Grants for equipment to enable innovation in small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

Karen Drum

PAPI project support

Karen has worked with economic development funding for many years, specialising in business support and skills development projects. Her experience in programme management as well as project development and management enables her to support projects from inception through to completion, helping businesses to navigate potential hurdles such as jargon, eligibility and audit.

Recently, Karen has managed the Embedded Space and Technology Transfer project. This was a flagship project from the last ERDF funding programme and supported the development of the Heslington East Campus. The £38m project (£19m ERDF) created several key buildings including the Ron Cooke Hub and the Catalyst which provide incubation and office space for new and established businesses. The project also provided business support and knowledge transfer opportunities and helped to create 34 new businesses.