The worldwide reputation of the East as a centre for Life Sciences, Biotech and Advanced Manufacturing will be further enhanced this week, as three sites along the Cambridge-Norwich Tech Corridor welcome a delegation from the South African government.
Officials from the South African national Department of Trade & Industry will visit Norwich Research Park, Hethel Innovation and Cambridge Science Park as part of a two-week fact finding tour of industrial and business parks across Europe, which also takes in textile clusters in Milan and Florence and industrial sites in Madrid.
On Wednesday 1st November, delegates will be hosted by members of the New Anglia LEP and Norwich Research Park management teams. At Hethel Innovation, officials will visit the Innovation Centre and see a demonstration from renewable energy experts Connected Energy. The visits follow a tour of Cambridge Science Park which took place on Monday 30th October.
The purpose of the tour is to learn more about the European model of business parks and sector-specific industrial areas and how they can help stimulate economic growth. It follows Government research in South Africa which identified the Italy, Spain and the UK – and specifically the East – as examples of successful industry sector clusters which are leading the way in the commercialisation of academic research.
Chris Starkie, Chief Executive at New Anglia LEP, said: “This visit gives us the chance to showcase the world-leading clusters we have along the Cambridge-Norwich Tech Corridor and the way we and our partners promote and support them, and to forge new international relationships which could bring with them potential economic benefits in the future. This is a great opportunity for these three sites to show the work they do and the contribution they make to the East.”
Simon Coward, Managing Director of Hethel Innovation, said: “Our innovation hubs have been hugely successful and showcasing our comparative strengths is extremely important. We are looking forward to the opportunity to build relationships which could make us a stronger, globally linked region.”
Jeanette Walker, Director of Cambridge Science Park, said: “Established in 1970 by Trinity College, the Cambridge Science Park is the longest established science park in Europe. Our vision is to make the world a better place by providing the optimum eco-system for R&D intensive companies to succeed. We welcome the opportunity to share our experience with other parks around the world.”