A dozen new businesses have moved into dedicated offices on the main Stoke-on-Trent campus of Staffordshire University.
Twelve innovation-driven companies looking for a springboard to grow and succeed have taken place in the university’s new business incubator inside the Mellor building.
The facility was developed as part of the Innovation Enterprise Zone (IEZ) which is one of the 20 university enterprise zones in the country.
The £ 6million investment in the facilities has also funded innovation labs equipped with the latest advanced materials and manufacturing technologies for use by companies wishing to design, prototype and test new products.
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And the latest addition was a new £ 720,000 Creative Lab, a digital creative workspace designed to stimulate collaboration and spark new ideas for products and start-ups.
Martin Jones, Vice-Chancellor and Managing Director-designate of the University of Staffordshire, said: “Much of the development of the Innovation Business Zone has occurred during the pandemic, but we are now at a point where we can actively begin to promote business, education and innovation. “
A range of new and established small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have recently taken office and office space at the university – and many of the new business clients are eligible for a range of funded projects that provide access to student talent, support academic and advanced technology.
The new tenants are:
- Drone delivery company IDU Group;
- Thrive and Shine Wellness Technology Company;
- Manufacturing consulting firm YottaOps Limited;
- public relations and communications consultant Baba Baboon;
- Mapping Mill 3D animation / video display projection specialist;
- Web development and IT solutions company Cyber Kiln;
- CL Solutions automation and control systems specialist;
- Rush Keep Solutions, specialist in business systems consulting and support;
- Application Development and Digital Business Design Analytics;
- Rocket and satellite start-up Future Aerospace Engineering;
- Experts in advanced materials Quantum Science, and
- Hayle Communications, specialist in molding machines.
Sonya Farrell, Creative Director at Baba Baboon and a graduate of the University of Staffordshire, said: “This is absolutely fantastic, there are so many facilities that I have access to and so many opportunities that I can see. for the future.
“Not only do I want to build a relationship by having students on internship, but I would like to hopefully employ more people over the next few years. “
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Another University of Staffordshire graduate, Chris Daniels, who started web development company Cyber Kiln two years ago, added: “A lot of things I want to do with my business, the University of Staffordshire has the specialist kit to support it.
“I’m hoping to bring the students and get them to work and use their creative minds to come up with something that’s really great that can help put Stoke-on-Trent back on the map.”
Steve Hargreaves, Manager of Employer Partnership Development at the University of Staffordshire, said: “We are building a fantastic business community here in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.
“We still have several private offices available for rent at competitive rates. Due to high demand, we are expanding our hot desking offering which provides a low cost office base, ideal for start-ups or new businesses. who do not need their own private office but would like a workspace, facilities, equipment and a great network. “