Letters: John Balch, May 27, 2016

King's Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) Launch of new Enterprise Zone
GV of the KLIC Building in King's Lynn ANL-160104-174439009
King's Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) Launch of new Enterprise Zone GV of the KLIC Building in King's Lynn ANL-160104-174439009

I was intrigued by the recent letter to the Lynn News about the new King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) from Mr Bryan Howling. Mr Howling was keen to learn more of the project, and to understand both what it will bring to the area, and how it will deliver this.

KLIC is the culmination of more than ten years of cooperative effort by West Norfolk Council and Nwes (the UK’s largest enterprise agency), to put business innovation at the heart of Lynn. KLIC is set to be a tremendous addition to Lynn. Many see KLIC as a beautiful, state-of-the-art building that significantly improves an area that has hitherto been a wasteland.

We are happy to say the points raised by Mr Howling regarding the signage are soon to be addressed, with further signage for the site already in the works.

Nwes own and run many successful innovation and enterprise centres across the East of England, and through these sites we support thousands of new and existing businesses every year.

This successful track record, combined with KLIC’s position as the first building in the new Lynn Enterprise Zone, will unlock the NORA site to create new businesses and support new ideas.

It will put Lynn on the international innovation map and, most importantly, deliver hundreds of new jobs and attract visitors through international collaborations in sectors such as agri-tech, engineering and food production.

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre represents a substantial change for the region. While change is inevitable, I agree with Mr Howling that we have a right to question the validity of change.

The good news is that we feel KLIC represents a truly positive change.

The grand opening of KLIC will take place on June 14, and I would encourage Mr Howling and indeed others who wish to learn more about this exciting project to contact Nwes or the borough council to secure an invitation to join us on the day, and see first-hand the difference this exciting building will make to the region.

John Balch

Strategic director, Nwes