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Work starts on £4million Innovation Centre in King's Lynn

Innovation Centre

Published by the KLFM News Team at 6:19am 21st May 2015. (Updated at 9:32pm 21st May 2015)

Work is starting on a new £4million Innovation Centre in King's Lynn

It's hoped it will bring more high paid jobs to West Norfolk by creating new businesses that can thrive into the future.

As well as office space for start ups and small businesses there will be practical help with things like financial planning.

Council leader Nick Daubney spoke to KLFM's Ross Birkenshaw.

Kevin Horne is the Chief Executive of N-WES who are running it and says it's badly needed:

“The centre itself is going to be hopefully one of the most iconic in King’s Lynn but it’s not just about the building on it’s own. You will get lots of business support so it’s for people who want to set up a business, whether you just have an idea, or whether you are more developed, right through to getting the very highest quality support on patent protection, or financing, or what ever you may need.”

West Norfolk has a history of lower wages compared to other parts of the County and there are far fewer people with degrees and higher paid jobs here as a result.

It’s something that local authorities want to change and it’s hoped that this will be a step in the right direction as Kevin explains:

“King’s Lynn’s been a bit unlucky really. It’s not had the support for new business and growing business that some other places have seen. The idea of the Innovation Centre is to plug that gap, there are Innovation Centres in Cambridge and Norwich. King’s Lynn has plenty of opportunity and we are going to be there to plug the gap.”

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