Meet the groundbreaking start-up finding growth at Sci-Tech Daresbury
Setting up business anywhere requires dedication, grit and industry know-how, and choosing the right location to base a start-up can be a major factor in helping a new company to get off the ground.
As one of the UK’s leading science and innovation campuses, Sci-Tech Daresbury is home to a thriving community of international high-tech businesses to fast-growing SMEs and has a burgeoning reputation as offering a ‘home for life’.
Among them, one biotech start-up is enjoying significant growth at the Liverpool City Region-based campus and has now significantly expanded its workspace in order to continue to meet increasing demand for its ground-breaking technology and innovation.
In response to continued growth, Microbiological CRO, Perfectus Biomed has expanded the company’s operations at the campus’s new Techspace One building.
Perfectus Biomed’s evolution at Sci-Tech Daresbury has been partly accelerated by the campus’s world-class technical facilities and scientific expertise – creating a unique space for start-up and early stage companies to mature.
Sam Westgate, Perfectus Biomed’s founder and CEO, believes the campus’s interconnected location has helped to boost her company’s growth. She said: “As an international provider, it’s very important to us that we have the facilities and connectivity to engage regularly in face-to-face meetings with our clients.
“Sci-Tech Daresbury is so well placed and its location is ideal in that it allows both domestic and international customers to access our office easily, whether travelling in from Manchester airport or London, meaning that we’re able to continue to build on those important relationships.”
The company has expanded its workspace at the campus and now boasts 1,237 sq ft of lab space and 1,394 sq ft of office space. Having first located to Sci-Tech Daresbury in 2013, Perfectus Biomed supports companies by providing both standard and customised microbiology testing methods. It works with clients across the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and South Africa in the wound care, cosmetics, dental and disinfectant sectors.
Sam added: “As a small company, our base at Sci-Tech Daresbury has enabled us to purpose-build our own lab and office space to suit our needs. The decision to expand our workspace on campus is a reflection of the continued growth we are experiencing, ensuring that our team is based in a world-leading location to deliver the best results for our clients.”
Sci-Tech Daresbury is a private-public joint-venture between developer Langtree, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Halton Borough Council.
John Downes, group managing director of Langtree and chair of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture company, said: “Our vision for Sci-Tech Daresbury is not only one of collaboration, but also of business growth, success and creating an innovative environment where our tenants can find a home for life. Perfectus Biomed has been with us from the start of its Sci-Tech Daresbury journey, and evidently has found a collaborative and inspiring home to work.
“We’re delighted to see Perfectus Biomed continuing to enjoy strong growth and appetite for what it does. It’s fantastic that Sam has committed her company’s future to the campus and we look forward to watching it continue to grow with us.”
Sci-Tech Daresbury is a world class location for high-tech business and leading-edge science based in the Liverpool City Region. It provides a unique environment for innovation and business growth, with knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking.
Home to the ground-breaking STFC Daresbury Laboratory as well as over 130 high-tech companies, the site was originally established in 2006. In December 2010 a new private-public joint-venture partnership was created to spearhead the longer-term development of the campus. Partners in the private-public joint-venture partnership are developers, Langtree, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and Halton Borough Council.
The campus was granted Enterprise Zone status in April 2012. Enterprise Zone status allows business rates to be reinvested in the campus, potentially creating up to 15,000 skilled jobs and providing funding for new specialist office, laboratory and technical space. Enterprise Zone status will also allow the campus to leverage more than £150 million in private sector investment.
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