Keele University Science & Innovation Park

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Site Description: The site lies within Keele University campus, situated close to the A34 with links to the A500, A50 and the M6. Phase 3 infrastructure works are completed for an additional 38 acres of greenfield space with outline planning permission suitable for bespoke office buildings, light manufacturing or laboratory/workshop facility. The expansion will also feature a new hotel and conference centre and some post graduate accommodation. Four distinctive high tech. office buildings include IC1, IC2 and two Med Tech offices, MedIC3 and MedIC4 that include dedicated lab space are already on the site with contruction completed on a further speculative office unit (IC5) of 27,000sqft. For more information on IC5 Click Here

Overall Developable Land: 36.4 acres (15.2hectares) net.

Planning Use: B1

Site Owner: Keele University Science & Innovation Park

Planning Authority: Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

Major Local Companies: Siemens, Capita, Navman Wireless, Adecco, Biocomposites, Dermal Technology Laboratory, Internet Central, Koko Digital, McCamley UK

Workforce: 273,410 within thirty minute drive time

Developers: Keele University Science & Business Park Limited

Sat Nav: ST5 5AA

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Cities
Birmingham 48 miles (77 km)
London 161 miles (259 km)
Manchester 42 miles (68 km)
Sheffield 78 miles (126 km)
Stoke-on-Trent 5 miles (8 km)
Ports
Folkstone 236 miles (380 km)
Harwich 227 miles (365 km)
Hull 139 miles (224 km)
Southampton 189 miles (304 km)
Airports
Birmingham 57 miles (92 km)
Manchester 36 miles (58 km)
Nottingham East Midlands 53 miles (85 km)
Motorways
M1 (Junction 24) 47 miles (76 km)
M6 (Junction 15) 4 miles (6 km)
M6 (Juncton 16) 5 miles (7 km)

Royal Imtech chooses Keele

Thursday, 12th of December 2013

Technical services provider Royal Imtech has chosen Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP) to house its newest UK telecoms unit.

The new telecoms team has moved into KUSBP’s Innovation Centre IC2, and forms part of Imtech Traffic & Infra, a division that delivers technology solutions for traffic and infrastructure sectors.

Specialising in telecom services for organisations including the Highways Agency, Local Government and education establishments, the team’s work includes the design, installation, maintenance and management of telecoms networks across a range of technologies.

The Keele office will house the office, pre-staging facility and Network Operations Centre (NOC) for the telecoms team’s operations.

Before moving into IC2, the team travelled between other UK offices in Birmingham and Manchester.

Forming one of KUSBP’s four innovation centres, IC2 opened ten years ago to provide high-spec, flexible facilities for expanding technology organisations.

Angus Higgins, business and commercial manager at Imtech Traffic & Infra, said: “Following a successful 12 months, we wanted to find the right facilities that would support the continued growth of our telecoms arm and enable us to expand the new team.

“IC2′s accessible location and on-site facilities means we’re able to do just that.

“As a technology company, innovation and continual development is at the heart of our operation and being based at a university site such as KUSBP also provides us with the perfect environment to build on this.”

KUSBP and Staffordshire County Council recently announced plans for a new £5m innovation centre – IC5 – which, when complete, will provide an additional 30,129 sq ft of new Grade A office and workshop accommodation on the site.

Caroline Mairs, head of KUSBP, said: “This is an exciting time for KUSBP as we welcome yet another international business onto the site and develop our plans for IC5.

“We’re committed to making KUSBP a hub for innovation and research opportunities by providing the right environment for businesses of all sizes to flourish.

“We look forward to working with Imtech Traffic & Infra as they continue to deliver and build on their services.”

Royal Imtech is headquartered in Gouda in The Netherlands


Leading Accolade For Staffordshire IT Firm

Thursday, 22nd of November 2012

Staffordshire IT firm, iCritical has received a top accolade at a leading national awards ceremony for the computing industry.

Based at Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP), iCritical won Security Service Provider of the Year at the Computing Security Awards 2012, for its unrivalled customer service. The awards recognise innovation in IT security and are voted for by peers across the sector.

The award win is the culmination of a successful year for the firm, which has seen the launch of additional features to its flagship email security product, mailCritical, the expansion of its sales channels and two other award nominations.

Cathryn Higginson, marketing manager at iCritical, comments: “Winning this award is such an honour, particularly as it was voted for by the IT community rather than a panel of judges. We faced tough competition, so to know our resellers and customers took the time to show us their support and vote for us is fantastic.

“Since moving to Keele University Science and Business Park in 2005, iCritical has gone from strength to strength. We recently expanded into new offices on the park to accommodate both the growth in our product range and workforce.”

Caroline Mairs, head of Keele University Science and Business Park, added: “iCritical is a leading IT provider and this prestigious award is testament to its innovative work. This is the latest in a series of award wins and nominations for businesses at KUSBP and we look forward to continuing to support the companies based here to achieve success.”


New jobs are being created at a North Staffordshire telesales

Tuesday, 20th of November 2012

NEW jobs are being created at a North Staffordshire telesales specialist thanks to increasing demand from the other side of the world.

24 I.S. has signed a deal with a Melbourne-based solar panel company for staff selling solar panel installations to Australian customers from its UK call centre.

The Keele-based firm is now looking to take on five new recruits after the contract was expanded.

Director Tim Jones said: “We will be increasing the size of our business to consumer sales team over the next few weeks to accommodate the demand from Australia.

“Having spent a few weeks in Perth in January, it’s clear that the Australian economy has been largely unaffected by the global financial crisis and it makes a lot of sense to have a focus on this part of the world.”

Staff on the contract work a morning shift to match the early evening hours in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
Tim added: “We have some fairly unique working hours for UK sales staff on this contract, but they are all quite pleased to be going home for the evening at 1pm.”

Tim launched 24 I.S. with fellow director Kay Keeling last year and it has already moved from its original base at The Brampton in Newcastle to Keele University Science and Business Park to accommodate its growth.It currently employs around 15 people.

