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Broadland Food Innovation Centre opening in autumn 2022

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Broadland Food Innovation Centre opening in autumn 2022

In January a ceremony was held to mark the lifting the last steel during the construction of the Broadland Food Innovation Centre. The build is on schedule and will be ready to open in autumn 2022 and is now welcoming enquiries from potential tenants.

The Broadland Food Innovation Centre, being built close to Norwich, is part of a food innovation project designed to support and fast-track the growth and success of food and drink businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The project represents Broadland District Council’s ambition to generate the optimum environment for business growth and to support the local economy by providing bespoke units with wrap-around services that will help food businesses in the region develop.

The Centre will offer 13 food-grade incubation units, two test kitchens, a sensory kitchen, meeting rooms and state of the art conferencing facilities.

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

Businesses interested in the facilities at the Broadland Food Innovation Centre should contact Nick Dunn at Brown & Co via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To explore the opportunities presented by Innovation Support and the Cluster please start here  https://info481803.typeform.com/to/yMf9sOxH or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.  

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