South West’s sci-tech businesses go from strength to strength

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Future Space, the unique business workspace for science and technology-led companies, has exceeded its targets 12 months after opening its doors at the Frenchay Campus of the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

One year on, Future Space now has 27 companies, around 130 staff and is more than 60% occupied.

With its range of dedicated, shared and co-working offices, labs, workshops, cafe, engagement spaces and meeting rooms, Future Space is designed to boost innovation, collaboration and inspiration.

The 4,100 sq metre facility is expected to enable the creation of over 500 new jobs and generate more than £50 million for the local economy.

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West said: “Future Space is a fantastic addition to UWE Bristol and we are delighted to see so many businesses choosing to base themselves here since it opened 12 months ago.

“The West of England has the most successful economy of any region outside of London and is internationally recognised for its creativity and innovation. The region is also unique for its culture of collaboration between the public and private sectors and academia, and Future Space is a shining example of this.”

Future Space Centre Director Elaine McKechnie said, “Our intention is to become the number one location for science and technology businesses in the UK.

“The opportunity to work closely with UWE Bristol’s research community alongside like-minded businesses and industry partners, with access to fantastic laboratory facilities and flexible workspaces, make Future Space a compelling proposition for forward-thinking start-ups and SMEs.”

The expansion and growth of Future Space companies includes:

Open Bionics, which creates low cost robotic prosthetic hands, and Reach Robotics, which creates multi-functional connected battle bots for gaming, have both recently expanded.

Bristol based Esoterix Systems specialises in demand responsive software for transport providers and was one of the first companies to join. The company works with UWE Bristol as one of its key partners, and is now expanding further.

HBXL are the market leader in construction software for small to medium sized businesses. They have worked in partnership with UWE Bristol to further develop their product range.

Japanese company, TMSUK, a robot development company will launch their UK base at Future Space in October.

Rugged Interactive is the latest firm to join Future Space, in order to expand its commercial team and build links within Bristol’s flourishing tech community.

Pertinax Pharma was the first lab-based company to move into Future Space. Pertinax is a patent-protected, sustained release technology for chlorhexidine, a common antiseptic.

Innaxon is a research-stage biomedical company investigating treatments for cancer and inflammatory diseases, based in shared laboratory space at Future Space.

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