On top of the expansion of the Australian contract, the firm has picked up several new deals from the IT sector.

Tim said: “We believe what we are offering is something that is extremely relevant in today’s economy everyone needs more sales, and help to generate those sales.”

Kay added: “We are generating inquiries from all over the world.”

24 I.S. launched a new service offering business to business price comparison information for online retailers earlier this year, which Kay said is attracting increasing levels of interest. Staff have just returned from Belgium after showcasing the service to a major household appliances manufacturer.

Kay added: “All of this combined means that we have five job vacancies that we will be seeking to fill in the next few weeks.

“We’re delighted to be creating jobs for the local economy, especially in the current climate.”


Keele University Science and Business Park welcomes Scion International

Wednesday, 31st of October 2012

Scion International has joined the growing number of companies based at Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP), providing a real boost to the Staffordshire business scene.

Scion International, which markets technology based products such as printed circuit boards throughout Europe, has made the move to KUSBP in order to facilitate its expansion plans.

Gordon Yule, managing director of Scion International, said: “The move to KUSBP has been very positive and I can see a lot of opportunities from being based here. We are looking to diversify the business and take on new product lines and our new premises provide the ideal environment for expansion. While a lot of our business is based in Asia, we are also looking to grow our UK market so it is important that we have access to good transport link and we couldn’t be better connected than here at Keele.

“We also think that it will benefit the business to be close to the university and in the future we are keen to work with students and graduates who will have valuable skills in sales, technology and IT.”

Caroline Mairs, Head of Keele University Science and Business Park, added: “We are delighted to welcome Scion International on to the park. It is great news for us to see companies of such calibre choosing Staffordshire as the place to grow their business.”

“We are looking forward to working closely with Scion International to ensure their move to KUSBP is a successful one and to help them achieve their business development plans.”

Scion International is based at Innovation Centre 1, which offers businesses such as start-ups, spin-outs or larger companies looking for new premises high-spec, flexible accommodation. Keele University Science and Business Park has a track record in accommodating global businesses, providing links to academic expertise, business sector networks, innovation and research and development networks, and funding opportunities.


Nova Centre opens at Keele

Friday, 14th of September 2012

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, officially opened Keele University’s dedicated business growth programme.

The Nova Centre – this week and highlighted the important role that Universities can play in helping to support business.

Based at the entrance to campus at Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP), the Nova Centre is a converted farmhouse offering specially refurbished office space for eight fledgling businesses on a dedicated two-year enterprise programme.

Speaking at the opening, the Business Secretary talked about the need for support and mentoring for small enterprises and praised the collaborative approach between Keele University and local businesses.

He commented: “The Government wants to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business and to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy. Ventures such as the Nova Centre at Keele University can help us achieve that goal through offering specialist support for businesses in their early stages of trading to help them grow and create jobs.”

The scheme is just one of a number of initiatives that the University is running as part of its wider commitment to supporting the local economy. Aimed at helping these companies achieve sustainable growth, the programme offers support and tailored advice on topics ranging from sales and marketing to HR, finance performance and strategy, as well as opportunities to network.

Members of the professional services business community including accountants, solicitors and marketers, have also pledged to give their time for free to help move these businesses in the right direction.

So far, six businesses in a variety of industries have set up at the Nova Centre. They were selected through a competitive process, judged by a special steering group, and will be based there for two years before making way for new businesses to join the programme.

One of the companies to secure a place at the Nova Centre is DK Design. Set up by two friends, the design agency joined the Nova Centre earlier this year and is now looking to recruit a new member of the design team to help grow the business.


Nano Therics Expansion

Tuesday, 3rd of April 2012

Nano therics, a company set up in 2007 to exploit research into gene transfer technology conducted at Keele University and the University of florida has expanded within the Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP).

The Company has outgrown its present premises and has moved into IC4 on KUSBP. This move has increased laboratory space by 50% to facilitate the company’s expected increasing turnover in the next year.


Keele wins hotel approval at appeal….

Monday, 26th of September 2011

Keele Science & Business Park has won a planning appeal against an earlier decision by planning committee to refuse consent for a four star, 150 bed hotel and conference centre.


Nova Centre targets entrepreneurs

Thursday, 21st of July 2011

KUSBP is planning to convert a former farmhouse at the Park into 1500 sq ft of flexible and affordable office space, specifically targeted at companies that have been trading for 12 months or less.

As well as benefiting from a contemporary office, businesses that locate to the new “Nova Centre” will join a two-year growth programme, including advice on sales, marketing, HR, performance and strategy, and opportunities to network.

Caroline Mairs, head of KUSBP said: “The Nova Centre will be ideal for budding entrepreneurs, including graduates, who are running new business ventures and looking for affordable office accommodation, strategic advice and support to help them achieve sustainable growth.

“As well as benefiting from the commercial expertise and knowledge of the KUSBP team, the start ups will gain access to all of the facilities on the Keele University campus such as cafes, restaurants and sports facilities as well as access to academic expertise. Our aim is to help give ambitious, young companies a competitive edge that will ensure that they can develop into strong and successful organisations.”

Work is due to begin on site in August 2011 with the scheduled completion by January 2012.


Keele Science Park builds on success

Friday, 25th of February 2011

Keele Science Park’s continued success in attracting technology-led companies has led to an innovative joint venture with Staffordshire County Council that will see the development of a further 30,000sqft of Grade A office space in IC5. A planning application has been submitted to Newcastle Borough Council.


Keele submits hotel planning application

Thursday, 18th of November 2010

A planning application has been submitted for a 150 bed Hotel on the 70 acre extension to the Keele University site. The hotel will create 40 jobs and cost AL15 million to build.


