Bring a Postgraduate Research (PGR) Student into your business – no cost

The University of Liverpool looks to support the business community, in a whole host of ways.

As part of this on-going commitment, they can offer companies the opportunity to take advantage of the expertise and skills, of a University of Liverpool PGR student.

As part of their ongoing personal development, PGR Students are expected to secure a 15 day placement, where they can utilise their  insight, specialist research, knowledge, personal attributes and prior experience, within the workplace environment.

Placements can be consecutive or spread out over a number of months so they are well suited to a defined piece of work.

Because this commitment forms part of fulfilling their research requirements, there is no cost to companies participating.

If you would like more information as to how your company could benefit from a PGR Student, then please make contact with Lola Brocklesby, Placements Project Officer, Liverpool Doctoral College, University of Liverpool Tel: 0151-795-7357.

Liverpool Doctoral College

 

EIC and Catapult Launch Action Plan to Unleash Innovation in the Energy Sector

Gas and electricity networks are adopting innovations from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into business as usual but there is still work to be done. This is one of the conclusions from the Energy Innovation Centre’s (EIC) and the Energy Systems Catapult’s latest research findings, launched today at Utility Week Live.

 Backed by the EIC’s network partners, the two organisations undertook a study earlier this year to understand the relationships between key players in the industry and how they work together with SMEs to advance innovation in the energy sector.

The #CollectiveFuture Insights paper shines the spotlight on relationships between the networks and SMEs from EIC’s global innovator community, and identifies blockers and barriers to innovation adoption.

Philip New, Chief Executive at the Energy Systems Catapult said: “Innovation is fundamental to energy system transformation. Leveraging the potential of innovative SMEs is vital if we’re to access the full capacity of UK talent and drive productivity improvements. This involves overcoming some serious challenges. We need focussed interventions based on a clear understanding of the landscape. Our aim is to help remove roadblocks and smooth the path for the strongest innovations to break through.”

Over 150 SMEs came forward to share their experiences of engaging with some of the UK’s gas and electricity distribution networks in the research, which was conducted by independent research company, Renuma. EIC’s network partners – UK Power Networks, Scottish & Southern Energy Networks, SP Energy Networks, Northern Powergrid, Northern Gas Networks, Wales & West Utilities and Cadent – were also asked to give their experiences of working with third party innovators as part of the study.

The survey showed that, overall, 80% of SMEs had engaged with at least one distribution network operator (DNO) or gas distribution network (GDN). And whilst the larger SMEs (more than 100 employers) are more likely to be engaged, SMEs of all sizes are collaborating successfully with networks across sectors. The research also highlighted that initial engagement is likely to lead to collaboration and network innovation funding is critical to SMEs engaging with this sector.

Other insights outlined in the study include ten areas for improvement that SMEs believe would impact relationships positively and help to accelerate adoption of innovation into business as usual, creating more opportunities for UK companies and strengthening the supply chain.

Denise Massey, Managing Director, Energy Innovation Centre, said: “Whilst networks are adopting SME innovations into business as usual, it is clear from the findings that there is still work to be done. The study is the first step in an action plan to create stronger relationships between third party SMEs with innovative ideas and technologies, and the energy networks that benefit from them.

“Our intention is that these insights will help us to reach a point where collaboration can thrive and barriers to adoption are removed so that we start to see a greater number of SME innovations breaking through at a much quicker pace.’

Paul Jordan, Head of Business Development at Energy Systems Catapult said: “The study has gathered invaluable insight and engagement, and we are now in a fantastic position to be able to move forward and build upon these foundations. We haven’t got all the answers yet but we can now start to address and further investigate these challenges. Ultimately, by understanding the needs of SMEs we can improve the innovation process and help them access the tools, partners and information needed to successfully commercialise innovation.”

To find out more about the study and view the 10 key areas that need addressing, download the report here.

 

2Bio confirmed as Liverpool Science Park’s 250th tenant since opening

The newest addition to Liverpool Science Park’s tenant community represents a significant landmark for LSP. 2Bio, a life science and biotechnology specialist, are the 250th different tenant to have taken occupancy at the Park since opening in 2006.

