The Duke of York, founder of Pitch@Palace and a keen supporter of entrepreneurship, made a return visit yesterday to Nwes’ flagship King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC).
KLIC offers long-awaited state-of-the-art commercial workspace, business support, access to finance, and business events to start-up and growing businesses in West Norfolk. The visit to KLIC is another example of how His Royal Highness continues to engage with those providing programmes and schemes to facilitate the growth of smaller entrepreneurial ventures and companies, including accelerators and incubators. The Duke of York was impressed to learn of the growth of Nwes itself since his visit in March 2017. The organisation has fully integrated into the London market and more recently expanded to cover East Midlands.
Pitch@Palace works with entrepreneurs to support the amplification and acceleration of their activities and engages with a broad range of organisations who share his passion to support business growth. Founded by His Royal Highness in 2014, Pitch@Palace recognises the profound role that entrepreneurship is playing, and will continue to play in the future of the United Kingdom and global economy. The programme gives 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.
During his visit The Duke of York dropped in to the First Steps to Start-up workshop, delivered by Nwes Business Advisor Richard Voisey. Richard said “It was great that His Royal Highness saw the benefits of entrepreneurs being able to come together to share experiences in the early stages of their start-up businesses.”
His Royal Highness took time to speak to the workshop attendees and KLIC tenants to learn about their business and how Nwes was providing them with the support to grow. The Duke particularly noted the importance of Nwes’ events to provide a business community, such as that within the KLIC environment. This was highlighted during The Duke of York’s informal chat with members of the BNI, who currently meet weekly at KLIC.