Biocomposites expands

Sunday, 5th of October 2008

Biocomposites, developers and manufacturers of synthetic calcium devices, have exercised their option to take additional space within MedIC4. They will now occupy 20,000 sq ft within the Science Park


Helical Gorvernetz and Keele agree JV

Friday, 4th of April 2008

PRESS RELEASE

Keele University has reached agreement with Helical Governetz to develop a major new Public Sector initiative; The Government Hub for the West Midlands. Project Keele, as it is being known, intends to become the epicentre of Government activity in the West Midlands. It will also have the ability to absorb major relocations from Westminster and Whitehall which are currently taking place under the Lyons Relocation programme.

The Public/ Private partnership is developing on part of a 73 million GBP, 70-acre development site at Keele. This is in light of a series of major requirements for the UK Public Sector to radically transform through; efficiency savings, environmental sustainability and co-location in the regions to form a more citizen-friendly joined-up version of government as we know it.

In light of increased concern over climate change, the buildings would have BREEAM excellent facilities of energy efficiency and sustainability. Whilst the identification process is at an early stage, it is a huge boost for Keele and North Staffordshire that Helical Governetz has selected the area for one of its strategically located government campuses.

Successful development of this type would complement the objectives of the University with regard to regeneration in North Staffordshire and would provide further opportunities for the University in training and short-course provision. It is envisaged that such a development could deliver some 1,000/1,500 jobs directly and indirectly into the local economy.

Professor Janet Finch, Vice Chancellor of Keele University, said: “It is excellent news that Helical Governetz has identified Keele as a possible site for a Government office or agency re-location. Discussions are at an early stage but any such re-location would be vital, not only for Keele University, as we seek to establish ourselves as the Ultimate Campus University for the 21st Century, but also in contributing to a sustainable economic future for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.”

David Werran , expert in government relocations and now Director at Helical Governetz commented further: “This latest government relocation programme is not about shifting posts from London to haphazard parts of the UK. It is a long term, sustainable movement of government activity to the regions, joining up with local government services and above all delivering value of money to the taxpayer.

In our view the Keele site has potential to provide the blueprint for the 21st Century public sector. From the perspective of a civil servant under instruction to relocate posts, it ticks all the right boxes; a modern, flexible and green office space, an exceptional recruitment pool and with an enviable quality of life in the surrounding area to settle.”


Tuesday, 18th of March 2008

Government Office Relocation moves a step closer at Keele Science Park Specialist joint venture company Helical Governetz has signed an agreement at Keele Science and Business Park to build out 600,000sqft of offices on Phase 3 of the Park. The principal objective of Helical Governetz is to facilitate the relocation of government departments and to add efficiencies to their operations. The agreement with Keele also includes sustainable office space for selective private sector tenants allied to the creation of a centre for the science and research industries.


Friday, 10th of August 2007

Phase 3 infrastructure works are now underway


Tuesday, 1st of May 2007

Phase 3 of Keele Science Park gets the green light. AWM has now agreed a funding package of 8.4m GBP that will allow enabling works to get underway on the 70 acre extension to the science park and with the hope start will be made in July.


Wednesday, 30th of August 2006

Alconbury Weston has now moved in from Med IC4 and will be joined by Compact Science and Technology who are also relocating from Med IC4.


Thursday, 25th of May 2006

Planning approval granted for Phase 3, the 70 acre extension for the Science Park.


Sunday, 2nd of April 2006

Three storey MedIC3 (21,000sqft) is now nearing completion.


Sunday, 18th of December 2005

Rental support scheme available for medical and healthcare related companies is operating successfully. There are now 12 medical companies operating within the Science Park.


Friday, 2nd of December 2005

Outline and detailed planning application submitted for Phase 3. Proposal includes 38 acres for mixed use development, 16 acres for open space and 16 acres for roads and services.


Tuesday, 1st of November 2005

Construction of MedIC3 is progressing to schedule.


Monday, 10th of October 2005

Development targeted to commence in 2007. AWM have given outline funding of AL6m for infrastructure provision.


Thursday, 29th of September 2005

Public consultations on Phase 3 of the science park has taken place and was attended by over 200 people.


Tuesday, 6th of September 2005

Public consultation on Phase 3 of the Science Park are planned for 28th and 29th September 2005. The aim of the consultation is to inform the outlined planning application for the site. Phase 3 represents the remaining 70 acres. Phase 3 allocations include staff and student housing, academic functions, employment uses, and uses related to the University activities.


Sunday, 26th of June 2005

MedIC 4 is now 80% occupied by medical and healthcare related companies.


Friday, 22nd of April 2005

Following the success of MedIC4, construction has now started on MedIC3, the second building dedicated to companies in the medical technologies arena.


Saturday, 16th of October 2004

Secretary of State for Health Dr John Reid will be opening the Medical School at Keele in the New Year 2005.


Wednesday, 7th of July 2004

Foundations are being laid for Med IC3. Originally planned to be an office based innovation centre, the high level of interest in MedIC 4 medical/biomedical incubation space has resulted in a similar level of provision being included within MedIC3.


Thursday, 1st of July 2004

Technical Project Framework completed for Phase 3, completed by David Lock Associates.


Sunday, 6th of June 2004

Planning applications have been submitted for the redevelopment of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. This £350 million redevelopment has important links to Keele Science Park, as the construction of the second, of three dedicated training facilities is now under construction.


Sunday, 9th of May 2004

The third phase of the Keele Science Park is now being masterplanned. The redevelopment of the remaining 73 acres (59 acres developable) will offer a range of freehold and leasehold opportunities.


Friday, 23rd of April 2004

IC4 construction is on target for an Autumn completion, with the building works now progressing to the internal fit out and the clean room incubation units.


