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19 February 2010 | PR 10/26

CBI Director General visits Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park

Intelligent Energy bikes

Left to right: Professor Phill Dickens, Loughborough University's Pro Vice Chancellor Enterprise and Richard Lambert, Director General CBI with the fuel cell bikes developed by Intelligent Energy, the clean power systems company that started out as a Loughborough University spin out that now employs around 130 people worldwide.

Richard Lambert, CBI Director General and author of the 2003 Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration, visited Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park yesterday during a tour of businesses in the East Midlands region including Toyota in Burnaston, Bombardier in Derby and Thermo Fisher in Loughborough.

In a meeting hosted by Professor Phill Dickens, Pro Vice Chancellor Enterprise, Richard Lambert discussed the University’s interaction with industry following the recent CBI report Stronger Together. The meeting was also attended by the University’s Pro Chancellor John Gains, Treasurer Alan Woods, Enterprise Board member Field Walton, Chief Operating Officer Will Spinks and the Science and Enterprise Park Development Manager, Tim Bacon, and Paul Southby, Regional Director, CBI East Midlands.

The University is developing the Park with support from emda, the East Midlands Development Agency. The Park is a key contributor to the Government’s newly created Low Carbon Economic Area for Advanced Automotive Engineering. It houses several major public and private sector partnerships including the national Energy Technologies Institute, a £1B venture involving industry partners BP, Shell, E.ON, EDF, Caterpillar and Rolls Royce. The Park’s Charnwood Building is an ideal location for energy innovation companies as it offers exceptionally high levels of engineering services for gas handling, extraction and ventilation.

Richard Lambert heard how the University is currently choosing a developer for Phase Two of Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park. With around 50,000m2 of floor space, the Park is already one of the largest science parks in the UK with a further 34,000m2 of floor space under development in Phase Two. A strong pipeline of potential occupants is being developed in the University’s Innovation Centre, which has helped 80 companies to prosper since it opened in 2002.

Richard Lambert’s visit concluded with a demonstration of fuel cells developed by Intelligent Energy including the recently unveiled Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter. Intelligent Energy is a clean power systems company that started out as a Loughborough University spin out that now employs around 130 people worldwide. It is currently relocating from the Innovation Centre to the Science and Enterprise Park’s Charnwood Building, which is located next to the Park’s Hydrogen Refueling Station.

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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