Angel Solutions need your help!

Angel Solutions recently gained some exciting additions to their offices based on the Park. Not new employees – three new circus animals and now they need your help in naming these lovablAngel Solutions competitione animals!

They are running a competition to raise money for a literacy charity, The Reader Organisation http://www.thereader.org.uk/ who are passionate about bringing people and literature together through weekly group reading sessions.

For details of how to take part visit: www.angelsolutions.co.uk/news/2015/angel/charity-competition-name-our-animals-4523/

SPARK Impact Reaches Deal Milestone

Biomedical investor SPARK Impact has made its 101st transaction into healthcare companies across the North West.

Since the start of December, SPARK Impact, manager of The North West Fund for Biomedical, has invested a further £1.4m in follow on funding to its existing portfolio companies. It has also invested more than £300,000 into pioneering and high growth new companies developing innovative services and technologies.

The North West Fund for Biomedical is a sub-fund of The North West Fund, a substantial pot of money jointly financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank and available to invest in small and medium sized businesses in the North West of England to support their start-up, development and growth.

With offices at Liverpool Science Park and BioHub at Alderley Park, the team at SPARK Impact has now invested more than £24.5m of its £30m allocation.

Cancer therapeutic company Incanthera, based both at the Liverpool Science Park and in Manchester, has raised a further £1.3m jointly from SPARK Impact and Advent International and has also completed several acquisitions to grow its pipeline of exciting opportunities. The technology, which acts as a ‘smart bomb’ treatment to target solid tumour cells directly with virtually no side effects to the rest of the body, has now received a patent certificate in both Japan and the US.

A first time investment of £100,000 has been made into Nano Biosols, an early stage venture developing gold nano particles for use in life science research, diagnostics or nanomedicine. Nimbus Medical, the developer of independent living platform for the elderly and vulnerable has received a new investment of £200,000.

Dr Andy Round, investment director at SPARK Impact, said:

“Our pipeline of investments in the life sciences sector has been extremely healthy since the fund began four years ago – so much so that we were given an extra £5m from The North West Fund to top up the fund to £30m.

 

“We have catalysed the biomedical sector in the North West and unearthed some truly promising innovations which we feel will give a good return to the fund as well as changing the lives of patients. The quality and potential of the businesses we have worked with has been very encouraging but we now need to consider where the next tranche and funds will come from. Some of these excellent companies need further capital to continue to develop and thrive which means attracting further monies.”

Liverpool Science Park looks ahead to an exciting tenth year

A science park represents a dynamic community – attracting businesses from all kinds of sectors from medical technology with potential to disrupt the healthcare sector to the latest creative and digital innovations to take the world by storm.

But there is one important thing that connects a science park community and that is the collaboration of like-minded, bright people.

As Liverpool Science Park enters its tenth year, chief executive Chris Musson shares ten reasons why 2015 is already shaping up to be a great year for Liverpool Science Park and its tenants:

1. Our rich and diverse mixture of tenants – we now have 54 companies based across Innovation Centres 1 and 2 spanning far ranging sectors – healthcare, life sciences, IT, digital and creative, professional services…any knowledge intensive business is welcome.

2. Global R&D is happening right here – it’s fantastic to see world leading medical research  happening only a few doors down from cutting edge research being carried out by global manufacturer Unilever.

3. The opening of the £8m extension to Innovation Centre 1 (ic1) last spring was a great success with pre-lets secured before the building even opened its doors. We have seen overall occupancy levels at the park reach new highs at around 80 per cent overall.

4. Continuing collaboration – it is hugely inspiring to see SMEs and huge global companies working harmoniously in an environment of shared collaboration. Our new Innovation Hub offers the perfect space for collaboration with a number of small office pods set in attractive break out space – we throw in the fantastic views over the Metropolitan Cathedral for free!

5. Growth plans – in our tenth year we hope to attract even more technology rich companies to the park and we will even be planning for future expansion in the area so watch this space.

6.Strengthening our links with our two university owners Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool. More and more of our companies are seeing the benefits of working alongside academics and jointly accessing R&D grants.

7. The Mount Pleasant area is buzzing with activity with so much happening no more than a ten minute walk away from the science park buildings. Our two university owners have big plans such as the UoL’s Materials Innovation Factory and Bio Innovation Hub. Meanwhile, LJMU’s plans for the Copperas Hill site immediately behind Lime Street are coming to fruition, including starting work on the joint university project Sensor City. The New Royal Liverpool Hospital is quickly taking shape and will be ready for summer 2017. It is also moving ahead with plans for a health campus on the existing site and for a Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator as the first phase of this. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine also recently expanded over the road from its current buildings.

