PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION
HERE’S TO THE NEXT 25 YEARS AND COUNTING
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the University of Wolverhampton Science Park but celebrations, like most plans in 2020, have had to be adapted.
Earlier in the year, plans were being made for a physical celebration for tenants and staff, but this has been postponed until next year.
Instead, to mark the occasion, the Science Park’s shared stories from tenants, and a new, professional video from tenants Stone’s Throw Media was produced, which highlights the Science Park’s milestone events over the past 25 years.
The Science Park, which is a joint venture between the University of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton City Council, has kept to its original concept; to create a home for hi-tech businesses and an incubator to provide support to start-up companies and, over the decades, has evolved to meet the changing needs of businesses, by building on its strengths, broadening its offering and investing in the expansion and growth of the site.
Keeping pace with emerging technologies and meeting customers’ needs as they arise – has encouraged tenants to the Science Park, which is currently home to over 100 companies; the site now comprises of four distinct buildings, which include a business incubation centre.
Nigel Babb, Commercial Director of University of Wolverhampton Science Park, reflects on the past year. He told Prosper, “Any milestone anniversary is a big occasion, and we were looking forward to celebrating one here at the Science Park this year. As a local person I remember watching the Science Park being built; it’s been great to see it thrive over the years; I never expected to be so involved in later years!
“The Science Park is recognised as a vibrant and growing technology community in the region. This reputation has been carved from, not only the supportive and nurturing environment we strive to maintain, but also from our strong tenant community of whom we are so proud; their endurance and innovation during this challenging time to businesses has been exemplary.
“So, here’s to the next 25 years and counting”
The Science Park’s reputation has been strengthened with the addition of the award-winning Science Centre, providing much-needed facilities to the life sciences, aerospace, automotive, and construction and sectors in the region. The centre offers high quality offices, laboratories and workshops and aims to improve regional economic performance and attract inward investment to the region.
With confirmation from the government that Covid-19 testing capacity needs to increase, the life sciences industry has rallied in exceptional ways to make tests available, the Science Park has been able to work with various supply chains and provide facilities to support the national and international efforts to endeavour to overcome the effects and impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
When lockdown was announced, the Science Park management team developed a framework to ensure that all of the workspaces, social areas and operations were Covid-19 secure, implementing these measures early, allowed the tenant community, that were unable to work from home, to continue to operate; it’s reassuring to note that, despite so much uncertainty and bad news, some businesses are not only surviving, but thriving.