The state-of-the-art Future Space business workspace at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Frenchay Campus has been handed over to the management team at Oxford Innovation.
Future Space at UWE Bristol provides a unique destination for science and technology companies and includes shared and co-working offices, an equipped lab, upgradeable workshops and dedicated offices.
Occupants will also access support from business advisers to help their companies grow.
The third company to join Future Space has now moved in. Liz Davidson, of Esoterix Systems, says the firm is taking full advantage of the connections.
She comments: “Future Space at UWE combines the fresh, forward-looking environment we’re looking for with the ideal geographic location.
“We’re a technology start-up working in transport provision, a sector that grew 268% in 2015. We have big ambitions and when looking at offices Future Space was the obvious choice.”
Two businesses that started out with support from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) Business Incubator have also recently expanded into Future Space offices.
Reach Robotics and Open Bionics have established international reputations and both have outgrown the incubator but both companies value the proximity to the expertise of research colleagues at BRL.
Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor and President, comments: “This is a big moment for the University as we open yet another venture that sets us apart as a technology-based university focused on generating opportunities for business growth and collaboration.
“There is no doubt in my mind that fostering an entrepreneurial atmosphere on our campus is a win for our students and our research community as we know that by collaborating and nurturing business we create a climate of innovation that has a ripple effect.”
The companies joining Future Space will be supported by business advisors Richard May and Nuala Foley who will help to nurture, grow aspirations and advise on collaboration, expansion, new markets, investment and development opportunities.