8. It’s not all work though – Just behind ic1, the Everyman has won a host of awards with its newly reopened theatre, whilst the Liverpool Philharmonic just 100m further down Hope Street has just undergone a £13.8m facelift.

9. Turnover at Liverpool Science Park has increased significantly as you can read from our Companies House report here. What’s even more positive is that we’ve had a further eight months of successful trading since this report has taken place.

10. The science park environment offers the perfect ecosystem at the heart of the city centre for knowledge intensive companies to thrive. We run a series of breakfast events for these businesses to hear from a variety of speakers and network with fellow companies and contacts.

If you haven’t booked your spot already, our first Knowledge Economy Business Breakfast will be held on February 10th featuring city ‘superwoman’ Nicola Horlick. You can register here

Knowledge Economy Business Breakfast with Nicola Horlicks

City ‘Superwoman’ set to guide guests through the emerging crowdfunding arena. 

Liverpool Science Park is offering an opportunity to hear a lively talk from Britain’Money&Cos new face of crowdfunding, Nicola Horlick, founder of Money&Co, the person-to-business lending platform.

Register now for your chance to hear from Wirral-born CEO Nicola who will give an expert insight into the alternative finance industry and explain how her latest venture  aims to providWith access to bank lending restricted for SMEs, the UK crowdfunding arena is on the rise.e a solution for the £4.3bn funding gap hindering SME growth in the UK.

The event will guide guests through the current crowdfunding arena and will appeal particularly to businesses which have been trading for more than three years and are interested in seeking secured debt finance.

City investor and businesswoman Nicola has over 30 years experience as a leading fund manager in the city of London, during which time she set up and managed several investment businesses. She was dubbed  ‘Superwoman’ for balancing a high-flying job with being married and having six children.

The event is one of Liverpool Science Park’s regular ‘Knowledge Economy Business Breakfast’ series featuring talks from high-profile business minds across a range of topics.

Register your interest by emailing claire.gallimore@liverpoolsciencepark.co.uk

In order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that delegates register their interest to attend at the earliest opportunity.

Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Double Success for SPARK Impact at the Bionow Awards

Two companies from The North West Fund for Biomedical portfolio, managed by SPARK Impact, were among the winners of this year’s prestigious Bionow Annual Awards.Bionow Healthcare Project of the Year Award

Credent Medical and Perfectus Biomedical were named winners during the ceremony which is one of the major events for the UK biomedical sector showcasing the very best in this world class industry.

Credent Medical, based at Liverpool Science Park won the ‘Bionow Healthcare Project of the Year’ award for Changing Lives, a unique non–invasive blood glucose monitor.

Perfectus Biomed, based at Sci-Tech Daresbury was named as the winner of the Bionow Start Up of the Year’ award. The companyspecialises in the testing of biofilm encased bacteria in which infections have been linked to chronic non-healing wounds, failed medical implants and catheter infections.

Set up in 2013 having identified a gap in the market for laboratory testing that assessed antimicrobial testing, Perfectus Biomed offers customised microbiology testing to a number of sectors including wound care, medical devices, surface antimicrobials, contact lenses, dentistry and water treatment. The company has also been shortlisted for the The Business Growth Hub Start-Up Award in the Medilink Awards 2014.

Managed by SPARK Impact, The North West Fund for Biomedical is a sub-fund of The North West Fund, a substantial pot of money jointly financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank and available to invest in small and medium sized businesses in the North West of England to support their start-up, development and growth.

Other SPARK Impact companies named among the shortlist included: Newtec Vascular Products, Prokyma, LumbaCurve, Compliance Control, Albert Medical Devices and Videregen.  Albert Medical Devices has also been nominated for the HGF Innovation Award in the Medilink Awards 2014 – for the development of an innovative technology, design or process.

Dr Samantha Westgate, business and scientific director of Perfectus Biomed, said:

“We are really happy to have received the Bionow start up award. The Perfectus team have been working extremely hard to establish the company and to ensure we have systems in place to offer a quality service. This award recognises the hard work the team puts in every day.

“Over the last 12 months we have worked hard to increase our client base significantly in terms of the number of companies we support, the size and geography of those companies and the sectors that we are able to support, which has led to a 35 per cent increase in annual turnover.”

Dr Andy Round, investment director at SPARK Impact, said: “We are very happy Perfectus Biomed and Credent Medical have been named winners in this year’s Bionow 2014 Awards.

“This is a prestigious event showcasing the very best companies in the region and we are proud to have invested in these technologies that have great potential in the biomedical sector. They represent the quality companies we have invested within the region and we look forward to seeing continued success.”

