Daresbury tenants offered free advice

Law firm DWF, insurer Giles, accountant Grant Thornton, computer giant IBM, patent attorney Marks & Clerk and Liverpool University have joined Sci-Tech Daresbury's Gold Partners scheme to support the campus's hi-tech occupiers.

The six organizations join existing advisers, corporate finance boutique Dow Schofield Watts and Lloyds TSB Commercial bank, as Sci-Tech Daresbury's Gold Partners for 2012/13.

The partners will provide free advice in surgery sessions open to the 110 small companies based at the science and innovation site in Halton.

John Downes, chief executive of developer Langtree, a joint venture partner in Daresbury, said: "Growing SMEs require better access to high-level expertise and strategic business advice, particularly in areas such as company management, finance and attracting investment.

"Sci-Tech Daresbury's Gold Partner scheme addresses those needs directly and gives businesses access to the additional guidance they need at a critical point in their growth. We are delighted to have the eight Gold Partners on board, a number of whom have been working with us on this programme for two years already, and are confident that their varied areas of expertise will prove hugely valuable to the SMEs on site."

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