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East Anglia Productivity Forum

This area covers Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and is home to 2.5 million. East Anglia is ranked 17th of the 41 NUTS2 regions that make up the United Kingdom and in productivity terms sits between the regions of Essex and the West Midlands. Within the area, there are places and people that are doing well and experiencing high living standards. Elsewhere there are places where people struggle. And even within those places seen to be achieving, there are large disparities. Our emerging research agenda focuses on some themes that are specific to the area – such as the national importance of Greater Cambridge, the opportunities provided by the Fens, and the role of the coast in providing clean energy for the UK – as well as engaging with the wider themes of The Productivity Institute.

East Anglia’s Productivity Challenge: Exploring the issues

Find out more about the historic context, key issues and future research priorities of productivity in East Anglia in our insights paper, which sits alongside an executive summary: a high-level overview highlighting its productivity picture, including a scattergraph showing the disparities on a NUTS3 level in comparison with the UK average, the primary drivers and bottlenecks, a SWOT analysis and a look to the future.

Insights Paper
Executive Summary

Key Contacts

Owen Garling

East Anglia Forum Lead
University of Cambridge

Alex Plant

East Anglia Forum Chair
Anglian Water


Andrew Harston

Associated British Ports

Belinda Clarke


C-J Green

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

Claire Ruskin

Cambridge Network

Dan Thorp

Cambridge Ahead

David Richardson

University of East Anglia

Dr Nikos Savvas

West Suffolk College

Fiona McDiarmid

Norfolk County Council

Henry Shropshire

G's Group

Jo Lancaster

Huntingdonshire District Council

Johnathan Reynolds


Mark Dorsett


Paul Raynes

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Rachel Stopard

Greater Cambridge Partnership

Steve Baker

East Suffolk Council

Tim Whitley


Tom Hennessy

Opportunity Peterborough

Tony Jones

One Nucleus

Andy Williams


Chris Starkie

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

Dr. Tina Barsby

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)


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