The Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone offers a range of opportunities for growing businesses.
The Nottingham Enterprise Zone sites are situated centrally Nottingham, a UK core city and designated science city. The four Nottingham EZ sites are comprised of part of the Alliance Boots site in Beeston and three other smaller sites – the Beeston Business Park, the Nottingham Science Park and the MediPark site . Together they make up 286 acres (116 hectares).
The Boots site in total consists of 279 acres (113 hectares) and the vision is to create a UK centre for innovation in health beauty and wellness in Nottingham. The site will offer a cost effective, high quality, centrally located site for health and wellness businesses such as business incubators, start-ups and small and medium enterprises. As well as existing buildings suitable for redevelopment, the site also includes around 100 acres (40 hectares) of brownfield land suitable for development.
Beeston Business Park aims to be the home of technology and ICT for the future. Located close to its sister Enterprise Zone site, at Alliance Boots, Beeston Business Park is a new development currently undergoing £40million of investment. Providing a range of office space and industrial units from 100 to 900,000 square feet, the site is located along a main railway line connecting Nottingham to London, Birmingham and Manchester. Businesses already located here include Siemens, SMS Technologies and ATOS, making it a strong location for ICT and technology led-businesses.
Nottingham Science Park is located opposite the University of Nottingham and working closely with its world-leading research base, Nottingham Science Park is an award-winning sustainable designed science park. With design and build opportunities from 20,000 sq ft upwards, and a direct link on the tram network connected to the city centre and the transport hub of Nottingham, the site is ideally suited for businesses looking to ramp up their research and development. The site is already home to a range of innovative companies, including China’s Changan Automotive and renewable energy business Chinook Sciences.
Medipark - Uniting the science and medical communities, Medipark - building on the Nottingham area's reputation for medical discovery - will bring together life sciences and technology companies.
All the four sites in the Nottingham Enterprise Zone are close to internationally significant centres of excellence in research and development at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University and a major teaching hospital, the Queens Medical Centre. Excellence in research and innovation in Nottingham has led to scientific breakthroughs such as MRI scanning and the discovery of the painkiller drug, Ibuprofen. Nottingham has the only NHS trust and university partnership in the country to have three successful bids for Biomedical Research Units in hearing, digestive diseases and respiratory medicine.
Nottingham has one of the UK’s leading clusters in healthcare, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals and is already home to international companies including Alliance Boots, Reckitt Benckiser, Siemens, Changan Automotive, Chinook Sciences and many more.
Infinity Park in Derby - The £200m, 250-acre commercial and technology park, located south of Derby city centre alongside the A50, is seen, in D2N2's Strategic Economic Plan, as a key driver for economic growth. It was announced as an additional site for the D2N2 area's Enterprise Zone, in the Chancellor's 2014 Autumn Statement. It is eventually hoped the Park will provide 1.5million square feet of business space and accommodate up to 8,000 jobs, focused around hi-tech and knowledge industries. The Park's first building - the £11.8m Innovation Centre (work on site is pictured below) - is due to open early next year (2016). It will be the headquarters for Enscite, a support organisation for companies in the transport engineering supply chain.
Investment over time will realise a range of opportunities for business across all five Enterprise Zone sites. Incentives for companies located on the sites include business rate discounts and the availability of superfast broadband.
To find our more about the Nottingham Enterprise Zone sites contact Invest in Nottingham by telephone +44 (0)115 8764469 or email. For Infinity Park Derby enquiries contact Salloway Property Consultants on +44 (0)1332 298000 or email , OR contact company JLL on 115 908 2120 or via its website www.jll.co.uk/.