Thursday, 1st of April 2004

Biocomposites Ltd will be occupying 10,000 sqft within MedIC 4. Biocomposites develops, manufactures and markets synthetic calcium composite devices for tissue regeneration. They are a leading edge company, developing proprietary technologies that are bioengineered to mimic in-vivo the composite structure of human bone. The company have successfully been awarded Regional Selective Assistance grant support from regional development agency, Advantage West Midlands. April 04 A rental subsidy scheme is now in place to support the development of medical and healthcare related companies within the Keele Science Park. This scheme offers up to £60,000 in rental support over a three year period. The scheme is unique within the UK and is not open to any other science park


Thursday, 18th of March 2004

Stoke-on-Trent has been highlighted as the most cost effective location in the UK, by recent, independent research conducted by KPMG. The study covered 121 cities in 11 countries and considered, 2000 industrial business scenarios and is the most thorough assessment ever conducted in this area by KPMG (www.competitivealternatives.com). Stoke-on-Trent performed particularly well in being a cost effective location in biomedical/biotechnology research and development, clinical trials and for the manufacture of medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Within North Staffordshire work on specific medical technology research facilities is well underway at Keele University and the new teaching hospital. This is leading to an increase in provision for clinical trials and interest in medical/biomedical companies establishing a presence in the Stoke-on-Trent area.


Saturday, 21st of February 2004

The preferred bidder, Equion, has been selected for the re-development of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The £350million scheme will build a new acute hospital on the University Hospital of North Staffordshire’s City General site and a new community hospital for North Stoke Primary Care Trust on the Haywood and Stanfield sites. It is the biggest investment by the NHS in the area since 1948 and will provide significant opportunities to both the business community and also for medical research. The hospital already hosts of the UK’s largest clinical audit departments in the country and provision for clinical trials will increase through the linked provision between Keele and the Hospital site. Contracts are expected for completion in September 2004.


Friday, 12th of December 2003

IC4 is now under construction for completion summer 2004. The building will be delivered to the highest specification with high quality support from the University’s teams in respect of health & safety, facilities management, estate management, 24 hour security etc. Both buildings are dedicated to med tech companies including designated laboratory space with air handling, gases etc. and include the 7 special incubators available in IC4. These two buildings are also covered through the BIC with on-site business support and advice, access to meetings rooms etc and a substantial rental support scheme for the first 3 years of occupancy. Interested prospective tenants can discuss this at further length with the team at Keele.


Friday, 12th of December 2003

IC3 is scehduled to commence construction in February 2004.


Monday, 20th of October 2003

The new medical school is now complete. The 6000 sqm, state of the art, dedicated training facility will host the students that are now training as doctors, nurses, midwifes, etc within the North Staffordshire area. The training facility will be complemented by three additional training facilities within the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, for clinical and practical training and research.


Friday, 4th of July 2003

IC3 and 4 are to go into construction shortly for completion summer 2004. These buildings will be delivered to the highest specification with high quality support from the University’s teams in respect of health & safety, facilities management, estate management, 24 hour security etc. Both buildings are dedicated to med tech companies including designated laboratory space with air handling, gases etc. and include the 7 special incubators available in IC4. These two buildings are also covered through the BIC with on-site business support and advice, access to meetings rooms etc and a substantial rental support scheme for the first 3 years of occupancy. Interested prospective tenants can discuss this at further length with the team at Keele.


Sunday, 1st of June 2003

Molecular Imaging Services (MIS), party of the Alliance Group have signed a 99 year lease with Keele University to establish its first commercial Radiopharmaceutical Production Unit (RPU) at Keele University Science Park. The unit, the first of its kind outside of London, will produce radiopharmaceuticals for medical purposes to serve the increasing demand for PET scanning in the United Kingdom.


Monday, 31st of March 2003

Academics at Keele University highlight the benefits of the university’s growing research reputation, combined with good location and comparatively low costs may tip the balance over the UK’s research capital in Cambridge. As part of a 10-year masterplan to develop the university science park, it it hoped to create almost 3,000 new jobs. Ros Gallagher, university head of external relations, said “Cambridge is much larger and has the reputation, but that means there is a huge amount of competition on space and among companies for new graduates. It is also a lot more expensive. We have a great location, we have a medical school to develop new skills and a hospital on the horizon to develop clinical trials.” The university has drawn up a strategy to develop 73 acres of university land above the second IC2 building.


Monday, 3rd of February 2003

Funding is now in place for further expansion of the site. The 6,000 sqm science complex is well underway and IC3 and IC4 are due to commence construction soon.


Wednesday, 28th of August 2002

Expansion of Keele Science Park’s successful Innovation Centres. Developers plan to spend around AL10 million at the ultra-modern Keele Science Park, which adjoins Keele University, by building two new innovation centres. The two existing centres, known as IC1 and IC2, have received huge amounts of praise for creating jobs in hi-tech industries and were quickly filled by a number of companies. Keele Park Developments, the firm behind the proposals, hopes one of the new buildings will provide office and laboratory space for new medical technology companies. Keele Park Developments is now waiting for the result of an application to regeneration agency Advantage West Midlands for cash to help fund the IC4 project. The expansion plans have been submitted to Newcastle Borough Council’s planning department and if approved, they will be the latest of a series of developments at the university which have included a state-of-the-art medical school.


Thursday, 3rd of January 2002

IC2 is now complete with the ground floor now fully let to 5 companies.


Friday, 10th of August 2001

The imposing 35,000sqft three storey modern IC2 building is now nearing completion.


Thursday, 3rd of May 2001

The first phase incubator building of 25,000 square feet was completed in November 1999 and completely let by midsummer 2000. Occupiers include Synetrix Ltd, Internet Central and Blue Shield Services. Construction of a second building of 35,000 square feet began in Spring 2001 with expected completion in summer 2001.


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Commitment agreed to support creation of high quality jobs at Staffordshire innovation centre

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A commitment to support the construction of a new innovation centre at one of Staffordshireas leading employment sites has been agreed by the county councilas cabinet today.

A AL2.02million investment in Innovation Centre 6 (IC6) at Keele University Science and Innovation Park was approved this morning. It follows the completion last August of Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) at the site using a AL7million county council investment. The facility was created to house expanding high technology and professional services companies. Two companies have already taken space on five-year commercial leases.

