Backing your ambition

Welcome to this exceptional opportunity to accelerate the success of your food or drink business.

We will champion your business, help you with expertise, and you’ll be in good company!

Innovation Centre

The Broadland Food Innovation Centre for food and drink SMEs and start-ups is offering the optimum environment for innovation and growth, combining bespoke facilities, support and cluster membership. Expect to grow and thrive.

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Innovation Support

The experienced business growth team is providing bespoke advice and guidance for food and drink start-ups and SMES which includes access to specialist consultants.  Expect bespoke expertise.

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Innovation Cluster

This emerging cluster in Norfolk and Suffolk is linking organisations interested in the commercial benefits of food innovation and in the future of food. Expect to meet people who will make the difference.

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About the Broadland Food Innovation Centre:

The Broadland Food Innovation Centre 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.

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Since 2021, the University of East Anglia (UEA) has been building a growing Food and Drink Innovation Cluster in Norfolk and Suffolk. It connects food and drink producers, suppliers and researchers and promotes knowledge exchange, collaboration and innovation.

The cluster is part of a wider project, working with Hethel Innovation who have developed an Innovation Support Programme to help guide food and drink SMEs and startups to market; removing barriers, avoiding pitfalls, and opening doors for businesses.

The Broadland Food Innovation Centre, which opened in September 2022, has been designed to meet both sustainable development criteria and British Retail Consortium requirements, providing a home for food and drink businesses who require food grade premises to accelerate their growth plans.

Meet the Team

Meet the people behind Innovation Support and the Food Innovation Cluster – we are here to help you. Get in touch!

Nick Smith

Food Business Consultant

Alex Larter

Food Innovation Cluster Manager

Charlotte Beach

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Martin Burchett

Relationship & Project Administrator

Sam Payne

Project Coordinator

With support from

European Union - European Regional Development Fund logo

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