Nwes welcomes the Duke of York to the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre

Enterprise agency, Nwes was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of York to the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC), its flagship business centre in West Norfolk, on Friday 17 March.

His Royal Highness is a keen supporter of entrepreneurship.  As part of his support for British prosperity, he works to encourage economic growth, and engages with a broad range of organisations, who provide programmes and schemes to facilitate the growth of smaller entrepreneurial ventures and companies, including accelerators and incubators.  He also has a number of Entrepreneurship Patronages.

King’s Lynn Innovation Centre was opened by Nwes in June 2016, and is partnered with New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.  The Duke was keen to understand the impact the centre is already having on entrepreneurs and the local business community, and took the time to talk with tenants and visitors to the centre.

Chris Girdlestone, Managing Director of Hut 42, a new digital, software and app development business, which moved into KLIC in November 2016, is very positive about having the opportunity to talk to His Royal Highness about the opportunities the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre has already brought to the business.

“West Norfolk has previously lacked a strong voice for innovation.  King’s Lynn Innovation Centre has given Hut 42 the opportunity to have a professional base and to make new business connections.”  Chris explains.

“Today’s visit by The Duke of York is exciting.  It’s recognition that small businesses are on-the-up due to technology and innovation enabling us to compete with larger organisations.”

Following a presentation by Nwes Chief Executive, Kevin Horne, His Royal Highness enjoyed a tour of the facilities.  Meeting delegates who were attending a free business skills workshop with Nwes Trainer, John Clarke, The Duke was interested to learn more about their businesses and aspirations for the future.

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“King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a hotbed for innovation.  It’s a place where entrepreneurs and innovators can follow their aspirations and can meet their goals, aims and objectives.  The visit to the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre by His Royal Highness Duke of York has helped bring this to the fore.”

Kevin Horne, Nwes Chief Executive

After talking to KLIC tenants, including Hut 42, Anglia IT Solutions, and the local BNI networking group, His Royal Highness visited the coworking suite of KLIC.  This shared business space offers individual desks at low cost to entrepreneurs to give them the opportunity to grow.

“The Duke understood that business has changed a great deal in recent years,” explains coworking tenant, John Chandler of Chandler Design Associates.

“It’s more technology based now, and he was interested in hearing more about how we deal with change and keep pace.”

Paul Keen, of Worldwide Environmental Services, agrees.  “The Duke’s visit was very good.  He understands that business in King’s Lynn is just as important as anywhere else.  He was very knowledgeable and understood the challenges faced by small businesses today and how King’s Lynn Innovation Centre supports us.”

Nwes Chief Executive, Kevin Horne, was also enthusiastic about the Royal visit.

“King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a hotbed for innovation.”  Mr Horne explains.

“It’s a place where entrepreneurs and innovators can follow their aspirations and can meet their goals, aims and objectives.  The visit to the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre by His Royal Highness Duke of York has helped bring this to the fore.”

Find out more about how King’s Lynn Innovation Centre can support your business.

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