With near full employment in the county continuing, both developments are supporting a drive for better paid, higher skilled jobs in Staffordshire. Todayas unemployment claimant statistics show Staffordshire remaining at 0.9 per cent of the local population. This compares with 2.2 per cent for the West Midlands region and 1.7 per cent for England.

Innovation Centre 6 will add to the already thriving science and innovation park where the five established innovation centres, along with other facilities, house around 40 businesses employing over 600 people. The new centre will sit alongside an innovation leadership hub and a new home for Keele Management School in a new combined capital development. Funding for the project would also come from Keele University, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Governmentas Growth Deal. The total cost of the new capital development will be AL17.5million.

It will also house the Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership will support local business leaders to develop the skills needed to innovate and grow their businesses. The new centre forms part of the wider New Keele Deal, announced last week. The Deal will support businesses to access Keele Universityas world-class research and facilities, providing training in innovation leadership and facilitate supply chain development across a range of sectors.

IC6 will bring more skilled jobs in the high technology sector, providing high quality lettable space for new innovative businesses, start-ups and tech entrepreneurs, alongside state-of-the-art shared facilities to foster university and business collaboration. IC6 will accommodate around 100 high value jobs.

In May 2016, the county councilas cabinet announced its intention to pursue the project with Keele University, which will lead on the design and development of the centre.

Dr Mark Bacon, Director of Engagement and Partnerships at Keele University, said: aOur partnership with Staffordshire County Council will enable us to further develop the opportunities available for local businesses and inward investment into Staffordshire. Our Science and Innovation Park offers access to world-renowned research, state-of-the-art facilities and highly-skilled academics and graduates, all of which can aid businesses in developing new products and services. Through the county councilas investment, we can support the growth of more businesses and help to bring more high value jobs into the local area.a

Staffordshire County Councilas economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: aKeele University Science and Innovation Park is the countyas leading site for innovation and research and we want to support its continued growth. The established innovation centres there are thriving and we are keen to see this expanded. We have an effective business partnership with Keele University which has grown stronger through the IC5 project and now the New Keele Deal. In May last year we set out our intention to go ahead with IC6 and now we have agreed our funding commitment. We have near full employment in Staffordshire and our drive now is to create high quality, skilled jobs, which IC6 will help to deliver.a

The official opening of IC5 takes place this Friday January 20.

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AL70m regional partnership to create 700 jobs

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Seven hundred jobs are set to be created and over 1,000 businesses supported as a result of a AL70m research-led collaboration led by one UKas top universities.

Keele University will work in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust to deliver a unique deal designed to stimulate growth of the knowledge-based economy in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire region.

The New Keele Deal will support businesses to access Keele Universityas world-class research and facilities, providing training in innovation leadership and facilitate supply chain development across a range of sectors. Collectively, the New Keele Deal will assist businesses in becoming more competitive, producing better products and improving customer services.

Through a range of innovative business support programmes, the New Keele Deal will enable the University to extend its already considerable impact on the local economy by contributing an extra AL210m into the local area.

In addition to enhancing local business innovation, the Deal aims to improve health care in Staffordshire through the development of new health innovations and research designed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions.

The New Keele Deal will also position Staffordshire at the heart of the countryas transition towards a lower carbon economy through establishment of the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator – Europeas only at-scale living laboratory that will be used to trial and test new energy technologies. The project is targeted to produce savings of up to 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Among the priorities highlighted in the New Keele Deal are plans to build Innovation Centre 6 at Keele University Science and Innovation Park, which will be located adjacent to the new Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership, a unique hub which will support businesses to better create a competitive advantage.

Targets over the next two decades include supporting over 600 small and medium sized businesses to innovate, 250 businesses to save energy or create green energy products and 140 medical technology and healthcare businesses to collaborate with academics and the NHS.

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice Chancellor at Keele University, said: aThe New Keele Deal is a commitment from the University and its long-standing partners to invest in the growth of the local economy by supporting and helping to advance our local businesses.

aBy utilising the Universityas world-leading research, and drawing on the expertise offered by its skilled professionals and academics, the Deal will help create a competitive advantage for local organisations by improving their products, services and businesses processes, ultimately leading to increased prosperity for the area.a

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: aThis Deal really is unique nationally and will put Staffordshire at the forefront of the UKas emerging industrial strategy. Improved innovation in business leads to greater productivity which is essential for economy and for a stable future for business.

aNot only will the Keele Deal bring growth and create high quality jobs, it will also improve healthcare locally through greater research and development of new treatments. As a county council we are set to commit to a AL2million investment in the new Innovation Centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park to support businesses to grow.A The new Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership will support local business leaders to develop the skills needed to innovate and grow their businesses.a

Elizabeth Shenton, leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: aNewcastle is a borough of opportunity and we are proud to support this investment as part of the Keele Deal innovation.

aOne of our key aims is to help businesses to grow and develop in the area and, through research and development, significant new job opportunities will be created, making sure that the borough, its businesses and its residents continue to thrive.a

Councillor Dave Conway, Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader, said: aThe city council is really pleased to be involved in this initiative, as the investment will have a positive impact on all of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. We look forward to working with Keele on exciting projects such as our ambitious district heat network, which will bring low carbon heat energy to local businesses and residents that is stable and affordable, and is the largest planned initiative of its kind in the UK.a

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: aStimulating investment and innovation is crucial for the future prosperity of our economy.A Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has a strong track record of excellence in innovation and the New Keele Deal will play a major role in building on our regionas recognised strengths in key areas of new technologies and advanced manufacturing.

aThis emphasis on innovation and competitiveness will help us build our reputation around the globe, bringing more highly skilled and better paid jobs to our area and ensuring a thriving future.a

More information about the Keele Deal and how everyone can benefit at www.keele.ac.uk/newkeeledeal

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Council set to commit to creation of quality jobs at Staffordshire innovation centre

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A commitment to support the construction of a new innovation centre at one of Staffordshireas leading employment sites is set to be made by the county council next month.

