New tenants move to Daresbury science park

Michael Hunt

Seven new tenants have signed to the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus in Cheshire within the past eight weeks.

Medical diagnosis firm Bio Alternative Medical Devices, design and engineering consultancy 4D Products, German photovoltaic company Vogt Solar, American health company Global Biodiagnostics, The Outsource Partnership, marketing consultants Strategic North, and radiation detection specialist BIC technology have all moved into the campus.

In addition, German company P3 Ingenieurgesellschaft also set up a UK base at the campus in March through the Hello Northwest scheme.

The Hello Northwest scheme 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.

The North West Development Agency and the Northwest Aerospace Alliance worked closely with P3 Ingenieurgesellschaft to understand its requirements for setting up an office in the North West, providing advice and support to secure a location in the region.

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, the UK subsidiary of P3 Ingenieurgesellschaft, will then be permanently based at Daresbury following the 12-month period.

Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the North West Development Agency said: "The NWDA's significant investment in Daresbury SIC has proved to be a huge success. Businesses from the UK and abroad see the Campus as a place where they can access key scientific and business expertise and open up UK, European and global market opportunities."

John Leake, Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus general manager, added: "The surge of activity in the first quarter of 2010 is typical of the amount of interest the Campus generates within the high-tech community. It is the ready access to Daresbury SIC's collaborative networks, the Campus' ability to effectively assist the commercialisation of science and innovation, and the fantastic environment, that continues to strengthen Daresbury's place on the regional and national map."

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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