Tenants will benefit from being in an optimum environment alongside other food businesses, all accessing bespoke innovation support, with membership of the newly-formed food and drink cluster. Tenants will also have access to research and development being carried out at the Norwich Research Park.
Food and drink businesses can also apply now for innovation support coordinated by Hethel Innovation. Eligible businesses will receive bespoke insight and guidance on:
- Business planning
- Market and customer trends
- New product development
- Implementing new technologies and systems
- Accessing financial support (grants & investment)
The cluster, managed by the University of East Anglia, is also welcoming members now. This cluster will bring together research, academia, supply, production, the food and drink community, charities, government, and finance. Businesses will have access to:
- Private networking events
- Workshops led by industry experts
- Network of researchers and technical experts
- Conferences and events
- Online community
To explore the opportunities presented by Innovation Support and the Cluster please start here https://info481803.typeform.
The project has received £5.7 m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.
This project is supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, which has contributed £4.14m - £2.7m from the HM Government Getting Building Fund and £1.44m from the New Anglia LEP Growing Places Fund.
The balance of funds and resources come from Broadland District Council, the University of East Anglia and Hethel Innovation, along with support from City College Norwich and Quadram Institute.