Innovation New Anglia is an ERDF-funded program that is here to offer you free support, advice & guidance.
We can help you to:
- Generate great new ideas
- Invent a new product or service
- Discover applications for your research
- Set up your own business
- Create growth and opportunities within your business
- Enter new and emerging markets
- Collaborate with the research base
To find out more information, and how Innovation New Anglia can help you, please click here.
Innovation New Anglia is a new innovation-led business support program, operating from October 2015 – October 2018, in the New Anglia LEP region of Norfolk and Suffolk. With 5 delivery partners of Hethel Innovation, Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council, Norwich Research Park & the Institute of Food Research, the project aims to engage over 2000 businesses range a range of enabling and emerging sectors. The aim of the project is to: encourage innovation leadership through sharing knowledge and best practice; create/grow innovation infrastructure, including networks around innovation hubs; create/develop knowledge networks through linking the emerging and enabling sectors; implement innovation grant scheme, to provide funding to SMEs; embed innovation culture within organisations through support programs; develop innovation learning and business support workshops/seminars facilitate cross-sector innovation through brokering collaborations; support the commercialisation of innovation/research; develop innovation resources; and finally, grow knowledge intensive business/community innovation clusters.
Through this, the project has a number of set targets to achieve over the 3 years. This includes: providing non-financial support to 273 SMEs; facilitate 21 collaborations; award 21 innovation grants totaling £66,000; bring in £132,000 of private investment to match grants; support 21 new start-up businesses; create 78 jobs; and finally support 42 SMEs to launch new products, processes and services.
The project is receiving up to £802,467 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding