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Norfolk MP and business leader meet minister to discuss future of food manufacturing in county

PUBLISHED: 14:46 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 03 May 2018

MP Chloe Smith in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

MP Chloe Smith in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The government should now be "well aware" of Norfolk's aspirations for its food manufacturing sector following a meeting between MPs at Westminster.

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North, met food and farming minister George Eustice and chief executive of New Anglia LEP Chris Starkie to discuss the next steps for the Unilever site in Bracondale, Norwich after the Colman’s mustard maker leaves in 2019.

“Good conversations” took place on the future of food manufacture in Norfolk, said Ms Smith.

“George has always been very clear that the government is looking to be as positive as possible about the sector,” she said.

Ms Smith said there was also some discussion of funds available to support the sector locally, which the LEP could help to secure.

She added: “I think many people feel that now is the moment to look more widely and see what we can do to attract more industry, jobs and prospects to Norwich.

“This was a useful meeting for making the government well aware of what our aspirations are.”

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