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Science park celebrates first anniversary with “open innovation” debate

Posted on Wednesday 26th September 2012 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

The Bristol and Bath Science Park at Emersons Green, Bristol.

Open innovation is key to identifying the industries of the future on which UK prosperity will depend, and the Bristol & Bath Science Park offers an exciting place to accelerate this in the South West.

That was the message delivered by Will Hutton, who was speaking at the Bristol & Bath Science Park’s first anniversary event today (26 September).

Just one year after opening, space at The Park has been snapped up twice as fast as anticipated with over three quarters of the first phase already let.

New deals revealed today will see three international science and technology-based companies move or expand into the Grow On Centre at the Park. These include Japanese power electronics firm TDK-Lambda, a group company of the TDK Corporation, Marine Current Turbines, a Siemens company, and advanced numerical simulation research body, CFMS.

Speaking at the Science Park’s inaugural anniversary event today, co-hosted by Science City Bristol, Will Hutton, Chair of the Big Innovation Centre at the Work Foundation said:

“For Britain to compete effectively in a global economy, a strong culture of open innovation is vital to building the high value industries of the future. The South West has the ingredients in place to develop a vibrant open innovation ecosystem – international research-led Universities, major blue chip corporates, a potentially strong SME sector which embraces disruptive technologies and a developing skills base. It still falls short of a proper innovation eco-system. However the Science Park offers the potential to provide a new hub to accelerate open innovation in the region.”

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New ‘Enterprise Areas’ to drive jobs growth

Posted on Saturday 16th June 2012 at 12:01 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives.

Conservative councillors have welcomed the formal designation of three flagship ‘Enterprise Areas’ at Filton, Emersons Green and Severnside in South Gloucestershire.

At the first meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee earlier this week, councillors voted to create Enterprise Areas to drive sustainable economic growth locally in line with the council’s future development vision set out in its ‘Core Strategy’.

These three Enterprise Areas are:

  • Filton (including the soon-to-be-disused airfield) is a 95ha employment zone with a potential job growth of 7,000 – 12,000, which will focus on aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing;
  • Emersons Green (including the Science Park and National Composites Centre) is a 45ha employment zone with a potential job growth of 4,000 – 7,000, which will focus on science, composites and creative and digital media; and
  • Severnside (including land covered by 1957/58 planning permission) is a 462ha employment zone with a potential job growth of 4,000 – 8,000, which will focus on warehousing, industrial and environmental technologies.

Alongside this initiative, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (which includes South Gloucestershire Council as well as local businesses) is developing a unified inward investment service to ensure that the local area can compete nationally and internationally against other recognised and emerging investment locations.

Stoke Gifford Councillor Brian Allinson (Con), who is Chairman of the council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“Our ambition is for these Enterprise Areas to act as magnets for inward investment, boost the local economy and drive a strong economic recovery by creating thousands of new jobs.”

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Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council


Science Park named South West’s “best commercial workplace”

Posted on Monday 14th May 2012 at 2:34 pm by SH (Editor)

The Bristol and Bath Science Park at Emersons Green, Bristol.

The Bristol & Bath Science Park at Emersons Green has been named the South West’s Best Commercial Workplace at the British Council for Offices (BCO) regional awards ceremony held last week (Thursday 10th May 2012).

The award was presented by Garry Richardson, sports anchor on Radio 4’s Today Programme, in front of 300 property professionals including the region’s architects, developers, agents and occupiers.

Judges were looking for buildings that were flexible, efficient, sustainable, and of high quality, as well as being effective as a workplace and contributing to the community.

Bonnie Dean, Chief Executive at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, said:

“Winning this prestigious award is a tribute to the team’s extensive work in the early planning stages to create the right type of environment for science and technology businesses. The BCO award reflects feedback from our tenants that the facilities and the networking opportunities at the Park are enhancing the development of their businesses.”

Bristol & Bath Science Park will now go on to compete for a national ‘Best of the Best’ award at the BCO National Awards Dinner on 2nd October 2012.


Deputy Prime Minister visits manufacturing summit at Science Park

Posted on Thursday 23rd February 2012 at 8:07 am by SH (Editor)

Bristol and Bath Science Park (SPark) - The Forum

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is today announcing £1 billion additional support for UK businesses at a national conference staged at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green.

The funding is part of the Regional Growth Fund and takes the total fund to £2.4 billion.

Nick Clegg is being joined by Business Secretary Vince Cable and his Ministerial team at the Government’s Manufacturing Summit, which is bringing together industry leaders from across the UK to discuss progress, challenges and next steps for the sector.

Issues being discussed include the commercialisation of new technology and research, promoting manufacturing and increasing exports.

Leading manufacturers from across the South West will also be showcasing new technologies and products developed in the region to delegates from across the UK.

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Source: Bristol and Bath Science Park