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Macmillan Coffee Morning

On September 29th, Liverpool Science Park will be hosting a coffee morning to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Friday 29th September, we are hosting a Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in the ic1 Bubble Room!

There are two ways you play your part;

1) You can bake or donate your own cake for us to sell!

2) Turn up, eat cake, donate!

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event to help people facing cancer. Last year they raised £29.5 million through their Coffee Morning initiative and are hoping to raise even more this year. The charity has been running Coffee Morning’s since 1990 and has raised a staggering £165.5 million already!

When: Friday 29th September, between 10am and 12pm.

Where: The Bubble Room of Innovation Centre 1

GoSecure Hosting Free Cyber Security Event

On 5th October, GoSecure and C3IA will be hosting a free Cyber Security event in the LSP Studio.

The free briefing event  will be delivered by subject matter experts with over 70 years accumulated experience and comes highly recommended by current LSP Tenants. The event will begin at 10am and finish at 12pm and can be found in the Studio of ic1.

The seminar will cover:

  • The Dark Web and the implications it can have for you and your business.
  • The threat from Social Engineering and Phishin
  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • The Future of Cyber Security

GoSecure are a joint venture between GoSecure (Canada) and C3IA Solutions, a UK based consultancy.

You can register for the event here.

Studio Space at LSP

 

As the pace of development around Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter goes up another gear, so does the need for a versatile, local facility to showcase the city region’s best and brightest minds. To cater for this growing demand, Liverpool Science Park (LSP) launched its own multi-purpose event space in the Autumn of last year. To date, it has already hosted over 80 events.. What does this mean?

By only renting to its existing tenant base and to like-minded external companies, LSP has used the Studio to reaffirm its role as one of the city region’s key knowledge-based facilities. Rather than leasing the  space to a company to solely to boost its bottom line, LSP understands the far greater value in offering an affordable venue, to deepen the growing sense of community and knowledge-sharing here in the Knowledge Quarter.

When the studio reaches its first annual milestone in mid-November, it will have played host to well over 100 events, supporting along the way; key departments from both the UoL and LJMU, strategic allies in Liverpool’s knowledge economy (not least the Knowledge Quarter company itself), community interest groups, and dozens of LSP’s own tenant companies.

The message is clear at LSP: if your story is worth telling then Liverpool Science Park is the place to tell it.

For any enquiries about booking the Studio at LSP, for a tour of the facility, or to see how LSP could help you in hosting an event, please email enquiries@liverpoolsciencepark.co.uk

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Free Legal Sessions at LSP – Survey

In conjunction with tenants Bartle Read and legal firm DLA Piper, LSP are looking to host free legal sessions at the Park.

To best structure this program, Bartle Read and DLA Piper are asking our tenants to advise on the areas they believe they would most benefit from. If, as anticipated, these free sessions prove popular, they will be rolled out to other companies across the Knowledge Quarter in due course.

We are delighted to support this initiative, especially given the involvement of Bartle Read, and look forward to seeing a positive reaction from our tenant base to this.

Innovation Districts

Policy fads and new initiatives are always seductive, especially in the field of regional development.  The favoured policy is currently the development of Innovation Districts, with their focus on physically compact urban areas, where leading edge institutions and companies connect with start ups, business incubators and accelerators.  Walkable neighbourhoods where housing, jobs and amenities mingle.

There is always a temptation for cities to try and reflect this new wrapper in their strategies, but it is often quickly apparent after a little scratching beneath the surface that the reality is less than skin deep.  However, this policy could have been written for Liverpool and its Knowledge Quarter.  Unsurprisingly, it is part of the blueprint, which Colin Sinclair is already successfully driving as Liverpool Knowledge Quarter chief executive, and which is already gaining recognition well beyond the city’s boundaries.  Having been dealt such a stellar hand, how each of us in the city develops and enhances the remarkable raw material, which we already have, is the prize.  As with most things in life, timing is always key.  And that time is now.

Liverpool Science Park (LSP) has a key role to play as both a deliverer of flexible accommodation and as the facilitator of these interactions and of collaboration.  LSP’s creators were clearly ahead of their time when they eschewed the prevailing trend fifteen years ago for putting innovation space on green field sites outside the city boundaries or in a suburb. Instead, they chose to place LSP at the nexus of the city’s two major universities on the edge of the city centre. The recent exciting flurry of additional facilities in the Knowledge Quarter, which operate on the interface between knowledge and business, are complementary and deepen the mix.  Key facilities such as the BioInnovation Hub, the Accelerator, the Materials Innovation Factory and Sensor City have all opened within the last 18 months, and as they start to fill, opportunities will start to present themselves for the respective tenants to benefit from streamlined advice, shared events and opportunities to mix together.  That they are all within 400 yards of LSP only serves to enrich the Innovation District mix.

