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19 December, 2007 - 12:29 By News Desk

Skills Academy gets boost

The Norwich-based East of England Skills Academy for Financial Services has received a funding boost from the UK’s largest general insurer, Norwich Union, which is to double its investment in the Academy to £200,000 over the next five years.Speaking at the official launch of the Academy at St Andrew’s House, Andrew Moss, chief executive of Aviva plc, Norwich Union’s parent company, said: “Our financial commitment to the East of England Academy gives us an opportunity to influence the development of skills and qualifications that will be directly of benefit to us, to students and to other businesses operating in the East of England. “Norwich remains a key strategic centre for our business and this is a part of our ongoing investment in the city.” With around 100 courses available ranging from diplomas to degrees, the Academy will eventually provide up to 2,000 students each week the opportunity to develop skills in such areas as customer service, relationship management and retail financial services. Norfolk Primary Care Trust to relocate 250 staff Norfolk Primary Care Trust is relocating 250 of its staff  to the recently completed Lakeside 400 building on Broadland Business Park from nearby St Andrew’s House. The Trust is the latest in a high profile line of new occupiers of offices on the Park, which include Norwich Union, Homeserve, Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lucas Fettes, Norfolk County Council and the Health and Safety Executive. The Norfolk PCT are expecting to move into Lakeside 400 in the spring, the most recent new office building to be opened on the Park. Designed by Norwich architects, LSI, it comprises a total of 26,300 sq ft on three storeys and is constructed with a range of environmentally efficient features aimed at minimising running costs and energy consumption. Trust director, David Stonehouse, said: “To move our commissioning staff to Lakeside 400, and find similar suitable alternative accommodation for other PCT staff, will provide an appropriate working environment and will help to maximise both commissioning and provider operational effectiveness through improved communications and team development.” Simon Radford, chief executive of KBC Asset Management, advisors to the owners of the Park, Broadland Unit Trust, said: “The Park provides an excellent working environment: it is easily accessed, the buildings are of exceptional quality, the facilities are first class and very great care has been taken in the provision and maintenance of a prestige, clean, safe and attractive environment.” A further new office building is due for completion by Broadland Unit Trust at Christmas. Lakeside 200 will provide 10,000 sq ft of office space on two floors. The building is available as a single letting or in floors of 5000 sq ft.

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