2Bio Ltd. has built an international business over the past 10 years, delivering effective support for commercialising early-stage technologies, with a strong emphasis on Life Sciences and Biotech. The company was formed from the management team of MerseyBIO, Liverpool’s highly successful bio-business incubator established in 2001. Its team of specialists has a proven track record of success working with start-ups, private and public companies, investors, science parks, incubators, hospitals, universities and economic development agencies in many countries around the world.
LSP Chief Executive Chris Musson said: ‘I have known Geoff and Rhys from 2Bio for many years and have watched with admiration as they have expanded their remit from running the MerseyBio incubator into many broader technological fields, growing their business and team at the same time. They are the kind of knowledge based company which the city should cherish. They are a perfect fit for LSP and it is very appropriate that they are our 250th tenant in our twelfth year.’
Rhys Roberts, Co-Founder and Director of 2Bio Ltd. said: ‘we’re looking forward to settling into our new home in LSP, which I think will be the perfect location for us to continue building our business. The team here has helped to make our move relatively painless – for which we’re all very grateful.’

 

Bringing Huntington’s disease out of the shadows for Huntington’s Disease Awareness Week

The University of Liverpool Engineering building on Brownlow Hill will turn pink and green on Wednesday 17th May to raise awareness of Huntington’s disease, a little known genetic brain disorder.

The University of Liverpool Engineering building is taking part in an international campaign called #LightItUp4HD, where buildings and landmarks across the globe will illuminate to shine a light on this rare condition, which impacts around 8,000 people and their families in the UK.

The campaign, coordinated by the Huntington’s Disease Association in England and Wales, is part of Huntington’s Disease Awareness Week which runs from 15 – 21 May.

Huntington’s disease, often shortened to HD, is a degenerative condition described as having motor neurone disease, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease all at the same time. It causes changes in the brain affecting movement, feelings, thinking, eating and speech.

Huntington’s affects generations of families. Anyone who has a parent with Huntington’s has a 50:50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes the disease; it doesn’t skip a generation, so if a child tests positive they will develop Huntington’s. It’s like tossing a coin.

As Huntington’s is so rare and little known, people with the disease and their families can often feel isolated and can struggle to access the support and services they need. There is also historic stigma associated with the disease. Huntington’s Disease Awareness Week aims to help bring the disease out of the shadows.

The University of Liverpool Engineering building joins iconic landmarks across the UK such as the Blackpool tower and the Emirates Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth, while internationally even Niagara Falls will be taking part!

The Huntington’s Disease Association is the only charity providing a dedicated support and advice service to over 14,000 people affected by Huntington’s disease across England and Wales.

Cath Stanley, Chief Executive of the Huntington’s Disease Association, said: “By bringing the disease out of the shadows and into the public conscious we have two aims: to reach out to people who for years have struggled in the shadow of Huntington’s by themselves, and secondly to raise awareness amongst the public of this incredibly cruel disease which can have a devastating impacting on people with Huntington’s and their families.

“Through taking part in #LightItUp4HD, The University of Liverpool Engineering building is helping to shine a light on the disease.”

For more information please contact:

Hannah Longworth, Community Fundraiser

events@hda.org.uk

0151 331 5445

 

LSP Announces Support for Innovators Hub

Liverpool Science Park is delighted to announce that it will support Innovators’ Hub for six months by offering office space at LSP.

Chief Executive Chris Musson said:

Innovators’ Hub is a community interest company and is actively engaged in solving the skills gaps for digital companies in the city as well as deepening the city’s talent pool for young people looking to work in this sector.  After the amazing success of its first Catalyst programme, it is now at a seminal juncture in its development, and over the next six months it will be deciding on how it evolves further.  Some of my tenant companies already support Innovators’ Hub financially or with their time and I have no doubt that future LSP tenants will benefit from the work that Robyn Dooley and her team are undertaking.  Whilst LSP cannot offer direct financial support, it will be offering Innovators’ Hub the use of an office for six months, whilst it refines its offer and secures additional funding streams.  In all my previous experience from major European programmes, I have never seen a project which has so engaged the companies and individuals it is looking to support and I am happy that LSP can play a small part in the initiative.