LSP is physically and conceptually at the centre of this web.  As the longest established and most recognised element of this commercial knowledge economy, it is not resting on its laurels.  Having recently had its estate professionally valued and with it shortly to post its second annual profit, it is now looking to establish how it can realise the value in its assets, both to refine its physical offer and to deepen further the services it offers to its tenants.  This might take the form of additional borrowings or of seeking external investment.  As a not for profit company, it can only ever do things for the benefit of its tenants.  What is clear is that as the tectonic plates in the KQ shift and developments rapidly evolve around Paddington Village and on the now-cleared Copperas Hill site, the pace and level of opportunities will increase rapidly.  LSP will look both to drive and to benefit from these opportunities.

 

Growth Through Marketing Seminar (TED Special) at LSP

Join Elephant Digital for a FREE marketing seminar which focuses on ideas that drive business growth.

On October 4th, digital marketing agency Elephant Digital will be hosting a session of inspiring and thought provoking talks here at Liverpool Science Park. They have four fantastic speakers lined up sharing their knowledge on how to grow your business through the power of marketing.

This session is a TED special and they have the fantastic Herb Kim (who some of you may remember from a recent ‘In The Know’ event here at LSP) talking about storytelling for business and all things TED.

To register for this FREE event, please click here

Weekly Yoga Classes at LSP

Every Wednesday lunch time at 12.30, Liverpool Science Park will be hosting hour long Yoga sessions in ic1. Ran by SO Health, a health and well-being specialist based in South Liverpool, these sessions are open to tenants of all ability levels and are designed to both introduce you to Yoga and to offer you a relaxing environment away from the office. Sessions cost £5 each, payable in cash, and can be reserved by contacting the reception team.

Goodbye Abbie!

Our very own Abbie Goodwin leaves the Science Park team today so we caught up with her before she goes to find out a little bit about her exciting plans for the future and her time here at LSP.

“I’m leaving to go travelling. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I finally took the plunge and booked my flights. I’m really sad to leave but also super excited to start this new adventure.

The plans are still pretty fluid but we’re travelling South East Asia – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Bali, just basically anywhere where there’s a beach. Then after we’re back from there I’ll see where else takes my fancy, I’ve always wanted to go to South America so hopefully that will happen at some point.

There’s quite a few things I’ve really enjoyed about working at LSP. I’ve enjoyed all the new skills I’ve learnt working here – from learning about how a busy Science Park works and doing maintenance checks, to setting up a company’s IT services to fit specifically to their needs. I’ve also loved getting to know all of the tenants from the different companies that work here – it’s such a social job and you meet so many people! Most of all though I’ve loved being part of the LSP team, we all work so well together and everyone is always on hand to help out and make sure the work gets done! Also it’s such a lovely atmosphere and so much fun, I’ll really miss them!”

I’m sure that you’ll join us in thanking Abbie for her time here at LSP. She has been an integral part of our team since her arrival in 2016 and will be thoroughly-missed by all of us here at Liverpool Science Park (and no doubt all of our tenants!) We wish Abbie the best of luck in the future and look forward to hearing all about her incredible adventure when she’s back in Liverpool!

Impact of Videregen’s technology recognised as it joins UK’s Social Stock Exchange

New source of capital for company as pipeline develops

IC3 tenants Videregen Limited, a clinical stage regenerative medicine company developing personalised organ replacements, is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the UK Social Stock Exchange (SSX), a platform which links up businesses and investors focused on impact investing. The SSX provides a significant new source of capital for Videregen as it develops and expands its replacement organ portfolio for orphan diseases. Membership of the SSX also underlines the potential social impact of Videregen’s products, in terms of improved quality of life for patients with severe diseases and reduced costs to healthcare systems.

The Social Stock Exchange brings together businesses and investors seeking to achieve a positive social and environmental impact through their activities. Using the Impact Reports generated by member companies, investors can seek out investments that reflect their goals, often in their local area. The SSX also hosts a range of events to connect investors and companies. Longer term, membership of the exchange offers the potential for Videregen’s shares to be listed on a trading exchange.

Videregen’s lead product is a tissue engineered replacement trachea, for which UK MHRA and ethics approvals are in place for a formal Phase I trial. In addition to poor quality of life and significant societal costs, severe tracheal disease is associated with EU/US healthcare costs of over £1.6bn per annum. Follow-up projects include organ replacements for the larynx, airways mucosa, small bowel and liver.

Steve Bloor, CEO of Videregen, said, ‘We are pleased to be joining the Social Stock Exchange, membership of which underlines the potential impact for both patients and healthcare systems of our portfolio of replacement organs for orphan diseases. It also gives Videregen access to an important new source of finance to enable us make our products commercially available as soon as possible.’