Nexus showcased to senior business leaders

Senior regional business leaders are visiting the University this week to find out how Nexus will boost economic growth across the Leeds City Region and beyond.

Roger Marsh, Professor Lisa Roberts, Andrew Wright, Dr Ceri Williams and Dr Martin Stow in front of Nexus January 2018

Left to right: Roger Marsh (Chair of LEP), Professor Lisa Roberts (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation), Andrew Wright (Chair of the LEP’s Business, Innovation and Growth Panel), Dr Ceri Williams (Director of Research & Innovation Development), Dr Martin Stow (Director of Nexus)

By enabling easier access to the University’s research expertise in key growth sectors, as well as support to foster collaboration and innovation, Nexus aims to help take new ideas from concept to market and drive business growth.

The tour of the new innovation and enterprise centre, due to open in autumn 2018, will enable senior business leaders to find out about the new facilities, which will offer businesses flexible office and laboratory space, as well as meeting rooms.

Artist's impression of Nexus ground floor 2016Artist's impression of the ground floor of Nexus

It follows £3m of funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority towards the University’s £40m investment to develop the initiative. The £3m is funded through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1bn package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Dr Martin Stow, Director of Nexus, says: “We’re here to make it easier for businesses and provide a ‘hardwired’ connection to the expertise at the University for companies who want to access ideas, infrastructure and deliver commercial impact.

“The visit is timely as we seek to attract businesses who not only want to base themselves in our outstanding office and laboratory facilities but more importantly, want to take advantage of an environment that will help drive innovation and business growth.”

The visitors to Nexus include Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and member of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Martin Farrington, Director of City Development at Leeds City Council, and Andrew Wright, Chair of the LEP’s Business, Innovation and Growth Panel.

Roger Marsh OBE, says: “Growing our innovation footprint is key to realising the huge economic potential of Leeds City Region and the facilities at Nexus will make a huge impact when they open later this year."

Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, adds: “Showcasing our ambitious future plans for Nexus is important, but it’s also about reiterating the University’s outstanding track record of supporting innovation, licensing and spin-out companies.

“This will be an exceptional opportunity, providing both physical and virtual communities, to make a further step change in the way we accelerate great ideas and help businesses build productivity and deliver a real commercial edge.” 

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