FameLab 2017 Competition

On Wednesday 8th February, FameLab 2017 will be taking place at LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship.

FameLab 2017 is a science communications competition which is hoping to find the next big star of the scientific world – think Brian Cox or Alice Roberts! If you are interested in applying and want to share your passion for science with others then entry details can be found here.

If you do not want to enter but would still like to attend the event, the booking link can be found here. There will be refreshments after the event and a chance for attendees to get together and discuss the contest and the wider burning topics in the scientific community.

Sensor City Announced as Internet of Things Partners

Our friends at Sensor City has been selected as one of six partners to help lead on the development of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled services and applications for UK SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Working in partnership with Stream Technologies, Sensor City will be implementing a low power Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) within the Liverpool City Region to enable businesses and entrepreneurs to develop and test Internet of Things (IoT) products and services in a live environment. They are now actively seeking companies interested to access the network and will shortly announce a series of events to provide further information on how you can engage with them.

IoTUK Boost is funded by Government as part of the IoTUK research and innovation programme, underlining the importance of IoT for the UK’s digital economy. As part of IoTUK Boost, Sensor City will be holding meet ups, open calls and training workshops to stimulate engagement with the test network for a minimum of six months. Their aim is to work with at least 10 SMEs or entrepreneurs, to help them to bring early stage IoT products and services to a commercial prototype stage, or early market release.

Boost will build on the launch in September of Digital Catapult’s Things Connected, which focused on equipping London with the necessary infrastructure to innovate with the IoT by providing 50 LoRaWAN base stations across the city to establish the UK’s largest IoT LoRaWAN network. Success in the Boost initiative allows Sensor City to work within the Liverpool City Region to allow companies to explore and take advantage of the benefits to be brought by moving into the digital age and adopting industry 4.0 approaches. The pilot will sit alongside the ERDF-funded LCR 4.0 project which launched on the 30 November and which provides funded support for companies looking to increase productivity and de-risk innovation.

As part of the Boost initiative, Sensor City will be able to provide SMEs and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to become quickly productive and innovative through the use of LoRaWANs. With longer range, decreased power requirements and lower cost than a mobile network, LoRaWANs enable a much wider range of IoT applications.

Dr Joanne Phoenix, Business Development for Sensor City, said: “We are delighted to be part of the IoTUK Boost pilot and to be able to offer our developing ecosystem of businesses and entrepreneurs the toolset to allow them to explore the benefits of IoT. I see this as an essential part of the Sensor City offering and it really does allow us to ‘do what it says on the tin! We are now looking for companies interested to access the network and become early adopters.”

Sensor City currently reside in our ic1 building whilst work is completed on their new facility, a short distance away on Brownlow Hill.

LSP Christmas Socials 2016

It’s our favourite time of the year here at LSP and we’re feeling a little bit festive! What better way to celebrate than our (nearly) annual Christmas Social! Our team would like to invite all of our lovely tenants to the two events we will be hosting to help us get into the Christmas swing!

Christmas Social 1) Christmas Coffee & Cake Morning

IC2’s festive foyer – Tuesday 13 December – 10 am – 11 am

Join the LSP team and your fellow festive tenants for a coffee, a cake and a catch-up with a sprinkling of Chris de Burgh and a tiny slice of East 17 to ease your way into the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Social 2) Chris-Muss Quiz & Questionable Knitwear Afternoon

IC1’s Studio – Thursday 15th December – 4 pm – 5.30 pm

What better way to truly get that festive-feeling than throwing on a badly-knitted jumper and answering questions about Slade and Die Hard? Our very own Chris Musson will be testing our tenants holiday knowledge with a seasonal quiz before judging who looks the most uncomfortable in their Christmas Jumper. Fantastic prizes are available to the lucky winners.

The quiz will begin at 4.15pm, with the jumper competition immediately after, and tenants are asked to compete in teams of no more than 4. As we have so many amazing smaller companies here, we are looking for our 1 and 2 person offices to join together and get involved.

And if you needed any further motivation for getting down to the social, our festive elves have provided cakes, mince pies, and a few festive tipples to really get the seasonal good times flowing!

The LSP team would like to wish all of our tenants a festive December, a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

LSP’s Poppy Appeal a Success

Thanks to the generosity of our tenants and hard-work of our team, LSP is delighted to announce that £59.97 was raised for the Royal Legion!

We are delighted with how well received both ic1 and ic2 collections were and would like to thank all who contributed to such a worthy cause. A special mention to our Reception team who put in a lot of effort into ensuring the appeal was a success is definitely merited.

Poppy Appeal

Huntington’s Disease Association Christmas Card Sale

On Friday 25th November, ic3 tenants Huntington Disease Association are holding a charity Christmas card sale to raise funds for their charity. The sale will take place in the ic1 Reception area and will last the full day. The cards will cost £3 for a pack of 10 or £5 for 2 packs and all of the proceeds will go to HDA.

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a rare genetic illness, described as a neuropsychiatric disorder. It affects people’s ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and think. It is progressive in nature, and every child born to an affected parent is at 50% risk of inheriting the gene that causes HD, if they inherit the gene, they will go on and develop the illness, so they grow up watching their parent deteriorate knowing that this may be them in the future. The illness causes people to have uncontrollable movements, cognitive and mental health problems. Eventually people lose the ability to speak, eat and become bed bound.

