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Views Sought on New Enterprise and Technology Centre

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Businesses, individuals, students and staff are invited to give their views on how a proposed new enterprise and technology centre, to be based at the University of Worcester’s new development at the former Grove Farm site, can best work for them.

University Park, off Bromyard Road, is planned as a Health and Wellbeing, Science and Enterprise Park, the first phase of which will see a new doctor’s surgery developed on the site.

As part of the development, steps are being taken to bring forward an Enterprise and Technology Centre, which would serve as a hub for those thinking about setting up a business, those wanting to collaborate with business and indeed businesses themselves. The idea is to create a place where ideas can be explored with others and support secured..

Dr Martin Doughty, Pro Vice Chancellor (Capital Developments) at the University, said: “The University has a huge role to play in the business community and works closely with many established businesses, as well as offering support to new and up-coming businesses. This development would extend that work and provide a useful hub for the City and the Region.”

The University has launched a questionnaire to help inform what the Centre should contain and how it might best operate for the community it wants to serve. Consideration needs to be given to the nature of accommodation that will be most suitable, the activities and services that the University can help deliver to support individuals and businesses aspiring to either set up or grow businesses, and the way in which use of space might best be facilitated.

Dr Doughty said: “Some people might want to occupy floor space but others may simply want to visit from time to time, and have 'virtual access' to support facilities. Meeting rooms and seminar space might be helpful to provide.

“We want to hear what existing businesses might want, or those individuals looking to start a new business, plus our own students and staff. Do people want a networking space to meet other business people? Or do they want individual workshops and offices?

“We are open to ideas to help support business in the region and the first step is to listen to what people want.”

People can take part in the survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/worcesterunipark