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Welcome to our last e-newsletter of 2013

David Grindrod, University of Warwick Science Park.

This year has seen the economic indicators catch up with the recovery that the Science Park had observed from mid-2012 onwards -  both from opportunities presented to tenant companies and the several hundred businesses engaged through our business support service. There are still risks and challenges, but the Autumn Statement gave grounds for continued optimism. This year has also seen the Science Park achievements grow across the board – highest occupancy for 10 years, delivery of the first Access to Finance support programme for the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network, enterprise workshops for students and recognition by UKTI of the unique soft landings programme UKMAP to mention a few. I wish your business a prosperous and successful 2014 and if your growth requires support please contact us.

Science Park Business Support Column

News, information and resources from the Science Park's business support team.

Customer Focused?

Well yes, every organisation is, aren't they? Not quite. Apart from the major corporations who haven't mastered the art of dealing with huge volumes of consumer business without annoying many of them, there are many organisations who still see the client as the opportunity for smash and grab selling.

An article written by Bill Taylor, Manager of Techmark, the Science Park's technical marketing specialists

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News from our tenants

A Midlands firm has its sights set on breaking into the US market after enjoying strong success with its innovative weight controlled inventory management system.

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Media Beard growth is 'Ignited' by Science Park

A fledgling digital marketing and social media agency is helping businesses to thrive online from its new hub at the University of Warwick Science Park.

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Science Park firm plans expansion

A growing IT services firm has come to Coventry to connect with skilled staff – with plans to double its workforce within 18 months.

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Business Resources Column

Support and resources for business.

Smart - Round 5, open for applications

The next round of the popular grant scheme Smart is open for applications now. Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge.

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Help at hand to test new products

The University of Warwick has recently launched an initiative that allows the scientific instruments and academic expertise available within the University to be most easily accessed and applied to the types of challenges facing industry wishing to develop innovative products.

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New look venues for Warwick Conferences

New developments for Warwick Conferences have recently been unveiled.Following a nine-month redevelopment project, Radcliffe Training and Conference Centre re-opened at the start of September 2013 with a brand new look.

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Articles of interest

Interesting articles and useful information for business.

Companies obtain financial boost for product innovation

The absence of a British company – for the second year running - in the Thomson Reuters top 100 list of global innovators should give us all pause for thought.

An article by Barry Sankey, consultant solicitor at Wright Hassall

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Who pays for the UK?

A recent survey has revealed that only 0.1% of all UK taxpayers, that is about 29,000 people, pay 14% of all the Income Tax and associated National Insurance costs paid in the UK.

An article by Martin Williams, Director at Warwick Business Solutions

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