University of Wolverhampton Science Park
University of Wolverhampton Science Park
The University of Wolverhampton Science Park (UoWSP) and the University of Wolverhampton Telford Innovation Campus (UWTIC) aim to provide a complete solution for businesses in the West Midlands by providing excellent quality accommodation complemented by a comprehensive range of support and development services ensuring that both established and new start companies have the perfect environment to grow and develop their businesses providing a sustainable future for all and maximum positive impact to the local economy.
Company History and Objectives
The University of Wolverhampton Science Park Limited is a joint venture between the University of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton City Council. UoWSP offers a unique package of property and business services providing a vibrant and sustainable environment in which innovative and knowledge based companies can grow.
Located on a prime site approximately a mile north of Wolverhampton city centre and a few minutes away from i54 Enterprise Zone, it has easy access to the UK motorway network, intercity rail services and several regional airports.
After 21 years of progression and expansion the site now comprises approximately 10,000 square metres of space for companies in all stages of development and growth. There are presently 3 distinct buildings on the site plus a business incubation centre that house:
The Technology Centre offering a range of accommodation for technology based businesses and the main conference / catering venue.
The Creative Industries Centre offering a range of accommodation space for creative and digital focused businesses and also houses
SPARK Business Incubation Centre, offering subsidised office accommodation and specialist start up support to new start businesses in the creative, digital and technology sectors.
A fully equipped Photo Studio featuring a range of photography equipmentincluding a hi-glide system and a selection of background colours, this facility has roller shutter access for vehicles or large products and has an adjacent changing and make up room.
The Development Centre featuring Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre, Visualisation Centre and Black Country Growth Hub, providing a single point of contact for all business support needs.
Catering outlets offering a range of hot and cold meals. Also included are the StarbucksTM and BewleysTM coffee brands, a range of sandwiches, FairtradeTM confectionary and snacks. Delivered catering packages are available for tenant meetings too.
Today, UoWSP is home to over 80 businesses working in a broad range of technological and creative disciplines including software development, environmental management, engineering design and consultancy, photography and videography, graphics, website design, water technology, environmental research, bespoke training and education, healthcare and business support services.
The site is under expansion with the addition of the Science, Technology and Prototyping centre, a unique combination of laboratory, workshop and office space, specializing in sectors supporting the local Smart Specialisation agenda. The new facility is a partnership between the University of Wolverhampton and Black
Country Local Enterprise Partnership, with part funding via the Black Country Growth Deal. The facility will open in Spring 2017.
Accommodation and onsite facilities
UoWSP offers tenant companies high-quality business accommodation, supported by a dedicated site team and comprehensive range of additional services specifically designed to meet the changing requirements of growing companies.
Accommodation services provided include:
• Fully serviced business accommodation
• Superfast Broadband
• VoIP Telephony
• Flexible licence agreements
• Conference and meeting room facilities
• Secure 24 hour access
• Free car park for both staff and visitors
• Catering facilities and Cafés serving Starbuckstm, BewleysTM and FairtradeTM range of products.
· Visualisation Centre
UoWSP is also home to a number of companies offering complementary professional services such as marketing, accountancy, copy writing, translation and legal services. This helps to create a diverse business community and encourages collaboration as well as providing easy access to essential business services.
Onsite Business Support Services
Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre (WBSC) provides an award winning, single point of contact for access to a wide portfolio of innovative business solutions. In 2014 the Black Country Growth Hub was created and is co-located with WBSC. Businesses can access a wealth of business support, advice and funding prospects from business advisors who work with companies to identify their potential opportunities, ranging from funding and finance to planning and exporting, all helping business growth. In addition there are a variety of business events held throughout the year, providing excellent networking opportunities and updating of relevant business knowledge.
The Caparo Innovation Centre (CIC) is also located at the Science Park within the WBSC. The CIC team are part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University, and are specialists in New Product Development. They work with companies to develop design concepts, carry out CAD modelling, market research and intellectual property strategy.
Access to these services is available through ERDF part-funded programmes, sometimes at no cost to the Science Park tenant through programmes such as the Innovative Product Support Service (IPSS). New for 2016 is a project called BiG – Business interfacing Graduates. This is a route for businesses to take on a graduate or student to work on a real company project, but the placement is supervised and managed by the CIC team, based within the CIC offices and has access to their high end design and analysis software.
