South African Delegation Visit to Norfolk Innovation Centres

9 November 2017

The worldwide reputation of the East as a centre for Life Sciences, Biotech and Advanced Manufacturing was further enhanced earlier this month, as three sites along the Cambridge-Norwich Tech Corridor welcomed a delegation from the South African government.

Officials from the South African national Department of Trade & Industry visited Norwich Research Park, Hethel Innovation and Cambridge Science Park earlier this month as part of a two-week fact finding tour of industrial and business parks across Europe, which also takes in textile clusters in Milan and Florence and industrial sites in Madrid.

On Wednesday 1st November, delegates were hosted by members of the Norwich Research Park management team lead by Development & Leasing Manager, Jonathan Barnard and New Anglia LEP. At Hethel Innovation, officials visited the Innovation Centre to see a demonstration from renewable energy experts Connected Energy. The visits follows a tour of Cambridge Science Park which took place on Monday 30th October.

The purpose of the tour is to learn more about the European model of business parks and sector-specific industrial areas and how they can help stimulate economic growth. It follows Government research in South Africa which identified the Italy, Spain and the UK – and specifically the East – as examples of successful industry sector clusters which are leading the way in the commercialisation of academic research.