Evaluation of Leicester Food Park

Building on recent evaluations of Creative Enterprise Hub and Leicester Innovation Workspace (DOCK), DC Research has been appointed by Leicester City Council (LCC) and to deliver a Leicester Food Park Evaluation Report.

Leicester Food Park provides more than 19,000 sq. ft. of floor space for use by food and drink sector businesses, across 9 bespoke ‘Foodgrade’ manufacturing workspace units (comprising between 1,000 and 5,000 sq. ft. each). It was commissioned and developed by Leicester City Council, and primarily funded through the use of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) support, with match funding from LCC. The facility was completed and fully opened to tenants in November 2014.

The site is managed by East Midlands Chamber on behalf of LCC, with the Food and Drink Forum being appointed to deliver on-site business advice and support as part of the offer provided to tenant businesses by Leicester Food Park. Services provided include a Business Support Centre supporting access to business advice with both EMC and the Food and Drink Forum, as well as affordable conference facilities, year round 24-hour access and site security. Leicester Food Park aligns with wider policy emphasis on Food and Drink as a growth sector for Leicester and Leicestershire.

The evaluation will include engagement with all businesses that have engaged with Leicester Food Park and case studies with those that currently operate at the Park to provide in-depth insights into the difference made by the project.
For further information, please contact Jonathan Durnin.
Jonathan Durnin

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A founding Director of DC Research, Jonathan brings 23 years of academic, policy development and consultancy experience as a research economist, evaluator and project manager to the business. He is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association, and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development.

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