Spark is the University of Wolverhampton’s business start hub offering a variety of modern work space options across several regional business centres in the Black Country and The Marches. From Spark’s vibrant central hub based at the UoWSP to the modern e-Innovation Centre at Telford we offer flexible, managed but relaxed work spaces so that you can focus on growing your business.
Spark supports a community of like-minded, focused science, creative and tech entrepreneurs, providing places where they can work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have fun. We run Spark Start Boot Camps and Spark Start Workshops throughout the year as well as seminars on useful topics such as marketing, cyber security, finance, employment law etc. whilst still providing excellent start up support and ongoing business growth opportunities supported by the regional Growth Hubs.
Looking forwards we have plans to commence a comprehensive Sparkpreneur Programme aiming to create a strong Spark brand associated with commercialisation and business creation from innovation and research. Spark’s mission is to retain creative and tech talent in the local area and to attract investment to the Black Country, Staffordshire and The Marches.
More about the facilities and services at SPARK BIC can be found on the website: www.sparkspace.co.uk
The e-Innovation Centre at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus located just off Junction 4 of
the M54 offers flexible business accommodation and support services to new start and growing technology businesses in Shropshire. The centre has 36 incubator units and a number of larger grow-on units, as well as a facility for businesses that may require a “drop in” service.
Further information can be viewed at: www.e-innovationcentre.co.uk
As e-Innovation Centre tenants grow and local businesses look to expand, their accommodation requirements can be met by the additional on-site capacity arising from the creation of the Business and Technology Centre in 2013.
For further information see www.businessandtechnologycentre.co.uk
The Visualisation Centre based at the Science Park offers companies the opportunity to access and engage with new technologies from video conferencing to 3D printing to drones. Complementary visualisation facilities are also available at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus.
To find out more about the exciting technologies on offer contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowledge Transfer Initiatives
The University of Wolverhampton has an excellent and award winning track record in the delivery of Knowledge Transfer initiatives and a strong commitment to improving the economic prosperity of the
region. To find out more about the following examples, contact the Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre
“Working in the University of Wolverhampton Science Park has given us, as a small company, a lot more gravitas as we work with top international universities and research scientists. It has given us access to excellent facilities and networking with the many other companies based on site.”
Roy O’Mahony – Gleangrow Ltd
“The buzz and energy around Wolverhampton Science Park makes it a great place for our staff to work. The whole ambience of the Science Park enhances our professional image and enables us to concentrate on our business.”
Paul Kalinauckas - BCRS
Centres located / linked at the University of
Wolverhampton Science Park (UoWSP):University of Wolverhampton Science ParkTechnology CentreTel: +44 (0) 1902 824000 Fax: +44 (0) 1902 824005Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.wolverhamptonsp.co.uk University of Wolverhampton Science ParkCreative Industries CentreTel: +44 (0) 1902 837400 Fax: +44 (0) 1902 837401Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.wolverhamptonsp.co.uk SPARK Business Incubation CentreTel: +44 (0) 1902 837400 Fax: +44 (0) 1902 837401Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.sparkspace.co.uk Wolverhampton Business Solutions CentreTel: +44 (0) 1902 321272Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.wolverhamptonbsc.com Black Country Growth HubTel: +44 (0) 1902 321272Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.bcgrowthhub.com The University of Wolverhampton Telford Innovation Campus:e-Innovation CentreTel: +44 (0) 1952 288200 Fax: +44 (0) 1952 288205Website: www.e-innovationcentre.co.uk Business and Technology CentreTel: +44 (0) 1952 287300Website: www.businessandtechnologycentre.co.uk Marches Growth HubTel: +44 (0) 1902 321769
Wolverhampton Science Park
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Science, Technology & Prototyping Centre - University of Wolverhampton Science Park
A new Science, Technology and Prototyping centre is planned to provide a unique combination of high quality office, laboratory and workshop areas to support science and technology based businesses. This £10M facility is planned to open early 2017.
The facility will provide infrastructure and a destination for science based businesses that is not currently available anywhere locally in the Black Country region. The facility will house circa 5 workshops, 11 laboratories (a combination of Category 1 and Category 2) and 35 offices, although final configuration is subject to change. Formal meeting rooms and informal meeting spaces will also be included. As work progresses this page will be updated.
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