IBM to offer free mentoring in Daresbury

Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus has formed an agreement with technology giant, IBM, to provide advice to tenants at the park, which become an Enterprise Zone in April.

IBM experts will help companies based at Daresbury identify opportunities for using technology to develop their businesses and drive growth. The advice will be free and without obligation to buy IBM software.

Daresbury is home to more than 100 high-tech companies, as well as the Science & Technology Facilities Council and the Cockcroft Institute, a collaboration between scientists from STFC and the universities of Manchester, Lancaster and Liverpool.

Prof Colin Whitehouse, chairman of the Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus, said: "This new relationship goes to the very heart of the multi-partner open innovation model that the campus has been founded upon. It will help to commercialise exciting technologies from small and medium enterprises, and will deliver significant commercial benefits to both IBM and the other DSIC companies. We are looking forward to putting all of our energies behind this important initiative with IBM in order to ensure that this new model of collaboration becomes an even stronger and yet more successful driving force for economic growth."

Simon Porter, vice president for IBM business partners and midmarket for Europe, said: "Innovation is at the heart of IBM and of small and medium enterprises globally. Responding to customer needs and developing solutions to meet them is one of the key reasons innovation centres exist. IBM is teaming with Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus to help these businesses grow, bringing our sales, marketing and technology experience to the relationship."

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