The creation of hundreds of technology and energy jobs in North West Wales has taken a significant step forward with the appointment of Ieuan Wyn Jones as the Director of Menai Science Park.
The project, being championed by Bangor University, is aiming to join academic researchers with commercial expertise in one, as yet undecided, site. The development of the energy industry and clean technology will be the main reason as to the establishment of the science park, with everything from nuclear to biomass schemes being advanced on Anglesey. The Welsh government has already put in £10 million, with Anglesey also looking to be made into an Enterprise Zone to give company’s incentives to set up in the park.
The idea behind the establishment of the park is for Bangor University to initially set up researchers in laboratories on site, thereby attracting related businesses. The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes, believes this to be a “very exciting initiative which has tremendous potential.” Whilst no location has yet been chosen, several locations are being discussed as to their suitability. Mr Wyn Jones, who has stepped down from the Welsh Assembly to take the post, is “fiercely committed to… creating a better economy for Anglesey and North West Wales.” He believes his skills and expertise will ensure the park “plays a leading role in strengthening and broadening” the economic base of the area.