The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is based in Holbeach in South Lincolnshire and is part of the University of Lincoln. More than 250 leading food businesses currently work with and access NCFM’s facilities, courses and research.
This leads to businesses building the skills and capacity in their teams to maintain and monitor existing operations, but also to innovate and aspire.
The new ERDF funded project will create a ‘Centre of Excellence’ delivering innovation support services and research for Greater Lincolnshire's Agri-food businesses. The project will encourage businesses to promote the rapid uptake of innovative strategies and methods to ensure the food sector remains competitive.
It will help businesses adopt robotics and automation, access expertise and business advice, along with other innovative solutions for the food supply chain. This could be through new product development or sensory assessment trials of existing products or by validating product and process controls for improvement.
Facilities that may be available for business projects include a food chemistry and microbiology laboratory, preparation rooms, a product development test kitchen, a sensory suite, conference rooms, a learning resource centre and a computer laboratory. There is also the existing food manufacturing factory facility that can be used to commercialise that winning idea!
The new project will benefit businesses through building trust and confidence to invest in research and development plus technology and resources by providing access to expertise and facilities. Businesses wishing to utilise existing facilities at NCFM or to find out more about the new project should contact:
Mathew Thompson (Business Development Manager) at NCFM 01406 493000
For information on other business support schemes available in Greater Lincolnshire just visit: www.businesslincolnshire.com