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Talent and Innovation

Reading named number 2 in top 5 UK towns for Start Ups

Funding, networking and mentoring are keys steps to success and growth for any new business according to Metro Bank, as the UK reports a 12% increase in new businesses in 2020 and Reading is named as one of the UK’s the top five towns for...

Rosalind Franklin Institute Building Officially Opens

The Rosalind Franklin Institute, a new research institute based at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus has officially opened. The building was opened by Professor Lynn Gladden, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which funds the Franklin, and delegates from industry...

Thames Valley a key part of HMG’s National Space Strategy

Space presents significant opportunities; the global space economy is projected to grow from an estimated £270 billion in 2019 to £490 billion by 2030. Constellations of satellites are being launched to deliver worldwide services. New state and commercial space stations are being planned and built....

The University of Buckingham launches AI and Innovation Hub

The University of Buckingham School of Computing’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Hub has been officially opened by Lord Clement Jones. The launch celebrates Phase 1 of the £3.2m investment in Computing at Buckingham – a joint university and Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (BLEP) venture. The BLEP...

UK consortium, including University of Oxford, to advance solid-state battery tech

Seven UK organisations, including the world renowned, University of Oxford, have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop protype solid-state battery technology targeted for automotive applications. The consortium comprises a number of organisations that focus on battery research, development and manufacturing in the UK: Faraday Institution, Britishvolt, Emerson...

Life Sciences boom continues at Harwell Campus as Vaccitech joins

As pandemic life sciences boom sees unprecedented demand for flexible space, Vaccitech plc (NASDAQ: VACC), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, responsible for the technology behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, has taken 31,000 sq. ft within the Zeus development at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, as active enquiries...

New National Rocket Test Facility unveiled for Westcott

A new national rocket test facility has been opened in Buckinghamshire. Based at the Westcott Space Cluster and within the Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, the new centre will allow UK companies and academics to test state-of-the-art propulsion engines used to move small satellites in space. It...