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Small businesses to complete for science and business park offices

Ambitious small businesses are invited to apply for three places on the business growth programme at the Nova Centre, Keele University Science and Business Park (KUSBP).

A deadline of 1 April has been set for applications to be new tenants at the Nova Centre, a converted farmhouse opened as offices in 2012. The two stage process includes a simple application form, followed by a business plan review and an interview with Keele University Science and Business Park’s steering group panel on 8 April.

Access to mentoring, legal advice, credit control and a host of expert business assistance are just some of the benefits small businesses will be competing for by applying for the spaces, which are now available due to rapid business growth of previous tenants.

Tenants can be based at the Nova Centre for two years before making way for new businesses to join the programme, and the centre is approaching its two year anniversary this April, meaning that a fresh batch of innovative businesses are set to move in.

Lucy Delaney, KUSBP Business Development Officer, says “Seeing businesses of the Nova Centre develop to a stage where they need to find bigger offices means that the Nova Centre is working and there are now fresh opportunities for more small businesses to use the facilities here. The success of the departing businesses is a great example of how Nova Centre tenants can use the advice available and connections with other companies on site to grow.

“There is a real buzz around Keele at the moment following the announcement of investment from the City Deal to turn the campus into a green technology network. The City Deal makes KUSBP a perfect place for environmental technology companies and other small technology or innovation lead businesses. It will mean that major companies will bring their newest innovations to be tested at Keele, opening up even more opportunities for Nova Centre tenants to attract investors.”

For information on how to enter, businesses should contact Lucy Delaney on l.delaney@keele.ac.uk or 01782 734 603.

 

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