A food and drink innovation centre has launched in London, with bakers high up on the priority list for business support.

The Park Royal Food Innovation Centre, at Dephna House in north-west London, offers free technical, business and marketing support to food and drink production SMEs in London.

However, places are limited, so companies are being urged to apply now. To qualify, businesses need to be London-based, have 250 or fewer employees, have been trading for more than a year, and have revenues no greater than €50m (£44.7m).

Prior to the opening, a study mapped the types of food and drink businesses based in Park Royal and surrounding areas. It found that, of the 870 businesses in the area, bakery was the largest single-category food product.

It also highlighted the need for support for SME food and drink production companies with regard to a number of areas, including: production, resource efficiency, training, facility management and design.

To apply contact Sally Fowler on 020 311 02319 or email: sfolwer@parkroyal.org.