal protection at Lowestoft

Published on 5th December 2014

To mark the anniversary of the 2013 flooding, this special three-part report from Waveney District Council looks at the event itself, activity throughout the year and the future.

Council leader backs small shop initiative

Shop local in Waveney on Small Business Saturday

Published on 3rd December 2014

The leader of Waveney District Council is urging the local community to support their small independent shops and services this Saturday.

East Suffolk Partnership Forum success

East Suffolk Partnership Forum 2014: Waveney leader Cllr Colin Law, BBC Springwatch producer James Smith & Suffolk Coastal leader Ray Herring.

Published on 27th November 2014

The 'can-do' attitude of East Suffolk was celebrated at a special conference on 21 November.

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

Shop local in Waveney on Small Business Saturday

Published on 26th November 2014

Christmas shoppers in Waveney are being encouraged to 'shop local' on Small Business Saturday.

East Suffolk Partnership supports network of local businesses

Gold award for councillor standards

Published on 5th November 2014

Business representatives across East Suffolk are meeting regularly through the East Suffolk Business Association Network (ESBAN) to help meet the needs of business associations in East Suffolk.

Inspiring the next generation to aim high

Lowestoft Rising work inspiration day

Published on 29th October 2014

Local organisations have been inspiring primary school children in Waveney to think about their future careers.

Helping East Suffolk businesses go green

East Coast Carbon Efficiency project logo

Published on 28th October 2014

A ground-breaking project which aims to help small and medium sized businesses in East Suffolk become more efficient has exceeded the expectations of its creators.

Business view on new road crossing

Lake Lothing

Published on 10th October 2014

Political Leaders have welcomed the contribution of a leading organisation representing businesses in Lowestoft to the discussion about options for a new road crossing.

Suffolk businesses urged to visit London roadshow

Gold award for councillor standards

Published on 3rd October 2014

Small and medium-sized businesses from Suffolk are being encouraged to attend a London roadshow.

Free parking scheme extended

Free parking scheme extended

Published on 3rd October 2014

Lowestoft Vision and Waveney District Council, with support from Waveney Norse, have extended the free parking scheme which has been running since August.

Supporting entrepreneurs of the future

Fiver Challenge winners Gunton Community Primary School with Cheryl Willis, Waveney District Council.

Published on 18th August 2014

School children in the Waveney area have been learning essential new entrepreneurial skills, thanks to an initiative backed by Waveney District Council and local businesses.

Thousands of new jobs planned

In Partnership logo

Published on 14th August 2014

A plan to create thousands of new jobs in East Suffolk has now been agreed, under the East Suffolk Growth Plan.

Free parking Thursdays in Lowestoft!


Published on 7th August 2014

Visitors and the local community will be able to enjoy free parking in Lowestoft on Thursday afternoons during August and September.

Councils' green boost for local businesses

Heathlands with ECCE

Published on 24th July 2014

Local businesses are praising a council-backed energy efficiency scheme which is identifying savings they could make on their bills.

Green local businesses recognised at East Coast Carbon Efficiency project event

East Coast Carbon Efficiency Logo

Published on 30th May 2014

The work being carried out by local businesses to cut their costs, while helping save the environment, was celebrated at a special event recently.

Two hundred discuss Lowestoft future

lowestoft Conference

Published on 15th April 2014

200 people attended a landmark public event in Lowestoft today, to discuss key economic issues and priorities in the town.

Minister focused on Lowestoft support

Brandon Lewis with Colin Law

Published on 31st March 2014

The Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government visited Lowestoft and heard first hand how Waveney and Suffolk County Council are addressing issues arising from the December floods.

Last chance for Lowestoft Conference!

Colin Law

Published on 27th March 2014

The Leader of Waveney District Council is urging the people of Lowestoft not to miss out on a 'unique and innovative' public event next month.

Bringing Lowestoft Together

Colin Law

Published on 7th March 2014

A landmark public event which will invite the people of Lowestoft to speak to local leaders about key economic issues and priorities in the town is to take place next month.

Fund for businesses affected by recent storms

Save money on your bills

Published on 15th January 2014

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and NatWest Bank have announced the launch of a 250 million pound emergency fund to help UK businesses affected by the recent storms.

Partnership to attract visitors to town

Kirkley Business Association

Published on 15th November 2013

Waveney District Council and the Kirkley Businesses Association are continuing their partnership to attract visitors into Kirkley and, along with the community, experience the wide range of shops and services on offer.

Bright future for Sanyo site


Published on 6th September 2013

Following an approach from Sanyo UK, Waveney District Council is in advanced negotiations to purchase the company's former TV manufacturing site in Lowestoft.

