Watton

The area of Wayland lies at the heart of Breckland in the county of Norfolk and is one of its best kept secrets! Wayland is an ancient community consisting of a small market town and 13 villages, its name predates the Domesday Book.

The market town of Watton offers a wide and varied range of independent retailers and other businesses, a High Street Charter Market every Wednesday and an award winning Farmers Market held on the first Saturday of every month.

The former RAF Watton airbase played a major role during the Second World War and although recently shut down the site has provided welcome and realistically priced housing accommodation for local people.

The Wayland Partnership Development Trust is a community led regeneration partnership focusing on the town of Watton and its thirteen neighboring rural parishes which for some years have been vulnerable to poverty and deprivation through a downturn in the local economy and the loss of services. Since the Partnership was formed in 1999, the project has been a genuine and exciting grass roots development with all of its early activity achieved by volunteers working for their community.

In the last two years the Partnership has grown, with the opening of Wayland House in Watton High Street which is an exciting and prestigious development offering a new generation of support for knowledge and technology based growth-orientated business. Wayland House provides fully serviced office & work space accommodation to new businesses in an environment that provides access to vital support services, knowledge & facilities, needed to help any new business to survive the early years.

It also provides a wide range of facilities for community use and the Presence Office is used by a variety of support and information agencies such as Breckland Council and the Registrars Office. The building is owned by the communities and organisations that form the Wayland Partnership - held in Trust and managed on their behalf by the Wayland Partnership Development Trust.
Wayland House forms the base for the Partnership’s full-time and part-time members of staff, and the continuing support of a large number of volunteers. The Partnership has attracted more than £2.5m in funding to the Wayland area since 1999 and has enabled a variety of innovative and successful community projects.

Community Events – Business Involvement
A number of local initiatives have been set up as follows:
• Wayland Women in Business Forum
• BASE Training for local retailers sponsored by Action for Market Towns
• A High Street Retailers Forum
• A Wayland Farmers Forum
• A wide range of tourism activities closely involving our local business community such as accommodation and foodstuff providers






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