Nar Ouse Business Park, King’s Lynn
It’s been a busy few months on the Nar Ouse Business Park – the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) has won the prestigious commercial prize at the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors East of England Awards. This is hot on the heels of Nwes, the enterprise agency which operates KLIC, being awarded an impressive 6th place in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 – and if that wasn’t enough, KLIC received Royal approval when the Duke of York visited to see what’s on offer to businesses who locate on the EZ. There are now more than 50 people based at KLIC, with many more visitors and delegates attending regular events at the centre.
Utilities work on site is progressing well – the Borough Council have met with Openreach about ultra-fast broadband provision and are progressing the programme and cost for the all-important gas main diversion with the National Grid.
Coming soon: King’s Lynn Innovation Exhibition – 13 June 2017: Celebrating the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre’s first year, this event will bring together entrepreneurs and innovators to showcase the best of business innovation from across West Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and beyond. Book your place today: https://www.nwes.org.uk/events/kings-lynn-innovation-exhibition/
Norwich Research Park
The Institute of Food Research has officially transitioned into Quadram Institute Bioscience in preparation for the opening of its new home at the Quadram Institute next year. You can read all about their pioneering work on their new website.
The QI site was also in the news as George Freeman MP visited for a ceremonial final cement pouring and to speak at the One Nucleus microbiome leadership seminar. Following on from the success of the seminar, NRP will be hosting more exciting and renowned conferences later this year – Genome 10K 2017 and Genome Science 2017. Covering evolution through changes in DNA, conservation, genomics technology, innovation and more, this is the first time these parallel conferences have been hosted in Norwich. For more information and to book, visit the Earlham Institute website.
NRP has been awarded nearly £434,000 towards a nursery facility, ahead of the launch of the Government’s scheme offering 30 hours of free childcare for 3 to 4 year olds later this year. This grant, along with financial support from the John Innes Foundation and Norfolk County Council, will provide much-needed facilities for the children of both staff and students, and it’s hoped the building will be delivered by the end of 2017.
After its official opening in January, Leaf Systems continues to grow with five staff members now on site.
Scottow Enterprise Park
As well as accommodating over 50 business with around 200 jobs in the Enterprise Zone, Scottow Enterprise Park continues to be a centre for outreach and supporting businesses.
A consultation day was held recently to share proposals for SEP’s future, particularly plans for protecting and tidying up the wealth of World War II and Cold War buildings on the site. Plus, the Activate start-up workshop programme, Enterprise Open Days and Bitesize Business Seminars are just some of the business events that are coming up – for info visit the Hethel Innovation website.
Most excitingly, the new incubation space for start-ups and early stage businesses, complete with meeting rooms and a 30-seat conference room, is ready to launch. Offering low rent space and business support, like the Launch Pad program – see www.scottowenterprisepark.com for details – this is the perfect nursery for the EZ’s future tenants. For more information on the incubation space or anything else Scottow-related, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 737 116 to speak to a member of the SEP team.
Suffolk Business Park, Bury St Edmunds
St Edmundsbury Borough Council has granted outline planning consent to developer-promoter Jaynic for the 114-acre Suffolk Park business scheme at Bury St Edmunds, which includes 35 acres of Enterprise Zone. Usages include B1 (office, research & development and light industrial) and B8 (warehousing, storage and distribution) development.