Greater Norwich is strengthening its position as a hub for advanced engineering. Over 95ha of development land is available at two established and very successful locations.

Both the Hethel Engineering Centre and Norwich International Airport have ambitious development plans, and between them offer attractive investment opportunities for advanced engineering, aviation and ancillary businesses.

Hethel Engineering Centre

The Hethel Engineering Centre (HEC) is a successful and innovative incubation centre dedicated to supporting high performance engineering and manufacturing companies.

20ha of land is available for development as part of HEC’s vision to develop a Technology Park and create over 1,000 high skilled jobs.

Home to automotive companies such as Group Lotus, Zenos Cars, Ansible Motion, Pangean Engineering and Tech Mahindra, HEC is also the base for cutting edge businesses working in areas such as food processing and packaging, defence, offshore, agriculture and ICT.

HEC offers flexible workshop and office space, training, support and shared expertise. Success rates are extremely high with 95% of the companies that have received support still in business after three years, and 88% after five years…well above national averages.

Following a recent 40,000sqft expansion, HEC is now able to offer larger workshops and offices as well as virtual / hot desks and small incubation space.

Find out more about the Hethel Engineering Centre at


‘I am not overstating when I say we would not be where we are today without the backing of the Hethel Engineering Centre team’

Ansar Alli,
MD of Zenos Cars


Norwich International Airport

Ambitious plans are also underway around Norwich International Airport where 75 ha of land has been earmarked for development.

Norwich AeroPark is being developed on 40 ha of the site and will unlock opportunities for aviation-related and other businesses. It will also strengthen the Airport’s aim to become a leading centre for aviation support services and a key location for commercial activity in the region.

An additional 35 ha are available for the development of a business park to the north of the airport.

A new £13m Norwich International Aviation Academy is due to open in 2017. It is a partnership between Norwich International Airport, KLM UK Engineering Limited, UEA and City College Norwich and will train and develop aviation professionals through a ‘real world’ learning environment, attracting both local and international students.


“Norwich International Airport is already a major hub for business in the region. The further development of the Airport and the surrounding business parks will build on this, bringing benefits to the Greater Norwich economy and creating jobs.”

Andrew Bell,
Chief Executive, 
Norwich International Airport