New tenants at Medicity

Nottingham’s MediCity unveils first businesses

Posted on 6 March 2014 · Posted in News

Nottingham Enterprise Zone recorded a major milestone this week as the first occupiers moved into the Zone’s MediCity business hub.

The site was originally part of the larger Alliance Boots facility, but has recently been converted into a hi-tech business centre for health, beauty and wellness innovation.

The news that five businesses have moved their operations onto the Enterprise Zone was welcomed by MediCity director David Browning.

“Just two months since our launch, the MediCity community of innovators is starting to grow,” said Browning.

“Our team is busy providing the technical and commercial advice these companies need to develop and grow their ideas.

“It is also a busy time for the conferencing team which has more than 20 events booked into an area called the Meeting Space.”

As well as being a major partner in the MediCity venture, Boots retains a significant presence in Nottingham and it is hoped that MediCity will be a home for small and medium size enterprises looking to feed into the larger health and beauty supply chain.

Mark Chivers, Enterprise Zone director at Alliance Boots, said: “The progress made at MediCity since its launch in November is extremely exciting and demonstrates the many opportunities MediCity can offer for economic development, not just for innovative start-ups and growing businesses, but also for the wider Nottingham area.

“We look forward to attracting more innovators in the field of health, beauty and wellness to MediCity.”

The five new tenants work in a range of fields related to the health and beauty sector. Fitquest develop advanced technology to help people manage their fitness; Co-Formulate specialises in assisting sci-tech companies translate product concepts into prototypes; while MediLink is the life science industry membership body and helps companies in that sector to grow.

The other businesses are Mark Hill Hair Cosmetics, who work exclusively with Boots to retail haircare, electrical stylers and brushes, and Integra Communications, who will help make MediCity a fully-fledged business community by giving media advice to tenant companies.

Based in the iconic Art Deco D6 building, MediCity was officially opened last November by Communities Minister Baroness Stowell. The Enterprise Zone builds on a long history of health innovation in Nottingham, from the discovery of the ibuprofen pain killing drug to the creation of the MRI scanner.