Category: Chief Exec’s Blog

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…. Read more »

More than just a building

I always feel a slight charlatan when I look at the innovation and technology employed by my tenants and then consider how we can possibly compare ourselves to that.  After all, we are just a property business when all is said and done, aren’t we? At the basest level, as long as we sort out… Read more »

Shaping Strategies at Innovate UK 2016

The global spotlight on UK innovation was firmly on the North West last week as Innovate UK held its 2016 conference in Manchester. Having attended both days along with several thousand others, I can attest to the quality of speakers, the quality of this country’s research and the potential for us to drive the country’s… Read more »

Growth and Collaboration at LSP

There is always a temptation in some quarters to try and pigeon hole multi-tenanted facilities, especially science parks.  This is often based on highlighting certain target sectors or the stage of tenant companies’ development, and creating some spurious rules around the name.  It might make for easy classification and work for others, but it does… Read more »

Who said business rates were dull?

After seven years in the job and still a relative newcomer to the world of property, it is amazing how much interest and enthusiasm I can generate for the arcane world of business rates.  And yet, having seen empty business rates five years ago go from being Number 15 on my expenditure list to Number… Read more »

Chief Executive’s Spring Blog

Now that the sun is here and we have re-opened ic1’s additional piazza doors to mark the occasion, it seems like a perfect time to pause for breath and to reflect on a tremendous, if hectic, first few months of 2016 here at Liverpool Science Park (LSP). In terms of our facilities, we realigned all… Read more »

Ten Years and Counting

In January 2016, we will celebrate the tenth year of operation of our very first of three 40,000 sqft Innovation Centres.  As such, it is very timely to reflect on LSP’s evolution to date and to consider where we will be heading in the next ten years. When LSP’s memorandum was signed by its three… Read more »

Building a Community of Knowledge of Excellence

Chief Executive’s Blog: 6 November 2015 The rapid pace of development in the Knowledge Quarter went up another notch with Wednesday’s announcement of the £25m Liverpool Life Science Accelerator. This joint venture between the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the city’s School of Tropical Medicine is another initiative where key research expertise and the respective… Read more »

Liverpool – a city going places

Chief Executive’s Blog: 5 October 2015 A couple of weeks ago I was invited to join in the debate at North West Insider’s Doing Business in Liverpool event where I was in the company of fellow panelists from the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the Liverpool BID Company and some of the… Read more »