Seven years and £7.6M in the making, Hethel Engineering Centre started trading in February 2006. HEC is the realisation of a vision driven by Norfolk County Council as a key aspect of driving the growth and success of high-performance engineering and manufacturing companies throughout the region and beyond.
However, a number of key partners provided support and investment along the way – all of whom continue to support the business:
Norfolk County Council aims to create an inspirational environment to develop aspirational people and deliver sustainable economic growth
South Norfolk Council aim to encourage and support businesses and local enterprise through the enterprise development scheme aimed at supporting innovation, sustainable economic growth and job creation.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership works with businesses and organisations spanning private, public and voluntary sectors. New Anglia acts as the sub-regional economic partnership.
Group Lotus is established as a specialist in the global automotive industry, both as a successful manufacturer of sports cars and as a leading engineering consultancy for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.