Duke of York visits King’s Lynn Innovation Centre

The Duke of York leaving the King's Lynn Innovation Centre after last year's visit. Picture: Ian Bur

The Duke of York leaving the King's Lynn Innovation Centre after last year's visit. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A business centre is looking forward to a Royal visitor today.

Enterprise Agency Nwes is welcoming The Duke of York to its flagship King's Lynn Innovation Centre.

The Duke, who champions new businesses, founded Pitch@Palace in 2014, to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet the people who can help make their business dreams become a reality.

Nwes client Sarah Mintey of Developing Experts, an alumni of Pitch@Palace, has benefitted from great networking opportunities and has raised substantial financial investment into her company as a result.

KLIC, which opened in June 2016, has already had an impact on the local business community, and is set to support new and growing businesses in West Norfolk for many years to come. The building already boasts 85pc occupancy and is now home to 15 tenants, 4 co-workers, and 10 virtual tenants, each benefiting not only from the excellent facilities offered by the state-of-the-art building, but also on-site business advice, access to business funding, and events and networking opportunities, as part of their tenancy package. KLIC also hosts regular meetings of the BNI Vancouver and BNI Lynnovation groups.

Nwes chief executive, Kevin Horne said: 'We are delighted and honoured to welcome the Duke of York back to our flagship building in West Norfolk.

'It is always a pleasure to share our enthusiasm for supporting start-up and growing businesses with those who have the same passion. We welcome the opportunity to showcase some of the local businesses supported through Nwes, and again highlight how we ensure start-up and growing businesses in the local area are given every opportunity to flourish.'

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KLIC is a landmark building, delivered by Nwes and developed in partnership with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and West Norfolk council. It offers long-awaited state-of-the-art commercial workspace, business support, access to finance, and business events.

Mr Horne said: 'During the previous visit His Royal Highness expressed how impressed he was with the services and facilities available to local businesses and entrepreneurs. With this second visit we have the opportunity to show the impact our services and facilities have actually had in supporting local businesses and enterprise to grow and thrive.

'We also look forward to demonstrating our innovative new online business support platform to The Duke of York. Start&Grow provides free access to all the support and resources that businesses need to start-up and, in time, to expand and grow.'

Services delivered by Nwes include high-calibre 1-to-1 business advice, mentoring and workshops. Additionally, Nwes provides access to financial sources and funding opportunities, providing the tools for local entrepreneurs and start-up businesses to flourish and further strengthen the local economy.

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