If agreed by the cabinet in January, the county council would invest AL2.02million in Innovation Centre 6 (IC6) at Keele University Science and Innovation Park.

It follows the completion in August of Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) at the site using a AL7million county council investment. The facility was created to house expanding high technology and professional services companies.A Two companies have already taken space on five-year commercial leases.

Innovation Centre 6 will add to the already thriving science and innovation park where the five established innovation centres, along with other facilities, house around 40 businesses employing over 600 people. The new centre would sit alongside an innovation leadership hub and a new home for Keele Management School in a new combined capital development. Funding for the project would also come from Keele University, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Governmentas Growth Deal. The total cost of the new capital development would be AL17.5million.

IC6 would bring more skilled jobs in the high technology sector, providing high quality lettable space for new innovative businesses, start-ups and tech entrepreneurs, alongside state-of-the-art shared facilities to foster university and business collaboration. IC6 would accommodate around 100 high value jobs.

In May this year, the county councilas cabinet announced its intention to pursue the project with Keele University, which will lead on the design and development of the centre. A report on IC6 will be discussed at next weekas Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee before going to Januaryas cabinet meeting.

Dr Mark Bacon, Director of Engagement and Partnerships at Keele University, said: aOur partnership with Staffordshire County Council will enable us to further develop the opportunities available for local businesses and inward investment into Staffordshire. Our Science and Innovation Park offers access to world-renowned research, state-of-the-art facilities and highly-skilled academics and graduates, all of which can aid businesses in developing new products and services. Through the county councilas investment, we can support the growth of more businesses and help to bring more high value jobs into the local area.a

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aKeele University Science and Innovation Park is the countyas leading site for innovation and research and we want to support its continued growth. The established innovation centres there are thriving and we are keen to see this expanded. We have an effective business partnership with Keele University which has grown stronger through the IC5 project. In May we set out our intention to go ahead with IC6 and now we are setting out our funding commitment. We have near full employment in Staffordshire and our drive now is to create high quality, skilled jobs, which IC6 will help to deliver.a

AL0.4billion boost to local economy from Keele University

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A new report produced by Regeneris Consulting concludes that Keele University is set to contribute close to AL0.4billion to the local economy each year and sustain over 6,000 local jobs by 2023.

The University, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Stoke-on-Trent City Region, is already a major contributor to the local economies. A With ambitious growth plans, the University commissioned the study to gain an understanding of its current direct economic impact now and in the future and the impact of proposed investments to drive economic growth across and beyond Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire.

The independent study looked at the Universityas economic impact in terms of students and staff spend, employment and purchasing, as well as the potential future impact of its proposed investments to stimulate economic growth.A These include: a new Keele Research and Innovation Gateway for business; plans to turn the entire campus into a Smart Energy Network Demonstrator; the Mercia Centre for Innovation and Leadership to drive levels of innovation in local businesses and a new Medical Research and Development Centre. A The study also considered planned growth of student numbers, expected growth in business engagement and future investments in facilities, accommodation and services.

The report headlines the following University key impacts:

  • A contribution of AL145m every year and sustaining over 3,000 jobs in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area – rising to AL220m per year and over 4,500 jobs across the West Midlands;
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme – AL13m spent with local businesses, 730 locally resident employees, 5,000 locally resident students;
  • Stoke-on-Trent – AL16m spent with local businesses, 640 locally resident employees and 1,700 locally resident students;
  • Visitors to Newcastle-under-Lyme a 53,000 (2014/15) and AL2.4m injected into the local economy.

In its future forecasting to 2023, the report highlights the potential for specific investments relating to the Universityas role in supporting economic growth to deliver support to over 800 businesses, create over 625 high value jobs and contribute an additional AL120m per year to the local economy. A Taken together with the direct growth of the University to 2023, Regeneris have estimated that the total impact of the University will come close to AL0.4billion per year and sustain over 6,000 jobs.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Trevor McMillan, comments: aThis report provides clear evidence of the significant contribution Keele University already makes locally and regionally to the local economy, in addition to our wider social, cultural and positive health impact. A Our growth plans to increase from the current 10,500 students to 13,000 could see the University expand this even further contributing up to 6,000 jobs and AL0.4billion per year to the regional economy.a

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Keele IC5 Completed

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Professor Trevor McMillan, Keele Universityas Vice-Chancellor (left) with Staffordshire County Councilas cabinet member for economic growth Mark Winnington.

Building work on a AL7million centre for business innovation in Staffordshire has been completed a with the first companies already set to move in.

The joint project between Keele University and Staffordshire County Council is the latest facility designed to support the development of local businesses and the creation of high value jobs in the area.

Innovation Centre 5, located on Keele University Science and Innovation Park, was officially handed over from construction partner Seddon earlier this month. It is the latest result of a long and successful partnership between the county council and the University, which sees the building funded and owned by the former and managed and maintained by the latter.A It could accommodate around 300 jobs when fully occupied.

The building is the fifth Innovation Centre on the Park and provides 30,000 sq ft of additional office and workshop accommodation for innovative, knowledge-intensive businesses. It is also the first to be built on the Science and Innovation Parkas new development site a an extension which has created 13 plots of land available for businesses and other partners to develop their own bespoke buildings.

