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Begbroke Science Park Celebrates 5 years of Success for the Centre for Innovation and Enterprise

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Over 300 guests gathered together on June 16th to celebrate the Anniversary of Begbroke Science Park opening it’s business incubator building, the Centre for Innovation and Enterprise (CIE).

Whilst the Oxford University Begbroke Science Park has nurtured high tech start up companies since 1999, the opening of this fully serviced incubator was a huge milestone in the site’s development. Dr Caroline Livingstone, the manager of the Begbroke Science Park said “the team at Begbroke has worked really hard to make the CIE the success that it is. It reached full occupancy well ahead of schedule, and has largely stayed that way ever since.”

The Begbroke Centre for Innovation and Enterprise building is a fully serviced and dedicated business incubator. This award-winning building offers world-class scientists the flexibility and support they need for their business.

Guests enjoyed the taste of refreshing Pimms and a delicious Hog roast, as all members from the scientific community and beyond joined together to celebrate.

Attending on the day were members of the 30 companies and 20 research groups on site, as well as past tenants, the local community and members from the University of Oxford.

In his speech, Professor Peter Dobson, the Academic Director of Begbroke Science Park said “the CIE is an important part of the Begbroke Science Park and plays a crucial role in the academic/industry networking activities we foster. It’s a huge pleasure to see technology develop, and to see the Begbroke blueprint being repeated in the UK and internationally. It’s a real success story.”

The occasion was the perfect chance to celebrate the Centre’s 5 years and highlighted its growth and contributions for young start-up and spin-out companies, providing a home for them to develop, grow and make that step onto the ladder of success. Credit must go to Barbara Allsworth, the manager of the CIE, who has been a great asset and support to the companies.

Following lunch, guests were given the opportunity to explore an exhibition, showcasing the work of research groups and companies on site. It is thanks to the support from those, that guests were able to discover a wealth of scientific and technological breakthroughs.

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Ben Roeves