German firm sets up base at Daresbury science park

Michael Hunt

German company P3 Ingenieurgesellschaft has set up a UK base at the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus in Cheshire.

P3 engineering collaboration, the company consisting of three employees at the campus, is a subsidiary of P3 Ingenieurgesellschaft, which was founded in May 1996 as a spin-off from Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT. The company is a national and international consultancy and engineering business.

The North West Development Agency and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance have been working closely with the company to understand its requirements for setting up an office in the North West, providing advice and support to secure a location in the region.

A scheme, known as Hello Northwest, was launched this year and has been developed through a partnership between the NWDA, investment and development agencies for the Liverpool city region and Manchester, The Mersey Partnership and Midas, and leading serviced office providers.

NWDA said the scheme offers new overseas investors to Liverpool, Manchester, and the rest of the North West, free desk space for the first 12 months of relocation to allow investors to test out ideas before making an investment. P3 engineering collaboration will then be permanently based at Daresbury following the 12-month period.

Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA, said: "Through giving overseas investors the opportunity to test what the region has to offer, it aims to build on the region's strong track record for inward investment to secure more overseas investment."

Mike Garbett, head of business integration at P3 engineering collaboration, added: "P3ec is proud to be located and investing in the North West of England. We envisage our partnership with highly regarded local organisations like the North West Aerospace Alliance, Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus and the North West Development Agency to be highly interactive, complementary and positive for all involved. P3ec very much look forward to developing our footprint in the region in all our vertical markets, while working closely with local, national and international companies."

John Leake, general manager at the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, said: "P3ec Ltd's decision to locate at Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus opens up a number of exciting opportunities for the company, ranging from membership of our growing network of like-minded innovators to ready access to complementary technology markets. The campus' links into the aerospace, automotive, advanced engineering and digital/telecommunications sectors will prove particularly valuable."

Lorraine Rogers, chief executive of The Mersey Partnership, said: "The fact that P3 have been able to use the Hello soft landing scheme highlights the potential it has to bring significant economic benefits to the Liverpool City Region."

The NWDA said the Hello Northwest scheme also includes free office space at the following buildings and locations:

  • Three Piccadilly Place in Manchester city centre
  • 111 Piccadilly Place in Manchester city centre
  • Atria in Bolton
  • Booths Park in Knutsford
  • Centurion House in Spinningfields, Manchester
  • City Tower in Manchester city centre
  • Landmark House in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport
  • Liverpool Science Park
  • Lowry House in Manchester
  • Manchester Science Park
  • The Plaza in Old Hall Street, Liverpool city centre
  • Royal Mills in Ancoats, Manchester
  • Station House in Altrincham
  • Wilderspool Business Park in Warrington

The Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus is home to the Daresbury Laboratory and the Cockcroft Institute, as well as up to 100 companies.

Daresbury is a collaboration with the NWDA, the Science & Technology Facilities Council, Halton Borough Council and the universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester.

The Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus is moving into its next phase of development with a private sector partner still to be appointed to develop up to 1m sq ft of extra space for business and research facilities.

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