Mark Winnington, cabinet member for economic growth at Staffordshire County Council, said: aThis is another great economic success for us a the delivery of a business innovation centre on time and on budget with companies already lined up to move in.

aWe are committed to supporting the creation of more high value jobs to Staffordshire through close working with a range of organisations. Weare building our partnership with Keele a one of the UKas leading educational and research establishments a to further strengthen our economy. We look forward to seeing a thriving centre as part of the renowned Science and Innovation Park.a

Professor Trevor McMillan, Keele Universityas Vice-Chancellor, added: aThe completion of Innovation Centre 5 is a significant milestone for us and for the local business economy.A Each of our existing properties has been in great demand since they opened, so it is fantastic that we are now able to accommodate and support more businesses here at Keele.

aWe are the only Science and Innovation Park in Staffordshire and one of only a handful in the country that is fully integrated within a university campus.A This ensures that businesses here are not only benefiting from modern facilities that they can be proud of, but they also have unrivalled access to the Universityas world-leading research, experienced and respected academics and officially the UKas most employable graduates, right on their doorstep.

aThis proximity to knowledge and expertise presents numerous opportunities for businesses to collaborate with the University in ways that will make their product development more efficient and effective, enable faster growth into new markets and ultimately create skilled jobs in the area.a

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman, David Frost CBE, said:A aIC5 is a great illustration of how we are working together in our region to create highly skilled job opportunities and assist cutting-edge businesses to grow and thrive.

aIt is clear that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is becoming an increasingly popular area for businesses to locate and innovative developments such as IC5 have an important role to play in this.

aOur range of successful developments, like IC5, show how partnership working across the public and private sectors and our universities is paying dividends for our economy.a

First Government Growth Deal project in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire officially opened

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Completion of supporting works to major employment sites has laid the foundation for more new jobs in Staffordshireas as the number of people claiming job seekersa allowance hit an all-time low today.

The first Government Growth Deal project in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been officially opened. Supporting work for Liberty Park in Lichfield has seen a new replacement rail bridge built by the county council, providing access to the site and the London Midland Trent Valley station car park. The site could provide over 1,000 jobs. The project, which was allocated AL4million from the Local Growth Fund, has seen Staffordshire County Council carry out the bridge replacement and road improvement works before the developer Liberty and its partner Stoford move on site to build the industrial units.

Work to provide the infrastructure for a new business park at Meaford near Stone is on schedule for completion in May. The project, carried out by the county council, received a AL4million allocation from the Local Growth Fund. Developer St Modwen will then take the scheme forward on site. The development, on what is the largest brownfield site in the county, could provide up to 2,200 jobs when completed.

In June, a new innovation centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park will be completed. The AL7milllion development between Staffordshire County Council and KUSIP will look to attract leading UK and international businesses in the medical, technology and engineering sectors. It will provide up to 130 skilled jobs and is the fifth centre of its kind on the university campus. It will be located on an established site for future development on the Keele campus.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aStaffordshireas success story in increasing job opportunities over the last few years has been phenomenal and we have hit an all-time low today in terms of the number of people claiming job seekersa allowance. The county council has supported business expansion, backed smaller enterprises, invested where it matters and with partners is driving up skills. We know we must continue to build on these successes and we are literally laying the foundations for new jobs in the coming months and years. We are ahead of the game with our business development and this is something that has been recognised by Government. These business sites will bring a real mix of quality jobs to Staffordshire people.a

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Drive to create quality jobs and attract innovative business continues as county sees near full employment

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A drive to create quality employment and attract innovative business to Staffordshire is increasing as the county continues to see near full employment.

The latest progress updates at business development projects which will bring investment and jobs to Staffordshire have been released this week. Todayas job seekers allowance statistics show the countyas claimant figure stands at just 0.8 per cent of the population a a record low, compared with a regional figure of 1.9 per cent and national figure of 1.5 per cent.

Among developments that are progressing are a new business innovation centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park. The AL7million centre is aimed at high growth businesses, providing high quality office and workshop accommodation. It is a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Keele University and is expected to create 130 jobs via the growth of existing business and inward investment from international companies relocating Staffordshire.

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The roof goes on IC5 at Keele University Science and Innovation Park

Work started in June this year and is set to be completed by June 2016. New businesses will be given access to all academic and research facilities at the university, offering opportunities for pioneering start-ups and growing international organisations. The innovation centre will be the fifth on the campus a the four already in operation are home to 42 businesses including Siemens Wind Power Research & Development, Navman Wireless Vehicle Tracking Systems, Adecco Enterprise and GVA Acuity Ltd. It has been designed by the county councilas joint venture partnership Entrust.

Keele University vice-chancellor,A ProfessorA Trevor McMillan, said today: aThe university has a well-established relationship with Staffordshire County Council and Innovation Centre 5 is the latest project that we have undertaken in partnership.A IC5 signifies the beginning of a new major phase of growth at Keele University Science and Innovation Park, and clearly sets out the universityas ongoing commitment and its increasingly important role as economic anchor in Staffordshire.a

In the south of the county, development continues to gather pace at Cannock Chase districtas flagship Kingswood Lakeside business park. The latest company to relocate to the site is HellermannTyton a a leading specialist in cable management solutions for a wide range of industries across the world, from automotive to telecommunications. The companyas new Staffordshire base is well on the way to completion and should be operating by next summer.

Construction of the new facility for Hellermanntyton at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock

Construction of the new facility for HellermannTyton at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock

Jon Churchley, HellermannTytonas commercial manager, said: aWe are very much looking to our move to Kingswood Lakeside which will enable our business to continue to develop for many years to come. The facilities are very much aligned to exceeding our customersa expectations whilst offering future prosperity to our employeesa

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aDevelopment at two of our main business sites is progressing well and will form part of our ongoing drive to bring innovative business and new jobs to Staffordshire. These projects show that we have a balanced economy with increased opportunities. The new innovation centre at Keele will be a prime location for international businesses in the medical, technology and engineering sectors and will further enhance the siteas reputation. Kingswood Lakeside also continues to go from strength to strength and weare pleased to welcome HellermannTyton to Staffordshire a another global leader that has chosen this county as the place to do business. It is always encouraging to report that we have near full employment and we remain focused on securing yet more jobs for the future.a

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Work gets underway on new AL7million innovation centre at Keele

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Work has started on a multi-million pound state-of-the art innovation centre for existing high growth businesses and new companies locating to Staffordshire.

It is the first new facility of its kind to be built on this scale in the area for ten years thanks to a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Keele University.

The AL7million centre will provide 30,000 sq. ft. of office and workshop accommodation and is expected to create 130 jobs via the growth of existing business and inward investment from international companies relocating Staffordshire.

