Businesses invited to KLIC and Connect in February

Businesses invited to KLIC and Connect in February

New Anglia Growth Hub and Innovate UK EDGE are offering business advice, digital skills and information about grants to local businesses.

The popularity of the first KLIC and Connect event, held at the end of January, has resulted in extra business support advice being made available at the second event coming up later this month.

KLIC and Connect, from 8.30am-1pm on 23 February, is a free event where businesses in west Norfolk can find new opportunities, meet other businesses and get information, advice and support from the New Anglia Growth Hub and Innovate UK EDGE.

Just announced for the second event will be business training provider MENTA. They offer training and support with digital skills, sales skills, marketing, business planning, book-keeping and general business advice to the micro-business community and self-employed people. The not for profit also offers co-working and serviced business spaces in the eastern region.

Also new for 23 February will be information about the new grants available through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Fund. Between them, these funds aim to revitalise communities and boost the local economy.

Deputy Leader of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, Cllr Graham Middleton, said: “This event promises to be even better than the first and I would encourage anyone who has a small business in west Norfolk, or is thinking about starting one, to come along and meet us.

“Small businesses are at the heart of the west Norfolk economy: more than 98% of our companies are small businesses. We know there is a need to support early-stage business growth to further grow the business base in West Norfolk; helping them to succeed helps the borough to succeed and people to thrive. This event is all about making sure they have the support they need.”

Julian Munson, Head of Enterprise Zones and Innovation at New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “I am delighted that the Connected Innovation Programme, which joins up the innovation ecosystem across Norfolk and Suffolk, has been able to support King’s Lynn Innovation Centre based at our Nar Ouse Enterprise Zone Business Park. This event will simplify the business support and innovation funding landscape for businesses in the region.”

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about exciting developments in King’s Lynn, including plans for the Nar Ouse Business Park, proposals for an Innovation and Collaboration Incubator and how KLIC can help businesses by offering meeting spaces, hotdesking, co-working and more.

The events will be open to current KLIC tenants and all local businesses in the borough of west Norfolk and the general catchment area of the KLIC centre.

For more information email economic.development@west-norfolk.gov.uk.

KLIC is located at Innovation Drive, King's Lynn, PE30 5BY.

This event is part of the Connected Innovation programme from New Anglia LEP. It is made possible by the Norfolk Strategic Fund and the Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund and Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, and supported by Nar Ouse Business Park Enterprise Zone and the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.

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