Press Release: Former NNFCC project wins EU Regiostars award

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Bio Base NWE, an EU project in which NNFCC was the UK partner, has won an EU Regiostars award for SME Innovation.

York, 11th October 2017: The Bio Base NWE project, coordinated by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant from 2013 to 2015, and in which NNFCC was the UK partner, has won the RegioStars Award 2017 in the category ‘Smart Specialisation for SME Innovation‘. The winners of the RegioStars Awards 2017 were announced during a ceremony on October 10th, in the frame of the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels.

Bio Base NWE, co-financed by the INTERREG IVB programme of the European Union, brought together bio-based economy experts from eight organisations in five different countries. Through this network, it provided technological solutions and networking opportunities to more than 755 SMEs, identified hurdles SMEs encounter during their innovation track and translated these into policy recommendations. 27 SMEs received financial support through the project to conduct feasibility studies and scale-up trials at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Ghent, Belgium). This support created a substantial leverage effect: up to €71million of investments and the creation of 320 new jobs in the biobased economy in North-West Europe.

To read a case study on NNFCC's involvement with Bio Base NWE, please click here.

NNFCC is also a project partner for Bio Base NWE's successor project, BioBase4SME.