An event to mark the start of the project took place on site today and was attended by all of the partners involved.

The centre is the fifth of its kind on the university campus and is set for completion in spring 2016. It will be located on an established site for future development on the Keele campus. Outline planning for this site has been approved for 13 plots of land with businesses and other partners being offered the opportunity to develop bespoke buildings from 13,000 to 940,000 sq. ft. It has been designed by the county councilas joint venture partnership Entrust.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aIt is great to come to Keele today to see work at the new innovation centre get underway.A We took the decision to invest in the project four years ago so this is a real milestone. It will further Keele University Science and Business Parkas reputation internationally as a prime location for innovation in the medical, technology and engineering sectors. The expansion of the park will lead to an increase in the cluster of this type of industry in Staffordshire and we are confident this can continue to grow. The centre will add to our drive to attract high quality businesses and jobs and bring real long-term benefits to the county.a

Professor Nick Foskett, Keele University Vice-Chancellor, said: aWe are delighted to see our long-standing partnership with Staffordshire County Council result in this latest development, which signifies the beginning of a new phase of growth, a tangible demonstration of the continuing commitment the university wishes to make as an increasingly important economic anchor in Staffordshire. “Effective collaboration between businesses and Keele is critical to underpin innovation-based economic growth across and beyond Staffordshire and the global visibility of Keele is a key asset in driving international investment we are keen to harness.”

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost added: aThis development will support the well-balanced economy we have in our area. It demonstrates the real strength of this partnership and also the confidence that it has.a

The latest innovation is a BREEAM agooda rated building offering three floors of flexible open plan units, ranging from 1,000 sq. ft. through to an entire block of 9,000 sq. ft. All three floors will feature state-of-the-art specification with fibre optic internet connectivity. As well as benefiting from on-site facilities management and a range of support services from both the county council and the Science and Business Park, new tenants to the site will be given access to all academic and research facilities at the university, offering exclusive opportunities for pioneering start-ups, spin-outs and growing international organisations. Talks are already underway with a number of potential tenants.

For more information visit www.kusbp.co.uk

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Work to start on new AL7million innovation centre at Keele University

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Work will start in May on a multi-million pound state-of-the art innovation centre for existing high growth businesses and new companies locating to Staffordshire.

It is the first new facility of its kind to be built on this scale in the area for ten years thanks to a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Keele University.

The AL7million centre will provide 30,000 sq. ft. of office and workshop accommodation and is expected to create 130 jobs via the growth of existing business and inward investment from international companies relocating Staffordshire.

The centre is the fifth of its kind on the university campus and is set for completion in spring 2016. It will be located on an established site for future development on the Keele campus. Outline planning for this site has been approved for 13 plots of land with businesses and other partners being offered the opportunity to develop bespoke buildings from 13,000 to 940,000 sq. ft.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aIt is pleasing to be in a position to announce the start date of work at the new innovation centre after we took the decision to invest in the project four years ago. It will further Keele University Science and Business Parkas reputation internationally as a prime location for innovation in the medical, technology and engineering sectors. The expansion of the park will lead to an increase in the cluster of this type of industry in Staffordshire and we are confident this can continue to grow. The centre will add to our drive to attract high quality businesses and jobs and bring real long-term benefits to the county.a

Professor Nick Foskett, Keele University Vice-Chancellor, said: aWe are delighted to see our long-standing partnership with Staffordshire County Council result in this latest development, which signifies the beginning of a new phase of growth, a tangible demonstration of the continuing commitment the university wishes to make as an increasingly important economic anchor in Staffordshire.

“Effective collaboration between businesses and Keele is critical to underpin innovation-based economic growth across and beyond Staffordshire and the global visibility of Keele is a key asset in driving international investment we are keen to harness.”

The latest innovation is a BREEAM agooda rated building offering three floors of flexible open plan units, ranging from 1,000 sq. ft. through to an entire block of 9,000 sq. ft. All three floors will feature state-of-the-art specification with fibre optic internet connectivity. As well as benefiting from on-site facilities management and a range of support services from both the county council and the Science and Business Park, new tenants to the site will be given access to all academic and research facilities at the university, offering exclusive opportunities for pioneering start-ups, spin-outs and growing international organisations. Talks are already underway with a number of potential tenants.

Keele Sees New Tenant

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Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP)A has a new tenant. Internation opthalmic pharmaceuticals company, Spectrum ThA(C)a has moved its UK base to Keele. Spectrum ThA(C)a is a joint venture between Spectrum UK and Laboratoires ThA(C)a of France, set up in 2008. The firms founder, Philip Lewis Smith is a former graduate of Keele University.

Lewis-Williams said: aI was most impressed with the science and business park when I visited. Our company ethos is that we improve eye health through innovation, education and professionalism, so we hope to develop strong links with the medical school, pharmacy department and business school over the next few years which will help us achieve this goal.

aKeele was influential on me personally, particularly the foundation year, as it gave me new educational options as I studied a range of subjects alongside my chosen specialism. I am looking forward to returning to the place that helped me to develop strong commercial and networking skills before I graduated in 1979.a

KUSBPA is currently home to more than 45 companies, each sharing a research culture boosted by the universityas academic expertise and specialist resources. The university site also provides opportunities for collaboration with the Keele University Medical and Business schools, which appealed to the business as it looks to continue its expansion.

aThA(C)a is looking to develop strong links with Keele and the surrounding area. We see this as key to building the companyas international links across Europe. In Clermont-Ferrand, central France, our offices and laboratories are adjacent to Michelin, as they will be here, so we already feel at home,a added Lewis-Williams.

Caroline Mairs, head of Keele University Science and Business Park, said: aWe are delighted to be welcoming another internationally established business. With Spectrum ThA(C)a joining the science park we are continuing to make KUSBP a hub where research and development businesses can flourish.a

Philip Lewis-Williams, founder, Spectrum Thea

Philip Lewis-Williams, founder, Spectrum Thea

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