Northern Ireland Science Park in running for national innovation awards

northern ireland science parkThe Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) has been shortlisted for three prestigious United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) awards.

NISP is in the running for the ‘Most Successful Innovation Location’, ‘Most Innovative Project’ and ‘Most Successful Company on a UKSPA site’ for digital pathology firm, Path XL.

The United Kingdom Science Park Association has over 100 member locations where over 4,000 companies operate.

Mervyn Watley, Director of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities for the Northern Ireland Science Park, said:

“To be shortlisted in three categories is testament to all involved in the wider NISP community. The Northern Ireland Science Park has exceeded our objective to be a commercial and research-driven centre for knowledge based industries, in partnership with business and higher education.

“In ten short years, the Northern Ireland Science Park has taken a brownfield site and developed an Innovation Centre and three multi-story concourse buildings currently housing 120 tenant companies generating more than 2,200 jobs with an average income in excess of £30k per year.”

UKSPA Chief Executive Paul Wright said:

“The shortlist for the 30th Anniversary Awards celebrates the achievements of the sector, our partners, members and their tenant companies.

“The work undertaken on over 100 Member locations demonstrates world class innovation within the UK and shows how our members and their teams work together to create business success.”

UKSPA Chairman David Hardman commented that: “Selecting the shortlist from such a high quality field was no easy task and I am particularly grateful to colleagues from across the United Kingdom for their contributions to this significant milestone for the Association.

“The Conference, Awards Dinner and Exhibition in Birmingham next month will showcase the important work of the Science Park and Innovation Movement which over the last three decades has delivered significant economic growth to the national and local knowledge economies.

“The shortlist for the UKSPA 30th Anniversary Awards demonstrates the success of high-growth technology and knowledge based firms, their partnerships, initiatives as well as the innovation locations that support and nurture this success”.

The winners of the six awards will be announced at the UKSPA 3-0th Anniversary Summit Gala Dinner – sponsored by essensys – which takes place at the ICC, Birmingham on the evening of Thursday 10 July. The evening will be hosted by Dr Michael Mosley; writer and presenter of BBC2?s The Story of Science and the face of science and medicine on The One Show.

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