Minister opens Reading enterprise centre

Tue 21 June 2011, 2:19 pm

Business minister Mark Prisk has opened a new 55,000ft sq development for innovation and technology companies at Reading University.

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Business minister Mark Prisk (centre) opens centre

Reading Enterprise Centre has been developed as a flexible space to provide small businesses to develop.

Businesses will have direct access to the university's research and enterprise expertise and talent pool of staff, students and graduates. 

Prisk said: "I am delighted to open the Reading Enterprise Centre. This facility will bring together high-growth businesses with University research and talent, providing a huge boost to the local business community.

"Innovative, technology-based businesses are vital for creating jobs and driving our economy forward, and this facility will help these companies to grow and expand."

Businesses already based in the new development include Lein Diagnostics, a healthcare research company,  Mediasift, a social media technology firm, and Assuria, an IT security software developer.

David Gillham, director of research and enterprise at the university, said: "Reading Enterprise Centre will significantly grow the University's ability to develop a cluster of businesses located at the University and will be the bridge for small start-up businesses while they grow, before ultimately moving onto larger premises in the proposed Science and Innovation Park."

The opening of the new facility takes place during Universities Week 2011, which aims to foster greater public understanding of the impact which universities in the UK have on the individual, the local community, business and the future of the UK.


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