Innovation Support

Support from us means sound decisions for you. If you're making growth decisions for your small food or drink business, you could be eligible for bespoke advice, insights and expertise

Expect bespoke expertise

Could you benefit from 12 hours of funded innovation support? When you're growing your small food business, the decision making never stops. We recognise that the challenge is knowing how to make the right decision at the right time. Do you have all the skills, knowledge and market information you need?

The purpose of this funded service is to help you make those sound decisions that lead to good results. It's delivered by Hethel Innovation and forms one part of the whole Broadland Food Innovation Centre project. Eligible businesses will access a minimum of 12 hours of funded support. Eligible means you could be starting from scratch or have been established for a number of years.

Bespoke support package
You build your bespoke support package with our Food Advisor, working out the priorities to overcome your challenges and access new opportunities. For example, reviewing your strategy, developing new products, accessing market insight.

£250,000 grant funding
How about if you are seeking technical support such as shelf-life analysis, process improvement or website development? If you qualify then the project’s £250,000 grant funding can be utilised to connect you with consultants and experts to provide focused pieces of support.

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Meet Our Members

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.

Angie Lester


Speciality Coffee Roaster

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

Ewan Phillips

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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."

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Meet the Team

With over 20 years of experience within the Food & Drink sector Nick provides businesses with an insightful, supportive, and innovative experience on the Broadland Food Innovation Centre project. Nick has worked within a number of different food and drink environments and has supported businesses from a variety of sectors. He has worked with entrepreneurs at the idea stage, established SMEs looking to scale, and large businesses looking to establish and build local supply chains. Nick is ready to empower and mentor businesses ready to take that next step.

Nick Smith

ERDF Food Business Advisor

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