SCI-TECH DARESBURY ANNOUNCES NINE GOLD PARTNERS
Sci-Tech Daresbury has announced the strategic partner organisations which will enhance business support services for high-tech SMEs based on the site.
DWF, Dow Schofield Watts, Giles Insurance, Grant Thornton, IBM, Inventya, Santander, Marks & Clerk and the University of Liverpool have been named as Sci-Tech Daresbury’s Gold Partners for the 12 month period from September 2013.
The Gold Partners are a select group of partner companies which offer high-level strategic support for Sci-Tech Daresbury companies in areas such as intellectual property, risk management, financial and tax management, corporate finance & funding, legal services, technology commercialisation, scientific research, banking and cloud solutions. The partners will provide the 100 SMEs based at the science and innovation site with access to specialist skills and advice through free surgery sessions.
John Downes, chief executive of Langtree and director of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture board, said: “High-growth SMEs operating at the cutting-edge of science and technology, like those based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, require the highest quality expertise, business advice and networks, particularly in areas such as strategic development, finance and taxation, IP management and attracting investment.
“Sci-Tech Daresbury’s Gold Partner scheme addresses those specialist needs directly and gives businesses access to the additional guidance they need at a critical poin
t in their growth. We are delighted to have the nine Gold Partners on board, a number of whom have been working with us on this programme for three years already. We’re confident that their varied areas of expertise will prove hugely valuable to the SMEs on site. “
The Gold Partner programme is one of several benefits open to science and technology businesses that start up or relocate to Sci-Tech Daresbury, along with access to a wide-range of opportunities and expertise, including access to markets and key customers, business collaborations, funding and investment, and key skills through the Sci-Tech Daresbury network. Sci-Tech Daresbury has also achieved 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.