East Midlands food and drink innovation support service The Food and Drink iNet has appointed Lisa Simpson as its latest advisor.

Lisa, who is working across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, was previously a business development manager at Boots and has recently been a student at The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire studying dairy and bakery.

Her role is to support food and drink producers in the two counties as part of a team of iNet advisors covering the East Midlands.

“We are delighted to welcome Lisa on board, and I know she is looking forward to supporting food and drink businesses with their innovation projects,” said Food and Drink iNet director Richard Worrall.

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), The Food and Drink iNet co-ordinates innovation support for businesses, universities and individuals working in the food and drink sector in the East Midlands.

It has developed an effective network to encourage the collaboration of academic expertise and knowledge, and local food and drink business innovation needs.

The iNet offers free business consultations to small and medium companies in the sector who have plans to innovate and grow and it provides match-funded grants for relevant innovation projects. It has supported hundreds of businesses since its launch in 2008 and is currently involved in funding key research projects in food and drink at many of the region’s universities.

The Food and Drink iNet is managed by a consortium, led by The Food and Drink Forum and including Nottingham Trent University, The University of Lincoln, and The University of Nottingham.

It is based at Southglade Food Park, Nottingham.

For more information visit www.foodanddrink-inet.org.uk

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire food and drink manufacturers interested in finding out more about how the iNet can support innovation projects should contact Lisa via lisa.simpson@foodanddrink-inet.org.uk

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