Nicola was delighted to open the new Begbroke Innovation Accelerator as Minister for Public Health and Innovation. The Chancellor visited with Nicola to announce the funding for this exciting new enterprise hub back in 2014, and Nicola has been a keen supporter of the project from the outset.
Part-funded by the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the new building is an extension to Begbroke’s Centre for Innovation and Enterprise. The new multi-use building will help small and medium-sized science businesses to take their projects to market. It will also provide facilities for researchers from the University developing new innovative products and technologies. The site’s primary focus will be on the advanced engineering sectors of automotive, nuclear materials, advanced materials, robotics, as well as in nano-medicine, pharmaceuticals, energy storage and supercomputing.
The facility builds on local success integrating the city’s academic and business communities, and further fuels Oxford’s emergence as a tech cluster.
Nicola says: Having been at Begbroke to hear the former Chancellor award the funding for the Innovation Accelerator back in 2014, it was fantastic to be there to open the hub and celebrate this major achievement which will further cement our City’s status as an innovation powerhouse.
Science and enterprise is at the heart of Oxfordshire’s economy and the Innovation Accelerator means we will be even better placed to meet the needs of emerging businesses and continue to thrive.