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Food Innovation Centre


Innovation support for Food and Drink SMEs 

The University of Nottingham, Division of Food Sciences (including Brewing and Sensory Science), has been awarded new EU funding to provide Innovation support to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


Free access to specialist innovation support

If you are a Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire-based SME in the Food & Drink sector and have an innovative idea that you want to develop, or an issue to overcome, we may have the right people, equipment and facilities to help make it possible. Our Project team can help with some free advice and access to state-of-the-art equipment allowing development of new products or processes from conception to consumption. Our graduates have the talent, enthusiasm and motivation to help assist you and our Academics are at the forefront of knowledge.

Together, we have the ability to offer you:

  • technical advice based on your requirement brief
  • access to our facilities and technicians
  • academic expertise and student projects or placements
  • workshops and free events designed to help businesses innovate and explore new ideas
  • access to worldwide research knowledge
  • a network of contacts inside and outside the University, which may be able to respond to other needs, such as commercial, nutritional or engineering.

Download the Food Innovation Centre Flyer PDF file icon




Past events

Craft Brewing 2 Day Workshop - 11 October 2017 & 25 October 2017

The Enabling Innovation Project team would like to invite you to attend a special Brewing workshop at the Sutton Bonington campus. Admission is free but we only have very limited space so please reserve your place early.



Holdsworth Chocolate - Farmers Market Benchmarking


The ‘taste’ of Bramley apple juice is put to the test

Volunteers were more than happy to offer their services this weekend when they were asked to give their opinion on which variety of Bramley apple juice tastes the best and why.

Brewing Sensory Workshop - 21 July 2017

The Enabling Innovation Project team, in collaboration with the Welbeck Abbey Brewery & The School of Artisan Foods would like to invite you to attend a special Taints & Off Flavours workshop at the School of Artisan Food.


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Media event - 21st June 2017

Beers from a local brewery and a healthy lunch delivery service were amongst the innovations on display at an event to showcase the partnerships being forged between Nottingham and Derbyshire Small Businesses (SME’s) and the Food Innovation Project Team at the University of Nottingham.

The businesses at the event held at Sutton Bonnington campus have all benefitted from free specialist advice and access to facilities and knowledge from the new Food Innovation Project Team in the Food Innovation Centre on Sutton Bonnington Campus.



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To find out if your business is eligible to receive this package of funded support, please contact us for a further discussion:

Richard Worrall
BABS Building, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, LE12 5RD

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t:  0115 951 6696


School of Biosciences

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
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LE12 5RD, UK

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