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Norwich Climate Commission

In November 2021, through the work of the City Vision partnership, the city took a significant step in its journey to zero carbon, with the launch of a new independent climate commission. Organisations and groups from the public, private and civic sectors across Norwich are represented on the commission, which will support the city’s goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2045 and provide leadership and advice regarding climate change and sustainability.

The new commission  has a shared responsibility to generate awareness and use of best practice in support of the city’s environmental targets, alongside researching and reviewing new issues in the interests of stimulating informed opinion and debate. The commission will feed into the City Vision partnership and other key organisations, groups, networks and communities across the area.

Norwich Good Economy Commission

The City Vision partnership identified the need to consider our local economy in more detail and in 2019 Norwich City Council, University of East Anglia and other organisations in the local economy collaborated to form the Norwich Good Economy Commission. This is a unique forum for our community to come together and address some of the problems in our city’s economy, by creating a space for sustainable, innovative projects, backed by consistent research and evidence.

The Commission has been researching, testing initiatives and evaluating existing approaches, whilst learning from best practice across the UK, to leave a lasting impact on people’s lives. The experience will drive a change in Norwich by altering the delivery of existing services and programmes, changing anchor institution practices and building new collaborations. This will help attract additional funding and coordinate existing resources to tackle key problems in our city and improve our lives.

City of Stories

In 2019 Visit Norwich, part of Norwich Business Improvement District, invested in national market research. It was part of a wider initiative to put Norwich on the map and to support the Norwich 2040 City Vision. It found that 81% of Brits love going on a UK city break, and Norwich offers everything they look for in a place to go, and more. But some people couldn’t point to Norwich on a map or know what’s found here. 

Local branding experts helped us shape the story and how it’s told. A story that belongs to the people who live and work here. The people that make Norwich what it is. We’re a city that celebrates the independent, stimulates creativity, promotes change and encourages diversity. We’re the City of Stories, and we always have new stories to tell.

Norwich Town Deals Programme

In 2020 Norwich was revealed as one of the first seven places across the country to be given £25m from the government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund. The funding gives us the opportunity to rethink our approach to achieving our ambitions as part of Norwich 2040 City Vision and allows us to look at our long-term future regionally, nationally and internationally.

Developed with the City Vision partnership, local communities, partners and public/private investors; the Town Deal projects will provide a highly significant boost to deliver major regeneration alongside much needed skills infrastructure and jobs at a time when we are facing an unprecedented challenge to the future prosperity of the city, its residents and business community.

Eight core projects will support the delivery of jobs, homes, skills and action to reduce our carbon emissions. Projects include activities which ensure all our residents directly benefit from the proposed investment. The DigiTech Factory at Norwich City College opened its doors on 20 October 2021, and the other projects feature in the technical appendix of our Corporate Plan.

Norwich Creative City Compact

Arts, culture and heritage is critical to the fabric and character of Norwich. The sector has been hit hard by the pandemic and it’s important that we work collectively with the sector, as part of our City Vision partnership, to support growth in this area over the longer term, recognising that it is essential to the city’s future and contributes to the general wellbeing of our residents.

This is being done through our Norwich Creative City Compact , a local partnership which formed in 2020 and developed a five-year plan that takes the city and its partnerships a measurable way along the journey to realising our 2040 Vision.