The Food and Drink iNet (innovation network) was established in 2008 to co-ordinate specialist support to stimulate innovation in the food and drink industry. Innovation is a means of increasing profitability through the successful exploitation of new ideas and is a powerful tool for maintaining competitive advantage.
Working at the heart of the food and drink sector we have developed an effective network and can provide funding to bring businesses’ ideas and academic expertise together to drive innovation.
In its first three years the Food and Drink iNet has supported more than 80 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with grants for innovation projects and delivered over 1000 instances of one-to-one tailored business advice and guidance.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Food and Drink iNet is managed by a consortium, led by The Food and Drink Forum and including, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Lincoln, and the University of Nottingham. It is based at Southglade Food Park, Nottingham, with advisors covering the East Midlands region.