Discovery Park Managing Director, Paul Barber took the opportunity to update the Prime Minister on the Enterprise Zone’s progress during his recent visit to East Kent.
During his visit the Prime Minister spent time with Paul Barber and tenants from the science, technology and enterprise park to discuss the latest activity in the Zone.
“The Prime Minister was keen to hear about the steady progress at Discovery Park, with almost 40 businesses now on site, mainly companies already in East Kent looking to expand or new businesses, and more than 1,300 employees as a result.
“We are also receiving interest from overseas companies and I was able to say this had all been achieved with funding from the private sector. However, progress could be further accelerated with additional financial support from the Government, which the Prime Minister acknowledged.”
Brian Henry from Pfizer Research and Development, located at Discovery Park, was also at the meeting. He said:
“It’s encouraging to see the Prime Minister take a direct interest in the life sciences industry and recognise its importance and value to the UK.
“At Pfizer we have around 650 colleagues at Discovery Park working to find new medicines. But it’s not just about supporting research and development, we must also ensure that patients get better access to, and benefit from, innovative new treatments.”
For further information about Discovery Park Enterprise Zone see: http://www.discovery-park.co.uk/.