Sci-Tech Daresbury is continuing to expand as a base for international businesses in the North West with the arrival of five new international companies to the site.
The Cheshire-based science and innovation centre has welcomed five new international businesses since the start of the year and is now home to 18 international companies from eight countries including China, India, the USA, and Australia.
The high-tech businesses boast cutting-edge expertise in a diverse range of fields including acoustics technology, virtual engineering, medical diagnostic devices and computer software coding systems.
The five most recent international arrivals in 2012 include Synchrogenix and Data Direct Networks from the USA, Pamas, headquartered in Germany, Flow Systems Engineering from China, and Tissue Therapies from Australia.
John Downes, group chief executive of Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture partner, Langtree, said:
“We are delighted that these international companies, many of which are acknowledged as leading innovators within their sectors, have been attracted to the campus.
“It is further recognition of the unique blend of support and expertise offered at Sci-Tech Daresbury. Companies are particularly attracted by Sci-Tech Daresbury’s credibility and capability in the science and technology sectors. The site’s central location, culture of collaboration and open innovation also provides an environment in which businesses with diverse origins from a wide variety of sectors can flourish.”
Of the 18 international companies currently on site, 16 were setting up their first base in the UK. The international companies come from a variety of sectors, including advanced engineering and materials, biomedical, digital and ICT, and energy and environment.
Sci-Tech Daresbury is proving particularly attractive to American companies, with eight of the 18 arrivals originating from the USA.
John Leake, business development manager at Sci-Tech Daresbury, said:
“Sci-Tech Daresbury offers international companies a great base from which to fast-track their growth in the UK and Europe. Taking advantage of our extensive network allows companies to both identify valuable opportunities, seamlessly connect with relevant contacts and identify the most appropriate people and organizations for the skills they require.
“The potential benefits offered to companies which start up or relocate to the Sci-Tech Daresbury Enterprise Zone are also substantial and include 100 per cent business rate reduction for five years, up to a maximum of £275,000 over five years.”
The site, which took on Enterprise Zone status on April 1st this year, is a private public sector joint-venture partnership with developers and investors, Langtree, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and Halton Borough Council.
Sci-Tech Daresbury is set to expand over the next twenty years to become a ‘technology village’ which will deliver as many as 15,000 highly skilled jobs and attract new international technology businesses to the North West.