COLUMN: Richard Bacon MP - ‘I’m amazed at the world class businesses on our door step’


I never cease to be amazed by how many world-class businesses are tucked away in South Norfolk, quietly doing business all over the world.

Last week, I paid a visit to Glazing Vision in Diss and met with managing director Jon Shooter and his team. They showed me how they manufacture architectural rooflights for customers from Diss to Dubai. Their clientele includes celebrities, billionaires and major global institutions.

However, Glazing Vision’s product is so high-end that there isn’t an appropriate European Standard that covers their work. This means Glazing Vision’s competitors are using the “CE” kitemark without necessarily producing manufactured products to a high enough standard.

I’ll be taking this up with trade ministers because, if you’re going to have common rules, everyone needs to abide by them in the same way.


It’s good news that South Norfolk Council’s masterplan for Long Stratton has been approved. This has been a long time in coming and a much-needed bypass is finally within reach.

Long Stratton’s residents now have the opportunity to shape the future of their community. The chairman of Long Stratton’s Parish Council, Steve Adcock, was absolutely right to say in last week’s Diss Express that the focus needs to be on making growth work for the village.

I have always believed that, with local residents on board, development can be harnessed to strengthen Long Stratton for the benefit of everyone. I urge anyone with an interest in the future of Long Stratton to respond to South Norfolk Council’s final consultation period for the Action Plan when it opens later this year.


The commemorations of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War have been truly moving.

Every soldier named on each memorial in Norfolk has his own story of love, duty and sacrifice. It is right that we have not been distracted from honouring the bravery of these men by a debate on the causes or necessity of the war.

The mothers, daughters and sisters of those fighting at the front must be honoured for the part they played in the factories, fields and hospitals in supporting their loved ones.

Even though the Great War has now moved out of living memory, the people of Norfolk have made certain that the sacrifices made a century ago will not be forgotten.