knowledge sectors

The knowledge economy is the use of knowledge to generate tangible and intangible values. Technology and, in particular, knowledge technology help to incorporate part of human knowledge into machines. 

Biotech / Bioeconomy


Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider East of England are home to pioneering life science research with an international reputation, as well as established and emerging biotechnology industry clusters.

This leading edge of innovative, high-technology businesses has close links with the wider health, food and agriculture sectors, with huge potential for future growth.

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Cleantech / Low carbon economy


Clean technology refers to any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities.

Within the Cleantech sector in the east of England, there are currently 55 operating composite companies, and over 64,000 jobs within construction, highlighting the impact of the sector on the local economy.

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Infotech / smart economy


Comprising ICT, computer research, and creative digital, our smart economy supports the growth of our emerging sectors as a connected whole.

It is our aim to develop a world-leading smart economy, encapsulating the principles of lifelong health and wellbeing, a vibrant and balanced economy, connected people, and a sustainable environment.

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