Officials behind the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre project have been giving more details about the opportunities they say will be available to companies there.
Building work on the £5 million complex on Nar Ouse Way is expected to be completed on time for the centre to open in the spring.
And dozens of business leaders packed into the Bank House last night for a showcase event to promote the new facility.
The centre is one of two major new facilities currently being built in Lynn, along with the university centre at the College of West Anglia, which is due to open in the autumn.
Although plans for an innovation centre of this kind were first presented to West Norfolk Council in 2004, the authority’s leader, Nick Daubney, said the project had often struggled to attract either government or European financial backing.
But he insisted the wait had helped to secure a “world-class” facility for the area which will leave people “staggered” when they visit it.
He said: “We now have the best. It makes a real statement about King’s Lynn.”
The centre will provide 25 separate offices, as well as meeting and conference facilities, for start-up firms and growing companies alike.
Mr Daubney said: “West Norfolk has tried to work with business partners to make it a business-focused community. I’ve always felt, ever since I’ve been a councillor, that’s the way to make things happen.
“At the end of the day, that’s where we get our jobs. That’s where we get our salaries, that’s where we get our growth, our general standard of life.”
John Balch, strategic director of Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES), who will run the centre after it opens, said: “From a professional reception service to lightening quick broadband; the state-of-the-art centre will leave tenants nothing to worry about other than what their next innovation will be.
“We will offer business advice and finance, together with links to academia and industry helping young and expanding businesses to focus on their dream in an optimum business environment, alongside similarly ambitious entrepreneurs.”
Most of the funding for the centre, around £3 million, has been provided by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The borough council has invested £1.5 million, with a further £500,000 coming from NWES itself.