Blue-chip firms sign up to offer expert support to Sci-Tech Daresbury businesses

Liverpool city region science campus is home to more than 130 companies, employing over 700 people, and they include some of the most cutting-edge tech businesses in the UK

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Seven Gold Partners will offer expert advice to Sci-Tech Daresbury firms

 

Seven blue-chip companies and organisations have agreed to provide expert support to businesses based at Sci-Tech Daresbury.

The Liverpool city region science campus is home to more than 130 companies, employing over 700 people, and they include some of the most cutting-edge tech businesses in the UK.

Now the campus has unveiled its seven Gold Partners for the next 12 months who will provide business and technical support to the growing number of SMEs. They are Grant Thornton, IBM, Marks & Clerk, Michael Page, RTC North, Slater Heelis and the University of Liverpool.

High-level

They will offer high-level strategic support for Sci-Tech Daresbury businesses in areas such as intellectual property, financial and tax management, corporate finance & funding, legal services, recruitment and retention services, scientific research, technology commercialisation and cloud solutions.

Six of the seven Gold Partners have been long-term gold partners, including leading business adviser Grant Thornton with expertise in finance and taxation, and international patent and trade mark attorneys Marks & Clerk.

Sci-Tech Daresbury has also appointed one new Gold Partner, Michael Page, to provide talent attraction and retention advice to tenants based on site. Michael Page is a leading global recruitment agency headquartered in the UK and works with a range of businesses from startups to SMEs and global blue-chip organisations.

Specialist skills

The Gold Partners will provide access to specialist skills and knowledge through a series of events, roundtable seminars and one-to-one sessions.

John Downes, group chief executive of Langtree and chairman of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture company, said: “Each year, the Gold Partners provide an invaluable pool of expert skills and knowledge for our companies to tap into to support the growth of these dynamic businesses.

“Many of this year’s Gold Partners are long-term supporters of the programme and we’re delighted to welcome recruitment expert Michael Page on board for the first time this year.” 

Sci-Tech Daresbury is a private-public joint venture partnership between developer Langtree, the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Halton Borough Council.

The science campus also has Enterprise Zone status, which allows business rates to be reinvested in the site to provide important new support infrastructure and specialist office, laboratory and technical space.

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