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Scott-Bader Innovation Centre

Scott-Bader Innovation Centre


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Scott Bader Innovation Centre provides the ideal workspace for start-up and growing companies, offering flexible, professional premises with a range of business support services needed during the first vital years of operation.

Set in the heart of Wollaston, just outside of Wellingborough, the centre is a newly refurbished building within Scott Bader’s headquarters complex. Companies within the centre have access to a technical support package from Scott Bader’s Measurement Science Group.

Beautifully maintained grounds surround the Innovation Centre and the offices have stunning views over the River Nene valley or towards the Scott Bader Manor House. Serviced offices, labs and workshops are available to let on flexible terms with as little as one months’ notice. Virtual offices are also available for those not ready for office space.

The centre differs from a standard business centre by offering a range of practical innovation and growth support that proactively encourages the development of start-ups, entrepreneurial and high-growth companies.

Supportive Office Environment

Scott Bader Innovation Centre provides an attractive setting to work from, allowing businesses to grow within a lively environment where they will have access to the skills, knowledge and experience of similar individuals and companies.

The centre has space for up to 20 companies in a total of 3,500 square feet of office space, with offices ranging from 90 to 280 square feet. The offices can be used in any combination and are ideal for companies with 1-15 employees, where they can benefit from flexible, professional and equipped office environment. 

The centre is the ideal environment for start-up and early-stage companies. The costs are tightly controlled, there are no long term contracts and the day to day running of the offices is in safe hands, leaving companies to concentrate on growing their business.

Companies at Scott Bader Innovation Centre can benefit from the following:

  • On-site Staff services and facilities management so the day to day running issues are taken care of
  • Licence agreement with as little as one month’s notice period
  • Easy to predict, clear and transparent monthly charges
  • Ability to upscale and downsize quickly
  • On-site conference and meeting facilities available to hire on a daily and hourly rate
  • Technical Support Package
  • Access to superfast internet and telephony connections
  • 24/7 office access and on-site security for peace of mind
  • Free on-site parking

Licence fee charges for the office space include all of the following:

  • Service charges
  • Business rates
  • Heating, water and electricity
  • Site management
  • Reception services
  • Buildings insurance and maintenance

Labs and Workshop Spaces

The lab space at Scott Bader Innovation Centre contain open plan space, furnished with workbenches, as well as a selection of separate rooms, which could be used as office or write up space. Basic lab equipment such as water and gas taps are installed.

Virtual Office

Scott Bader Innovation Centre offers virtual office packages designed to provide you with a professional image for your business, without incurring the cost of renting office space. Ideal for start-up companies, those on the road or working from home. There really isn’t a better way to get your business off the ground.

Meeting and Conference Facilities

Scott Bader Innovation Centre has a range of superb conference and meeting rooms available to hire by the hour or the day by internal companies, accommodating between 2 and 20 people. Whether space is needed for a conference, product launch, board meeting or interview; there is a room to meet the requirements.

The rooms are fully equipped with presentation equipment, free WiFi, ample parking, break-out space and catering facilities are available on request. 

Business Support

Through the Regional Director, Scott Bader Innovation Centre provides support and advice for businesses to achieve their objectives, helping with vision, strategy and effective implementation. This is not a chargeable service but a core feature of a true innovation centre. As part of the supportive environment within the centre, networking amongst customers is encouraged.

Technical Support Package

For companies operating in the chemical or composites sectors, Scott Bader can provide a range of specialist technical support and access to equipment. The support includes advice on commercialisation of innovative ideas and practical support in the areas of product scale-up and application testing.

Scott Bader

Scott Bader is a multinational chemical company employing 600 people worldwide with manufacturing sites in Europe, Middle East and South Africa. Like many multinational companies, Scott Bader found themselves with excess space on their main site in Wollaston, which led to them appointing Oxford Innovation to manage the centre in 2011.

The centre is housed in Scott Bader’s Bryson building, which was named after Courtney Bryson, Scott Bader’s Chief Scientist. The building was originally erected in 1960 to accommodate a reinforced plastics laboratory and lecture theatre with additional office accommodation

Oxford Innovation

Scott Bader Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading business and innovation centre operator. Part of the SQW Group, which employs 180 staff, Oxford Innovation provide flexible office, laboratory, workshop and studio space to over 900 start-up and growing companies throughout a UK-wide network of business and innovation centres. For a full listing of Oxford Innovation’s centres, please visit the website at www.oxin-centres.co.uk.

Oxford Innovation also runs a range of business support programmes across the UK and three highly successful investment networks that link investors with entrepreneurs.

How to Find Us

Scott Bader Innovation Centre is set in the heart of the village Wollaston, just outside Wellingborough, close to the centres of Milton Keynes and Northampton.


Scott Bader Innovation Centre
NN29 7RL

Contact:   Mick Judge
Job title:   Senior Centre Manager
Tel:   01993 667700
Email:   scottbader@oxin.co.uk
Website:   www.scottbader-ic.co.uk