PRINCE Andrew met  business owners and entrepreneurs during a visit to the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre.

Members of BNI Innovation – a business networking group which meets at KLIC – welcomed the Duke of York and discussed enterprise in West Norfolk.

Rob Mason, of King’s Lynn Website Design, spoke to the Duke about a new website he is designing for the sawmill on the Sandringham Estate.

Mr Mason said: “He said it was great that they had chosen to work with a local business.

“The Duke asked if BNI had been good for my business. I said yes – since we joined as a start-up five years ago we have designed and built nearly 1,000 websites in King’s Lynn and the surrounding area.”

KLIC is operated by Nwes and offers state-of-the-art working space, business support, access to finance and meeting and conference rooms.

Nwes chief executive, Kevin Horne, said: “We are immensely proud of the King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, our flagship building in West Norfolk.

“It was a real honour to welcome His Royal Highness, the Duke of York to the centre.

“We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the huge amount of support and activity available through Nwes to ensure that start-up and growing businesses in the local area are given every opportunity to flourish.”

As part of his support for British prosperity, the Duke of York works to encourage economic growth.

Mr Horne said: “KLIC has been designed to support the needs of ambitious, innovative businesses looking to grow in the local area, and we are sure that his royal highness was impressed with the services and facilities available.”