We're delighted to be able to support so many innovative Food & Drink businesses in the East of England. Here are a few words from some of them.

Chris Elliott

The Feed


Everybody wins out of our partnership with One Planet Pizza and the Food Innovation Cluster: food wastage is avoided and our community of 2,000 households struggling to afford food have access to their tasty pizza.

Annabel Anderson

Old Rectory Preserves

Jams, marmalades and preserves

The whole team couldn’t have been more helpful or supportive. All contributed massively to the smooth running of the event. Alex, Charlotte, Colin, Clarke (listed alphabetically as you were all brilliant) – a heartfelt thank you. I loved getting to know my fellow producers better, and I am so excited to be working closely with you in the future. Sharing our stories about the challenges we have all had to face over the last couple of years really made me feel part of a community. I am no longer alone! Basically, a Michelin 3* all round. I couldn’t be happier!

Ewan Phillips

And It Has

Food Allergy Platform

"I have really benefitted from this programme. Nick, Alex and Gabby have been really supportive, enthusiastic and encouraging with our work to improve the experience of customers eating out safely and the up skilling of Front of House and Kitchen teams."

John Farley


Plant-based Protein

As inventors it is very easy to let the emotion cloud judgement - CS Sales, an exceptional organisation provided us with a realistic and objective report based on a thorough understanding of the project, provided by the grant funding and innovation support.

Angie Lester


Speciality Coffee Roaster

"I thought the sessions were clearly structured and have given me an excellent foundation… Thanks once again.”

Joe Hill

One Planet Pizza

Pizza Manufacturer

The Broadland Food Innovation Team helped secure us a valuable piece of market research and insights work with a leading UK agency. Without their support this is something we couldn’t afford as a small local business. These insights have helped us stay up to date with our competitors and secure key meetings with several of the UK’s largest retailers. We couldn’t have asked for better support – great communication, speedy delivery and continuous care and support!

Andrew Stacey

Herbarium Drinks

Non-alcoholic Drinks

Just a quick note to say a big THANK YOU for today at the Food and Drink Expo, we really appreciate the opportunity and all your efforts in making this happen, which we know is a lot of work. From our point of view, a really good day, positive and useful feedback, experience and many more people know who we are, and better still what the drinks taste like.

Arabella Brown

Paddy & Scott's


The Food and Drink Expo was a fantastically well organised event by the Innovation Cluster, with special thanks to Colin and Clarke for their support on the day. A great way for us to get in front of people we wouldn’t ordinarily and be a part of showcasing some of the amazing businesses within Suffolk & Norfolk!

Sam McCarthy

D & F McCarthy


The BFIC team have been an incredible support to D & F McCarthy Ltd. Initially we didn’t realise we’d be able to achieve support given that we’re already an established business, but the sheer amount of support that the team has offered us has allowed us to pursue a project we otherwise wouldn’t be able to. What started as a small idea has become a reality because of the help we were offered, and if there are any businesses wondering whether they should reach out for help, I could not recommend the cluster enough. Not only was the support forthcoming, the level at which it was delivered was incredibly high; we were given access to industry specialists immediately which filled in the gaps our business perfectly.

Cheryl Cade

Consultant Sommelier


I have found the business support from Nick to be invaluable. It has helped to refocus the business goals, stimulated growth and direction. The support has enabled me to gain an overview of aspects of my business that were hindering development. In, all the assistance I have gained in just 12 hours has led to giving my business a firmer foundation and confidence in its future.