Success Stories

Success Stories

There are many success stories that can be told about the companies, locations and services that are delivered on a daily basis by UKSPA members. For over thirty years the UK Science, Innovation and Incubation Sector has been able to demonstrate the growth of successful businesses – often from the smallest of start-ups - into national and international businesses.

UKSPA Case Study: Cluster growth at Loughborough Science and Enterprise Park

With ready access to the University’s research capability and graduate supply, distinct clusters have have emerged at LUSEP in energy, advanced engineering, low carbon technologies and sports technology. It now offers 700,000 sq. ft. of high quality accommodation for more than 55 organisations and 2,000 people

UKSPA Case Study: Strathclyde Technology & Innovation Centre

The University of Strathclyde’s new Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow is transforming the way academics, business,industry and the public sector work in partnership to address global challenges.

Malcolm Tait of KJ Tait explains more about the concept and BDP’s Architect Directors Christoph Ackermann and Scott Mackenzie describe the transformational results. 

UKSPA Case Study: Sussex Innovation - Twenty Years On...

A survey of business leaders in the South East has found that almost two-thirds (62%) believe that it has become easier for companies to innovate in the past 20 years. The research was conducted to celebrate two decades of the Sussex Innovation Centre, which opened its doors on the University of Sussex campus in June 1996 – making it one of the first business incubation hubs in the UK.

UKSPA Case Study: Science Parks - driving collaboration with academia

Companies operating from Sci-Tech Daresbury are forming valuable collaborations with universities at a higher rate than ever before. The news is evidence that the science and innovation campus is achieving its aim of accelerating growth for high-tech tenant businesses by driving collaboration. While in the North East, the innovative businesses based at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) have nearly 160 active collaborations with universities

UKSPA Case Study: A decade of success at Imperial College Incubator

Imperial College Incubator in South Kensington is 10 years old this summer and building on this success they will open a new Incubator at the White City campus this autumn. The Incubator is managed by Imperial Innovations and headed up by the Incubator Manager Graham Hewson

UKSPA Case Study: ISG creates the Catapult for Cell Therapy Commercialisation

High above the London skyline on the 12th floor of the 30-storey Tower Building of Guy's Hospital lies the Cell Therapy Catapult (CTC) Centre. Delivered by construction services company ISG, it contains state-of-the-art process and assay development laboratories designed to mimic manufacturing suites, enabling the development of cell therapies from the laboratory to commercial scale.

UKSPA Case Study: Measuring success and growth

Measuring the impact that UKSPA Members make to the local, national and international economy and their contribution to job creation is an issue of huge importance to the Science, innovation and Incubation Sector. Many members undertake annual surveys of their tenant companies to collect this information. These include SciTech Daresbury and York Science Park.

UKSPA Case Study: Award Winners

UKSPA has celebrated many of these success stories through its Awards Programme and these companies, environments, initiatives and individuals demonstrate both the strength as well as the importance of the Science, Innovation and Incubation Sector.

UKSPA Case Sudy: Celebrating success in Incubation

The UKSPA 30th Anniversary Awards celebrated the achievements across the whole of UKSPA’s membership and demonstrated the world class innovation within the UK and  how UKSPA members and their teams work together to create business success. One of the categories was the UKSPA 30th Anniversary award for the incubation or innovation centre with the best track record of developing start-up and high growth businesses. 

UKSPA Case Study: Transformational design for Manchester Science Partnerships

UKSPA member BDP is an award winning interdisciplinary practice and has been working with Manchester Science Partnerships at both the Alderley Park and Manchester Central campuses since their appointment to masterplan MSP’s Central Campus in the summer of 2013 following a competitive interview process. 



Nick Sturge is responsible for the direction and operation of Engine Shed and the Bristol SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre, where he manages the Centre’s strategy and delivery of incubation activity to 60+ ventures. Here he describes how Brunel inspired his team to add value to the incubator offering at an old railway station 


Dr Kenny Lang joined the team at Norwich research Park as Business Development Director in 2015. A former research scientist in microbiology, Kenny specialised in the commercialisation of life sciences, Kenny specialised in the commercialisation of life sciences. Now based at Centrum, Norwich Research Park’s central hub of activity, he explains his role and what attracted him to the park and why he is keen to encourage more businesses to this flourishing location in the East of England.

UKSPA Case Study: Growing Companies at Plymouth Science Park

Being the UK’s most South Westerly Science Park has not been a barrier to growth for Plymouth Science Park (PSP).  Between January and September 2015 PSP has experienced considerable uptake in tenanted space with 27 new businesses and 15 of its current tenants increasing their tenanted office or lab space. 

One such example is The Southern Health NHS Trust (responsible for health care in the South of England) uniting with Sponge UK, a Plymouth Science Park tenant, to bring new eLearning modules for the NHS.