50 jobs created – Worcestershire Science Park

As reported by the Malvern Gazette, after an agreed £4m government investment, fifty new science jobs are to be created at Malvern Hills Science Park in Worcestershire, UK.

Opened in 1997, there are 30 technology and science-based companies based at the science park, which employs 300 people. However, the science park is now full to capacity and as Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader of the County Council explains, the investment “…is a big step forward and really significant piece of funding that will allow the science park and grow and take on more jobs.”

 

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Norfolk Science Park expansion – create 5,000 Jobs

The BBC News reported that Norfolk Research Park has unveiled an expansion plan that could create 5,000 jobs.

Norwich Research Park currently specialises in biotechnology and biological research and encompasses the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia among others. Therefore they are looking to expand to the north and south of its current site in the west of the city.

The proposals could create 5,000 jobs in the next 10 to 15 years and make the already world-renowned science park a magnet for established, start-up and spin-off research companies.

The park’s project manager, Nick Goodwin, said the growth would enable it to “stand on the world stage”. The planning application for the work is due to be submitted in June.

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Leicester science park plans to be approved tomorrow

This is Leicester reported that the long awaited development of the Leicester science park will receive a kick start as plans are set to be approved this week.

On Tuesday, Leicester City Council’s development control committee will discuss the development which planning officers have recommended for approval. The hope is that this park could provide 100’s of new jobs in the area, the scheme also includes a new supermarket to be built on land next to the science park site, which as it is understood will be run by Asda.

The first stage of the development is likely to cost £37 million but if planning consent is given tomorrow then the park could be finished by the end of the year. A city council planning spokesman said: “The proposal would have many significant positive regeneration impacts for the science park and the wider area.”

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Tissue Regenix ask for a new dedicated science park in Leeds

The Yorkshire Post has reported that the medical devices company Tissue Regenix has asked for a new dedicated science park in Leeds

Mr Antony Odell the managing director of Tissue Regenix said it and other science firms need a dedicated science park, where they can grow and develop as a cluster, to retain skills and wealth in Yorkshire.

The company recently raised £25m to commercialise its innovative technology.  Currently they are outgrowing its space at York Science Park. Mr Odell also said “We are looking at premises in York and Leeds. There’s not a dedicated bio park in Leeds”

Leeds City Council said it has narrowed down five possible sites to develop a healthcare science park. The sites include Leeds Valley Park, Logic Leeds, Thorpe Park, Hawks Park and Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby.

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NISP science park completes new £6m facility to create 500 Jobs

The Northern Ireland Science Park reported that the new £6m development at the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) in Belfast will host the creation of 500 new jobs when it opens.  Arlene Forester the MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment “topped off” the building in a ceremony last week.

The new facility which is expected to open in August 2012 is already fully let and will become home to both thriving local start-ups and major global corporations including Kana Software, Export Technologies, Fidessa and Parity. The development is the second of three buildings known as ‘The Concourse’ and is funded by Belfast Harbour. As with other NISP facilities, Concourse Phase II will include agile and connected workspace on flexible terms to facilitate the growth of companies in a wide range of technologies (ICT, life science, engineering and biotech) as they take on global markets in many expanding sectors.

Arlene Forester the MLA Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment said “The Northern Ireland Science Park provides flexible workspace for emerging local, as well as international and innovation-based businesses. It is extremely encouraging that Concourse II is full to capacity and the need for additional space clearly shows that despite a difficult economic climate, businesses associated with NISP have been flourishing”

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Cornwall Science Park to Create 750 Jobs

Goonhilly space facility, Cornwall, is being turned into a science park with the aim to create 750 jobs, reports thisiscornwall.co.uk.

GES Ltd, who own the site, applied for a £7 million grant to accelerate the proposals, claiming businesses such as QinetiQ are interested in involving themselves with the site. The UK Space Agency is also said to be interested in the site’s development. The site will have links to various universities, allowing them access to the facilities which will “provide an environment for collaboration between industry and academia.”

The site is expected to become a scientific, technological and engineering hub, with opportunities for businesses in those sectors being put forward alongside the application for the government grant. GES’ Ian Jones has said with the funding, “we can accelerate this opportunity and create high volumes of high-tech jobs, which will have significant knock on benefits for Cornwall.”

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University of Reading’s Science Park has Go-Ahead

rdg_logoAs reported on the BBC News website, plans put forward by the University of Reading to build a new state of the art science and innovation park in Berkshire have been given the green light.

The park is set to create many science jobs and according to a spokeswoman from Wokingham Borough Council, it will “bring together innovative knowledge and local and international technology-based business communities”.

Professor Gordon Marshall, the university’s vice chancellor, said: “The University of Reading contributes, at a conservative estimate, over £600m to the regional economy every year.

“The new science and innovation park will ensure that impact continues to grow and delivers tangible benefits to the local and regional economy.”

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