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156INNOVATION UKINNOVATION COLWORTH SCIENCE PARK Developed and managed in a joint venture between Good-man and Unilever, Colworth Science Park in Bedfordshire is a thriving location for scientific research, development and commercialisation. The Park is home to 17 compa-nies including Unilever, a major economic contributor to the UK, and is one of six global research centres that benefit from Unilever's ? 1bn annual research budget. In August 2008, planning permission was granted for a development at the Park that will bring a further 130 high- value jobs to Bedfordshire. The new scheme will comprise a Discovery Centre, providing state- of- the- art conferencing, meeting room and catering facilities plus dedicated space for business school academics. The purpose- built Innovation Centre will house smaller com-mercial organisations and scientific academics. There will also be provision for additional grow- on space to sup-port larger businesses in the region. In addition to the growing commercial base, two of the world's leading academic institutions, Cranfield School of Management and Cambridge University's Institute for Manufacturing and Judge Business School Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, will also establish an academic presence in the new buildings at the Park. Last August, Goodman was named the development partner for Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, when it signed a joint venture with the UK Atomic Energy Authority ( UKAEA) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council ( STFC). Goodman is work-ing with these partners to develop the site into one of the world's principal locations for scientific, academic and business collaboration. Goodman has now secured a major coup with the announcement that the European Space Agency plans to open a research facility at the site. The new centre will focus on researching space robotics and climate change. Investment at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus will encompass fundamental scientific research and the development of property, facilities and local infrastruc-ture. A minimum of 100,000 sq m of laboratory, high-technology industrial and office accommodation will be developed in the first phase of the project. In the longer term, up to 5,000 high- value knowledge- based jobs are also expected to be created. For more information, visit: www. colworthpark. com DARESBURY SCIENCE AND INNOVATION CAMPUS Daresbury SIC in Cheshire is a government- backed devel-opment on the site of the Daresbury Laboratory, one of the major facilities of the Science & Technology Facilities Council ( STFC). Although the Lab has been on this site since 1962, with a major focus on accelerator science emerging over the last two decades, it was only in Sep-tember 2006 when Lord Sainsbury, the Science Minister at the time, launched the Campus as we now know it, starting with a £ 50m investment from the Northwest Regional Development Agency ( NWDA) to build the Daresbury Innovation Centre and the Cockcroft Institute - the UK Centre for Accelerator Science. Since then, the Campus's strapline of locating " business at the heart of science" has proven to be very accurate, with nearly 100 hi- tech businesses having made Dares-bury SIC their home - mostly representing the digital, biomedical and advanced- engineering sectors. To sup-port the growth of these companies, the Campus brings together business, academia and the public- sector stake-holders in the form of the STFC, NWDA and Halton Borough Council, along with the universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester. The Campus network is by no means an intangible ben-efit - it would appear to have a real economic impact - with annual sales growth among tenant companies at 50% and almost 100 new jobs created since the Cam-pus was launched. Companies are also benefiting from government- backed business support services - with over a quarter using the services of UK Trade & Investment and over half using Business Link Northwest service provided through the NWDA. The Campus has been earmarked for a £ 65m government investment for two new technology gateway centres. The new centres will enable research in computer modelling, key in understanding and predicting issues ranging from climate change to how cells interact in the body; and detector and sensor development, for use in security sys-tems and biomedical imaging. Another exciting development which reflects the extent of interaction between the Campus and the stakeholder Universities is " IDEAS at Daresbury". IDEAS ( Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Science) is a new collabo-ration of the Business/ Management Schools of the three universities, seeking to promote and develop detailed understanding of the knowledge exchange processes between hi- tech SMEs, large corporations, universities and government- backed science and technology. It will also evaluate the long- term impact of public investment in major science facilities and organisations, such as uni-versities, science parks and research establishments. For more information, visit: wwwwdaresburysic. co. uk Centres of Excellence UK Science & Innovation Parks: UK Science Parks Association

UKINNOVATION UK157 Northern Ireland science park Headquartered within the 180- acre Titanic Quarter site - where the White Star Line's famous family of Olympic passenger vessels were conceived - Northern Ireland Sci-ence Park's ( NISP) creative campus is in one of the largest city centre waterfront redevelopments sites in Europe. Tenants at the Science Park range from global giants down to single- desk start- ups. At present, there are around 1,400 staff on the NISP site generating £ 40m in annual salaries. UKSPA estimates that for every two jobs on a Science Park there is one off site. On that basis, NISP supports an additional 700 jobs nearby in an area of targeted social need. NISP has now announced the successful completion of the first phase of a major new development that sees over 50,000sq ft of additional workspace - and half a dozen new tenant companies - added to its East Belfast campus. Concourse Building One, which comprises five floors of agile workspace and capacity to house around 500 staff, is a major addition to the Science Park. Already NISP has signed up a full roster of tenants for Building One, and these include major multinational companies. One such company, Fidessa is expected to create up to 26 highly skilled software programming jobs and invest around £ 2.5m over the first three years of its residency. Over time, this building will be joined by Concourse Buildings Two and Three. All three buildings, which can be interlinked, will add a total of 210,000sq ft of lettable space to the campus - more than doubling the organi-sation's present footprint. Plans are now underway to see potential tenants register early interest for Concourse Building Two. Last September, the Science Park unveiled its newly refur-bished Titanic's Dock and Pump House. This seven- acre scheduled site contains the massive dry- dock where RMS Titanic was fitted out and is known locally as " Titanic's physical footprint in history". The listed Pump- House accommodates a café, visitor's centre as well as an inter-pretive centre for what was the largest dock and most powerful pumps in the world when completed in 1911. This site will bring tourism to the Park, but, more impor-tantly, Titanic's Dock & Pump House will provide a major educational facility for children across Northern Ireland to come and learn about science and engineering. For more information, visit: www. nisp. co. uk University of Warwick Science Park Ten European companies have made the decision to take up permanent residence in the UK and have located at the University of Warwick Science Park, in the West Midlands, through the support of an inward invest-ment programme - Bridge to Growth - funded and led by the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands, working closely with UKTI. The aim of the Bridge to Growth ( B2G) programme is to seek out fast- growing businesses in Europe and help them to set up a UK subsidiary in the West Midlands. Since the programme started in 2006, more than 250 companies have visited the West Midlands, arriving from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the Nether-lands as the result of marketing seminars run jointly by AWM and UKTI. Australian and New Zealand companies have also taken advantage of this innovative project. In the UK, the programme is delivered by a group of Partners with complementary skills working within the Advantage West Midlands programme who blend their skills to short cut problems faced by inward investors and reduce their costs. The University of Warwick Science Park plays its part in providing fully serviced offices in the UK Market Access Centre, located in its prestigious building, Riley Court. Several furnished suites accommodate one, two or three-person start- up operations and there is also a hot- desk facility for those companies who require just a base to work from. The accommodation is provided for a six-month period at special rates and thereafter property can be rented according to business needs. Over the past three years, 25 companies have taken up space in the UK Market Access Centre and 10 of these have expanded into other premises on the Science Park. The Science Park also offers marketing advice through its own professional team of marketers, known as Tech- Mark. The TechMark team can undertake any work to help companies successfully launch their product into the UK market. Accounting, legal, business- lead generation services, general back- office support, company forma-tion services and recruitment services are provided by other Partners. For more information, visit: www. warwicksciencepark. co. uk Centres of Excellence UK Science & Innovation Parks: uk science parks asociation