Welcome to Norfolk Knowledge Welcome to Norfolk Knowledge

Welcome to Norfolk Knowledge, a voluntary organisation hosted by Norwich Business School.

Formed in 2009, we are a team of business people who specialise in assisting people in the local area who wants to develop their organisation. We have chosen to use our time to volunteer and share with you our experience, enabling you and your organisation to grow and prosper, by contributing our expertise in whatever way you feel is helpful. You can benefit from the knowledge that we have gained from our successes, and be guided to avoid mistakes we've made.

Our members come from a wide range of business backgrounds such as sales, finance and business planning, with many of us having worked at a senior level in large organisations and small businesses.

How might we help ?

  • Maybe you are through the start up stages of your business, yet have some concerns about aspects of it that are not going as well as expected.
  • Perhaps you're ready to start up and need some help drawing up a plan.
  • You have a business plan that sets out your product/service, its potential customers, but how you are going to market it, and how you are going to finance the business? Maybe would like to discuss putting the plan into action.
  • You may just want to talk through a business idea to make sure you're it is actually viable.

You can make use of Norfolk Knowledge's services for FREE - we'll give you up to 8 hours of time (and it could be more). You can decide what will be the most valuable way to use it, and may find that just one phone conversation is sufficient, or that a series of face-to-face meetings is more beneficial. It's entirely up to you how you would like to use our services.

Whatever stage you are at, and whatever request you may have, please get in touch. Lots of people have, and found it really valuable.

If you would like to contact the Norfolk Knowledge team, please telephone +44 (0)1603 591934 or email norfolkknowledge@uea.ac.uk.

If you fancy joining us as a business mentor, please email Tom Rockingham at t.rockingham@uea.ac.uk

Management Team

Name Role
Rob Waller Lead Member
Peter Schmidt-Hansen Chair
John Chapman Management Team Member
Catherine Wedge-Clarke Management Team Member
Mick Wright Management Team Member
Paul Richmond Management Team Member
Tom Rockingham Secretary 


Spotlight Sessions

As part of our work with The Business & IP Centre Norfolk, situated in the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, Norfolk Knowledge will be running  'Spotlight' sessions on important areas for business start ups.

Run by a team of our Norfolk Knowledge mentors, each session will be held at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library from 5:45pm-6:45pm. For booking and information on our upcoming sessions please see the following:

Wednesday 14 March - Business Funding & Finance

Wednesday 21 March - Business Planning

Funding Sources

Local Action Groups (LAGs) accept applications at several times throughout the year for businesses in rural areas of Norfolk that are seeking funding. Further details and eligibility criteria for LEADER funding can be found on Rural Development Programme website 


If you are interested in what we do, please take a look at some of our recent newsletters to get a feel of what we do, and how we could help you.

May 2017

February 2017

November 2016

August 2016

May 2016

January 2016

November 2015