Christmas 2014 Celebrations at LSP

We are pleased to announce that we have organised, not one, but two Christmas Socials to take place, to spread the Christmas spirit with some festive drinks, snacks and games amongst all our tenants!

The dates for your diaries are:

Monday 15th December – Christmas Coffee and Treats Morning from 10 am in the Innovation Hub, ic2

We will be serving Christmas coffees along with some mince pies and croissants against the stunning top floor views of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Take a break from work and come and join the LSP team for some festive fare in our extra special mid-morning coffee break! We’d love to see you there in the newest LSP facility.

Wednesday 17th December – Christmas Quiz with Prizes to be Won from 3.30 pm in the Break Room, ic1

Come along and take part in our LSP Tenant Christmas Quiz! We will be serving bubbles and beer and plenty of savoury snacks while the fun and games take place! There will of course be soft drinks available for those who are driving or have some last minute shopping to do (or start!).

Want to attend both? Be our guest, the more the merrier!

The LSP team are looking forward to celebrating the Christmas period with our tenants.

 

Meet the tenant – Angel Solutions

Introducing Liverpool Science Park’s tenant Andy Kent, chief executive of web application specialists Angel Solutions.

Last year, Andy designed and converted Angel Solutions’ office in Innovation Centre 1 into a circus to surprise his employees. He wanted an office that reflected the personality and innovation that takes place within the company.  In our new feature, Liverpool Science Park caught up with Andy for a short interview:

1: Tell us about Angel Solutions?

Andy Kent: At Angel Solutions, we are a team of 20 which develop software for the educational sector.  We work with local authorities, schools and children’s centres predominantly in England.  We provide them with key tools to analyse data especially dealing with school improvement but in new and innovative ways, for example by using infographics and dash boards with real-time data.  We work with every local authority in the UK and we are starting to work with specialist organisations such as the LGA (Local Government Association).  The work we do for them is all about saving time and dealing with the fact since the recession, budget cuts have meant there are less people having to do more work, so for the last three years we have focused on helping people do more with less.

2: It is quite a serious sector you are in, what made you turn your office into a circus?

I set the organisation up 14 years ago and I think every organisation slightly reflects the owner’s character. I have always had a fun and adventurous side to my character so what I wanted was a fun environment because I think a lot of offices can be quite stale and corporate with white walls and cubicles and corporate desks. I visualised a creative space to work in on the back of our monthly innovation days. 

On these days, everyone at Angel stops what they are doing and can work on whatever they want, they can pair up or work on their own. Previously some employees have built signs, they have come up with innovative programmes such as ‘Watchsted’ which is a free public facing site that looks at which schools Ofsted are inspecting, which has had great feedback with thousands of followers since we launched. For this, we needed a fun and inspirational space, so I strove to make a better break out area for the staff to be creative. The circus represents somewhere where you are wowed, thrilled, in awe … but where people train and work hard. I wanted to do something that reflected a fun place to be.  Everyone who walks through our doors are always wowed and not only want to come and visit us again, but tell their colleagues too!

Ring Master and Performers

3: So what does your circus office include?

The office includes a real size gypsy caravan that doubles as a meeting room or chill out space,  a couple of grassy areas, a little top break out area where staff can meet for lunch but doubles up as a meeting room with AV included.  We have our own mini grand stand with ball pool and black board that seats 42 that’s used for presentations. We have big top style entrance curtains that divide the room and give the circus feel and we have added a popcorn machine, fairground mirrors, circus games and drinks bar

angel-solutions-circus-montage

4: What do your clients think of your new office?

We have had great feedback from all our visitors.  When we visit clients we take the popcorn machine and various circus items with us but more and more we are finding clients wanting to come to us once they find out we have a circus theme.  When they first see the office they either think we are crazy or they absolutely love it but they certainly don’t forget us after they have left.

Curtain down on opening night

5: Do many of your client come here and use the space?

Since we have had the office redone, clients who maybe would have done training online or we would have visited their offices now want to travel to us.  We have had people travel from as far as Bexley to use the office as a meeting base because they want to come and be a part of the circus.

6: Do you think the fun environment has an impact on employees?

They love it, from the fact they tweet about it to bringing their families in to see it.  For me, it isn’t just about having a fun office … we have to have the culture that matches this.  We like to have fun as a team like our recent visit to Sefton Park for a games afternoon. Every quarter we do a social, recently we have had lunch at the Panoramic and we have been to see Cirque du Soleil.  We try to keep the fun element going not just with the layout of the office but with the fun things we do as a team.  Most of my best assets leave the office at 5:30pm every day – my job is to make sure they come back in the morning. 

Angel Solutions Team in their Grand Stand