Business Minister officially opens Advanced Technology Innovation Centre
Business Minister, Anna Soubry, officially opened the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC) today. She was joined by senior representatives of Charnwood Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, all key partners in the expansion of Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks (LUSEP).
ATIC offers flexible office and lab space for growing businesses and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Since opening last month, ATIC has attracted a constant stream of technology-focused start-ups and SMEs from Leicestershire and the wider midlands region. It is already 65% occupied.
The Ministerial visit to ATIC coincides with the launch of the inaugural Leicester Business Festival. Anna Soubry said: “I was delighted to visit the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre at Loughborough University and see first-hand how the facilities are helping small firms to grow and innovate. Leicestershire is a vital component in the Midlands engine for growth and that is why we are backing plans to boost investment and create more jobs for people in the area.”
On Thursday 5 November, an Open House event gives prospective companies the opportunity to view ATIC’s first-rate facilities and meet its dedicated management team. Guests will also be able find out about the many businesses based there, who benefit from working in partnership to boost productivity. LUSEP companies benefit from access to the University’s research base, graduate supply, conference, library and sports facilities.
ATIC Open House is free to attend and runs from 10:30am – 4pm, with light refreshments provided. For more information, please click here.
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.