Bioeconomy sector support

Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider East of England is home to a number of networks, projects and other organisations who support the development of different stages of the bioeconomy value chain, from agriculture to downstream products, energy, engineering and tech. Click on their logos to find out more.

Agri-Tech East is a business-focused cluster organisation working with farmers and growers, scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to improve the international competitiveness and sustainability of plant-based agriculture and horticulture.

The organisation offers networking, signposting and consortium-building, links to investors, and collation of external and member news and statistics, all towards creating a global agri-tech innovation hub in the East of England.

Clean Tech East is a network for all those interested in Clean Technology in East Anglia. The network is comprised of large and small enterprises, research institutions, government organisations, and students.

The Eastern Academic Health Science Network is one of 15 AHSNs set up to spread innovation across the healthcase system, including bio-based therapies, diagnostics and other technologies.

The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is the industry and skills association for energy producers and their supply chain in the East of England, representing over 300 members across the sector.

Hot Source is Norfolk’s innovation forum for creative, digitally minded people. Their aim is to help creativity and enterprise flourish in the county and build the reputation of Norwich as a #TechNation cluster.

The aim of the NAAME (New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering) Sector Group is to create a network that will seek to grow the sector and shape the future through organisations and individuals working together.

Norwich Biomakers brings together a group of people interested in the cross-over of biology with design, technology, engineering, electronics, software, art and much more.

OpenPlant is a £12.5m initiative between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre and Earlham Institute in Norwich. OpenPlant researchers are implementing open standards and practices for plant synthetic biology with a network of international collaborators.

Tech East is the collective voice of the digital tech sector in the East of England for its members, who share a passion for igniting the opportunities for economic digital tech growth in our region.

Anglia Farmers is the largest agricultural purchasing group in the UK, and forms part of AF Group which provides a wide range of services to AF members, as well as straw to the new Snetterton biomass station.

Digital East is a group of developers and designers working to bring Norfolk’s thriving digital technology community cutting-edge content and skills, with a focus on IoT, AI, and third-party tools and services.

The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative supports the development of new and innovative ideas within the agri-tech sector, providing funds for business growth and R&D. The initiative supports numerous projects across the East of England as well as an Innovation Hub in Soham, near Ely.

The Food and Health Alliance is one of the scientific alliances based on Norwich Research Park, which is working to understand the relationship between diet and human health, particularly in the case of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and obesity.

The Industrial Biotechnology Alliance, another of the research alliances on Norwich Research Park, focuses on the discovery and development of biological resources for producing and processing materials, chemicals and energy using plants and microbes as factories.

The Marine Knowledge Exchange Network is a group of more than a thousand cross-sector marine stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers and industry, who are all seeking to increase the capacity and impact of marine and coastal research.

Norfolk Food & Drink represents the county through lobbying, events, support for businesses and regular updates and news. It has been in operation since 2004.

One Nucleus is an international membership organisation for life science and healthcare companies, based in Cambridge. Established in 1997, One Nucleus has more than 470 organisations as members, mainly based between Cambridge and London.