Innovators Hub Founder Robyn Dooley commented:

We’re thrilled, and often overwhelmed, by the support we’ve received from local companies who to feel passionate about addressing the skills gap in the creative and digital sector. We couldn’t be more excited to be moving into Liverpool Science Park and to have a home for us to stay in for the next 6 months. This will give us space and freedom to focus our attention on refining what we do and how we grow as an organisation. After seeing the talent that came through our Catalyst programme, we’re keen to provide more opportunities for the students that have been on our course to help nurture and develop their skills set so with the new office space we will be working towards creating an environment where our students can come in and use the office to work on personal projects and work collaboratively with the Innovators Hub network. A huge thanks to Chris Musson and his team for their ongoing support.

Graduates from Innovator Hub’s first catalyst program with founder Robyn Dooley and Angel Solution’s Andy Kent

The Collective Space – Our Newest Co-Working Centre

Liverpool Science Park is delighted to present its newest collaborative work-space

Liverpool Science Park has unveiled its newest collaborative working environment, the Collective Space. With occupancy at LSP at an all-time high, it is a reimagined use of the second floor of its original IC1 building. Bookended by key digital and creative tenants Elephant Digital and Red Ninja, it will provide 8 fully-furnished offices available to rent immediately.

With the opening of the Collective Space, Liverpool Science Park will further its commitment to supporting local SMEs and young start-ups. Each glass-fronted office will allow the tenant a private space to work whilst still being part of an active wider community. A thoughtfully designed and well-crafted communal space knits the space together and blends in perfectly with the views over the iconic Hope Street.

The reimagination of the space has allowed Liverpool Science Park to maintain its position as one of Liverpool’s key providers of Grade-A office space. High-specification air-conditioning units and ergonomic LED lighting are a standard in each suite.

Following the 2014 launch of IC2’s ‘Innovation Hub’, the LSP team is confident that the Collective Space will replicate the former’s success and provide another creative and collaborative environment. Already, LSP has agreed Heads of Terms on two of the eight offices. The unique design of the Collective Space will ensure that it carries its own identity and is instantly recognisable in Liverpool’s expanding work-place scene.

Chris Musson, Chief Executive of LSP, said: “Liverpool Science Park creates a perfect environment where knowledge based companies can grow, collaborate and flourish by benefiting from our extensive range of accommodation offers, whilst always staying as part of our community.  The Collective Space provides another stunning piece of that jigsaw.  We are very excited to launch it and we know it will be very popular.”

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Elephant Digital – Growth Through Marketing Seminar

On Wednesday 24th May, ic1 tenant Elephant Digital are hosting their ninth ‘Growth Through Marketing’ seminar at the University of Liverpool Management School.

Featuring two guest speakers and Elephant’s own MD Phil Birss, this free event is a great opportunity for our tenants to learn more about the different ways they can market their business and increase brand awareness. With talks from ‘Apprentice’ contestant Becs Jeffry and Moneypenny’s Head of Marketing Hannah Stringer, it promises to be an interesting and entertaining morning. Talks begin at 8.30 with complimentary refreshments provided beforehand.

You can register for this event here

 

Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce Drop-In Session

On Thursday 16th March, the Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce are holding a drop-in session in the IC1 Break Room.

The event is a great opportunity for our tenants to find out about the work which the Chamber of Commerce provides and to see how they can help your business to develop and grow. The Chamber helps its members create new business opportunities through membership, international trade support, and training. The event is open to both new and existing members and the team will be able to tell you about the benefits in being a member of the Chamber.

• Promote and celebrate your business and its contribution to our city region
• Help you grow your contact and customer base
• Represent your business interests to key stakeholders
• Actively support and enable the exporting of local business’ products, services and talent across the world
• Leverage the power of the Global Chamber Business Network
• Help your business overcome barriers to exporting
• Champion and represent our local business talent and potential on the world stage
• Access fully funded accredited training for Apprentices and existing staff
• Access to discounted non-accredited training courses

The Chamber is open to micro-businesses and start-ups, to more established SME’s, to multinational companies who call Liverpool home.

