Cisco brings BIG link-up for Birmingham Science Park Aston
Birmingham Science Park Aston is at the heart of a global link-up that is being introduced through Cisco, as part of the government’s 5-year British Innovation Gateway (BIG) scheme.
As reported recently on our blog, global technology and communications firm Cisco are investing over ┬ú340m on innovation in the UK, as part of a 5-year project to drive new economic growth to the country.
The scheme will introduce two new innovation centres in London and these will be linked to Birmingham Science Park Aston’s ‘Science Park Without Walls’ scheme, known as iCentrum.
The BIG scheme, which sits alongside the government’s plans for a post-Olympic East London ‘tech city’, will create a global link-up that will assist businesses and technology-based firms all around the world.
Dr David Hardman, chief executive officer of Birmingham Science Park Aston, commented that the investment demonstrates Cisco’s “strength of commitment” to their iCentrum concept.
“By pledging to the Prime Minister that an early focus will be made on creating linkages between the Science Park and the new British Innovation Gateway initiative, Cisco will enable us to open up a wealth of ground-breaking opportunities for our Entrepreneurs for the Future business incubation programme in Birmingham,” he said, according to TheBusinessDesk.
“Cisco clearly shares our aspirations that technological focus should not be limited to one area. This new initiative will be the virtual equivalent of High Speed 2, bringing new concepts to Birmingham by helping to deliver a national creative network and assist SMEs and start-up companies to reach their true potential.”
Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council and chairman of Birmingham Science Park Aston, describes Birmingham as a ‘global city with a local heart’. He commented that the investment allows the city to “reach out and touch all the corners of the globe”.
He added: “Through their commitment ΓÇô and the investments I know this will bring to the region ΓÇô we are able to enrich our ‘local heart’ by providing a vital tool for local businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Birmingham Science Park Aston provides a range of incubator, technology and office space for all sizes of business, from start-ups and fledgling firms to large-scale corporations. Find out more about the range of space they have to offer online at officebroker.com:
Faraday Wharf – flexible space in a 3-storey building, designed specifically for new technological businesses.
iBIC – state of the art set-up with top-class communications, its own meeting room facilities, reception and on site bistro. Ideal for start-ups.
Priestley Wharf – a selection of 3 and 4-storey buildings with its own courtyard and plenty of facilities, including a staffed reception area, on site security and high speed internet access.
Holt Court – modern flexible office space in its own landscaped gardens, with a range of key business facilities.
Ashted Lock – a canal-side office building with a prominent location next to Dartmouth Circus. Larger space requirements are available.