We hope that you will join us in supporting a charity which plays a central role in the LSP community.


Ryder Architecture have organised a Food Bank in ic1 Reception

ic3 tenants Ryder Architecture have organised a food collection point in the ic1 reception to aid the excellent work being carried out by Liverpool City Mission.

Operating from Monday 28 October until Friday 9 December, the food bank will be located under our main staircase opposite the ic1 reception. Ryder ask that any spare non-perishable food items are kindly donated to the collection, with the aim of helping as many people in need during the Festive Period.

The Liverpool City Mission, who work across Liverpool and Birkenhead, have an outreach café nearby on Mount Pleasant. Since 2003, they have tirelessly been serving breakfast to the homeless and vulnerable members of society 5 days a week. Your donations will help provide this emergency food to help support local people in crisis.

The foodbank is only accessible to LSP’s tenants, in order to preserve our strong security standards.
Through this foodbank, both Ryder and ourselves hope to be able to collect enough to significantly help a very worthwhile cause and we ask that as many of our tenants as possible join us to make a real difference in our local community.

For further questions, please feel free to email Danielle from Ryder who has very thoughtfully organised this foodbank dlavercombe@ryderarchitecture.com


LCR4.0 set to shape the future of manufacturing in Liverpool

A new business support programme, which is the first of its kind in the country, has launched in the Liverpool City Region to help manufacturers take advantage of the opportunities associated with the current revolution in digital technologies.

With funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), LCR4.0 will allow local businesses the access to practical support and connect with other SMEs to help them unleash the transformational potential of Industry 4.0.

The world-class business support and technical expertise of the LCR4.0 programme are being delivered in partnership by some of the region’s key knowledge and scientific assets (including some of LSP’s key allies) including: the University of Liverpool, LCR Local Enterprise Partnership, Liverpool John Moores University and Sensor City.

Aside from manufacturing, other sectors including digital, scientific, engineering and sensors are all set to benefit from the LCR4.0 programme. LCR Liverpool Enterprise Partnership’s Simon Reid said: “the wealth of knowledge we have access to through all of the partner organisations, as well as our connections with private businesses, means we have the opportunity to take a huge step forward in our goal for a technology-driven regional economy.”

LCR4.0 officially launches on 30 November at the ACC Liverpool and registration to the event can be found on the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/official-launch-of-lcr40-be-a-part-of-the-evolution-tickets-29106233528

Global Sensor Centre Strikes China Deal

Liverpool’s global hub for the development of sensor technologies has struck a deal which could potential see a sister centre open in China, paving the way for a new fund to invest in UK businesses operating in the field.

Sensor City, one of four Government-sponsored University Enterprise Zones and a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tianjin-based Zhengxin Group.

The deal, which is expected to be ratified in early 2017, would see a Chinese Sensor City established in Tianjin, a city in the North East of China close to the capital Beijing.

It would also see an investment fund established by the Zhengxin Group to support early stage companies based at Sensor City, and help to support Chinese student entrepreneurs studying in Liverpool to develop their idea for new sensor-related technologies and companies.

Mr Zhihua Feng, Executive Vice President Zhengxin Group, Liverpool Vice Mayor Gary Millar and Dr Joanne Phoenix, Business Development Sensor City

The sister Sensor City in China would also provide hands-on support to UK companies seeking to do business in China.

The deal is a consequence of contacts made between Sensor City and the Zhengxin Group during the International Festival for Business, which took place in the BT Conference Centre in June this year.

The global sensor market is currently worth some £400 billion and is growing at over 10% each year. Sensors play an important role in day-to-day life with increasing use in industry, safety and security; and in personal gadgets and devices.

Sensor City Liverpool aims to create 300 start-up business and 1,000 jobs over the next decade, as well as foster industry-academic collaborations. It will include a Technology Development Zone, an Open Innovation Lab and offer coaching, business mentoring and access to funding.

Sensor City currently reside in our ic1 building whilst work is completed on their new facility, a short distance away on Brownlow Hill.


Upcoming Sessions at UoL Management School

Over the next two Wednesdays, the University of Liverpool Management School will be hosting two quality sessions in their recently refurbished space.

The first session, a ‘Breakfast Briefing’ taking place on 16 November between 8.30 and 9.30 am, is an event exclusively for our tenants and external businesses involved in Growth Catalyst . Growth Catalyst, a UoL driven scheme, is a leadership development programme focusing on Liverpool’s smaller businesses. Professor Costmas Milas, an expert of Monetary Policies and debt policies in the Eurozone, will be the event’s keynote speaker, giving his talk, “Business challenges and access to finance after the BREXIT vote”. The ‘Breakfast Briefing’ will also offer our tenants the opportunity to interact with other companies in the networking session which will also take place. To secure your place at this free event, email ulms.events@liverpool.ac.uk.

The second event, a seminar entitled “Growth Through Marketing”, will begin at 8.15 am on 23 November and run until 10.30 am. Organised by ic1 tenant Elephant Digital, the three expert speakers (including Elephant’s own Phil Birss) will discuss how SME’s can help maximise their potential through their use of online marketing. Again, there will be a chance to meet like-minded people with breakfast included in the session. More information about this event, and a chance to book your place on it, can be found here.