University Innovation Park celebrates 1st anniversary

   
   
13 Jan 2010 11:01:00.000

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Nottingham’s newest enterprise park has proved so popular that it is at capacity on its first anniversary of opening.

 

The University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) took on new tenants throughout 2009 — in defiance of difficult economic conditions — and is now at an impressive 100 per cent occupancy.

 

Situated on a 12-acre site next to the University’s award-winning Jubilee Campus, UNIP is an ideal incubation space for big ideas, providing excellent business accommodation to encourage innovation.

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With January 2010 marking its first anniversary, UNIP now has 22 tenants including the Institution of Civil Engineers, Ordnance Survey, Europe Solutions Ltd, Dialogik (UK) Ltd and the film company Skeleton Productions.

Existing tenants are based in the Sir Colin Campbell Building, which forms a bridge over Triumph Road. But plans for further expansion of the Innovation Park will significantly increase the capacity of the Park as the next stages take shape.

UNIP provides high quality space for small and medium-sized bodies in the inspiring surroundings of the new Jubilee Campus — named the UK’s ‘Estates Initiative of the Year’ for 2009 by the Times Higher Education. The park also provides development space for companies wishing to build on the site.

Jo Derbyshire, Operations Manager at UNIP, said: “It’s a fantastic result to reach full capacity within a year of opening the Innovation Park, particularly in the light of continued difficulties with the economic situation.

“We have a broad range of tenants active in a wide variety of areas, which is an illustration of the flexibility we have on site to cater for all kinds of enterprise. We’re looking forward to building on the success of our first year and developing The University of Nottingham Innovation Park further in the years to come.”

UNIP offers:

• Business accommodation in units ranging from 30m2 to 120m2
• Excellent high speed IT networks and internet connectivity
• Telephony and data services
• Central reception area and services
• Access to meeting rooms, conferencing and event-hosting facilities
• On-site parking and catering services

Other benefits include:

• Networking opportunities through a regular programme of events in the Sir Colin Campbell Building
• Close contact with the University and associated researchers, facilities and support
• Access to a wide pool of graduate and post-graduate skills through employment, placements and projects
• Access to the University’s business development network.

More information is available at:

www.nottingham.ac.uk/unip

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
 
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

Story credits

More information is available from Jo Derbyshire , Operations Manager, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, on +44 (0)115 823 2261

Tim Utton

Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications

Email: tim.utton@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092 Location: University Park

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