New Anglia chairman welcomes funding


Published on 28th June 2013

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Andy Wood has today welcomed important Government initiatives which could help boost jobs, skills and infrastructure in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Halesworth Campus secures 50k funding

halesworth campus

Published on 29th May 2013

Residents of Halesworth can now look forward to years of high quality sport after Halesworth Campus Ltd secured 50k of National Lottery investment from Sport Englands Protecting Playing Fields fund.

All systems go for Kirkley Waterfront

Kirkly waterfront aerial

Published on 23rd May 2013

Exciting plans for Lowestoft moved on leaps and bounds this week with the adoption and publication of a comprehensive guide to development on the Kirkley Waterfront.

Pioneer Development scheme set to raise millions

Children at play

Published on 23rd May 2013

A development scheme approved by the Council is set to raise millions for the improvement of Towns facilities.

Waveney welcomes 'town centre study'


Published on 21st May 2013

Waveney District Council has welcomed the publication of an independent report which seeks to tackle the issues facing high street businesses in the districts market towns.

Lowestoft businesses urged to vote YES


Published on 15th May 2013

Lowestoft businesses are being urged to avoid missing out on a great opportunity to help reinvigorate the town by voting YES to creating a business improvement district before Wednesday 22 May.

Boost for households

Money house

Published on 4th March 2013

Waveney District Council is freezing the portion of Council Tax it receives for the third consecutive year.

Don't let your food hygiene rating go off!

Food hygiene

Published on 7th February 2013

Advice on how to maintain the highest possible food hygiene ratings is once more being given to businesses by food safety officers in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney.

Businesses to save thousands: could yours?

East Coast Carbon Efficiency project logo

Published on 25th January 2013

Businesses in Waveney and Suffolk Coastal are set to save thousands thanks to a green efficiency scheme delivered by the two councils.

Permit prices slashed

Cllr Stephen Ardley

Published on 14th January 2013

Waveney District Council is welcoming in the New Year with massive price reductions for car park permits throughout the district. Park for under a pound a day!

Learn more about business-boosting scheme

Nwes logo

Published on 10th January 2013

Following the launch of a scheme providing businesses with free support and training worth up to 300 pounds, drop-in sessions have been arranged around Waveney to provide further help and assistance.

Waveney Means Business - your views?

Waveney means business

Published on 24th December 2012

With Government funding cut again Waveney is determined to focus on economic growth and creating prosperity - what do our communities think about that?

Free parking boost for towns

Bungay Buttercross

Published on 1st October 2012

Waveney District Council's new one hour free parking scheme gets under way today in the market towns of Bungay and Halesworth.

Shopper survey could help local high streets


Published on 13th August 2012

Shoppers can help play their part in regenerating the town centres of Bungay, Beccles, Halesworth and Lowestoft and win prizes by taking part in a special survey.

'Portas Pilot' funding for Lowestoft


Published on 25th July 2012

Lowestoft is celebrating today after becoming one of a handful of towns to be chosen for funding and support from the Government as part of the Mary Portas Pilot Scheme.

Waveney welcomes China delegation

Jiangsu windfarm

Published on 15th June 2012

A delegation of world-leading wind farm equipment manufacturers and officials from China are coming to Waveney next week as part of a visit to the Eastern region.

Businesses: Are you ready for the Torch?

2012London Olympics

Published on 12th June 2012

Businesses in Suffolk are being urged to make sure they are ready for the Olympic torch's arrival in the county - which is now only 23 days away.

Businesses should claim their rate relief

Bank note

Published on 20th April 2012

The call has gone out to small businesses in east Suffolk to check that they are getting all the help with paying their business rates that they are entitled to.

Help boost our broadband bid!

Suffolk broadband campaign

Published on 19th January 2012

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils are backing a county-wide campaign to improve broadband speeds in Suffolk by asking residents to complete an important survey.

Better broadband for businesses


Published on 22nd December 2011

Businesses in east Suffolk are being urged to take a few minutes to add their support to the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign which wants to see superfast broadband implemented urgently.

High Five for Lowestoft

Renewable energy sector

Published on 30th November 2011

The ambition to create thousands of new jobs in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft was given a further boost after the area was named one of five national Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE).

A golden opportunity for local businesses

Orbis Centre

Published on 6th September 2011

East of England businesses are being offered a golden chance to challenge for significant new contracts at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast.

Bid success boosts East Coast's prospects

Offshore wind power generation

Published on 17th August 2011

With the backing of Waveney District Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership today expressed its delight after its bid for an Enterprise Zone was given the green light by the Government.

Boost for the East's energy sector

Renewable energy

Published on 11th August 2011

The appointment of a new Inward Investment Director by the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance (NSEA) will create significant investment opportunities for the energy industry in the two counties.

"Golden opportunity" for Norfolk & Suffolk

Orbis Centre

Published on 1st August 2011

With the backing of Waveney District Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership today revealed details of its bid to create thousands of jobs through an Enterprise Zone.

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