PDF – Meet the Chamber

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 the hygiene factors, empty the bins and clean the toilets, that is what a landlord does.   And yet, I also know that it is the services my team provides to our tenants, which help them succeed in any number of ways.  Indeed, it is only when speaking to tenants from other facilities, who respond so positively to what we do offer, that I realise the LSP offer is different, and at risk of being boastful, better.

I know that LSP has the most flexible offer in this or any other city.  This probably explains why 40% of our 65 tenants have expanded in situ over their tenancy.  Companies can move from our hot desk offer, through to starter pods, through to our innovation centre and then into separate offices.  Indeed, one of our companies has taken a whole floor and dispensed with the corridor.  Very few of our walls are sacrosanct.  Equally, our range of leases and licences are sufficiently flexible to accommodate all variations, whilst our range of free meeting rooms is only a click away.

In terms of IT, we have always striven to provide our tenants with leading edge flexibility, resilience and speed, at market leading prices.  Tenants rightly also expect us to de-risk their activities so that they are not stuck with a pipe dragged in from a telephony provider and three years of fixed costs whatever the future holds.  This is why I was delighted that our existing IT and telephony provider, Essensys, won our recent tender to continue to provide these services for the next three years.  Not for nothing have they been voted the best IT and telephony provider for the multi tenanted building sector more times than they care to remember. We now deliver the best and most flexible service, with prices for dedicated bandwidth and superfast, which I know cannot be beaten anywhere else.  Best in class and best price is a rare and winning combination.

Gratifyingly, the comment I am increasingly hearing is that it is the level of personal service tenants receive from my team which is what makes our offer really stand out.  More often than not, the person who dealt with their lease is the same person they speak to about any queries or issues they have once in situ.  Too often we hear of disembodied sales people being whistled in for that part of the deal and never being seen again.  Our finance team are also on site and always willing to discuss any issues.  Again, not a disembodied call centre where you are simply a reference number on an invoice.   Most of all, people value the continuity provided by our front and back of house teams and our regular security guards, who ensure that the building operates 24/7 and provide a professional and friendly service at all times.

Maybe this is the essence of LSP – take the Grade A office space for granted, but enjoy the quality of the staff and of your fellow tenants, to make this a place where you can grow your business.  And when we make a profit, as a not for profit company, it can, of course, only be used to improve the offer to our tenants, both current and future.

Healthcare project to help SMEs across the City Region

Liverpool City Region businesses could benefit from a £3.5 million project aimed at helping small and medium sized businesses develop innovative products and services for the health and care sector.

Businesses will be able to gain access to a raft of support from the project called Health Enterprise Hub – Innovation Exchange, which is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project, which will run for three years, builds on collaborations that have been established across business, university and NHS communities, bringing together key stakeholders in the life science sector.

As part of the Liverpool City Regions’ Local Growth Hub, SMEs will be able to access healthcare professionals, universities and other relevant businesses to help them throughout their innovation processes, connecting them to relevant expertise and assisting them in taking their innovation and services from concept to market.

Dr Andrew Rose Sector Manager, Life Sciences and Health for Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “Liverpool City Region is particularly strong in Health & Life Science and we are positioning ourselves as the best place in the UK for healthcare innovation. To ensure we capitalise on this we need to provide support, guidance, opportunity and time for businesses to develop in this growing sector.  The Innovation Exchange Programme will, through our Local Growth Hub, offer companies and entrepreneurs the sector-specific support they need.”

Events (including hackathons), meetings and focus groups will also take place to bring the needs of health and social care professionals and patients, carers and members of the public together with SMEs to develop solutions and scale-up existing solutions to healthcare.

NHS Liverpool CCG Senior Manager for Digital Care and Innovation Dave Horsfield, said: “It is fantastic to have both the city region NHS and universities partnering with industry. It means that our local health services and practitioners will be co-creating innovative products and services – which ultimately benefits both businesses and citizens.

“Opening doors for local businesses will bring huge benefits to our health and care sector which has a rich tradition of innovation.”

Businesses can access the Local Growth Hub at https://www.localgrowthhub.com/ or on Twitter @localgrowthhub and LinkedIn Local Growth Hub.