City of Coventry Council
Advantage West Midlands
Government Office for the West Midlands
Coventry University Technology Park is set in the heart of the Midlands within easy reach of all major motorway and rail networks. Situated in a prime city centre site for commercial businesses to locate, expand and develop, the Technology Park aims to provide:
- High quality business accommodation
- Access to innovation and expertise
- Business support and advice
- Business to business interaction
- Applied Research and development opportunities via University links
- Opportunities to collaborate as part of University initiatives
- Access to exporting opportunities
- Pre-incubation support via virtual office facility.
It also seeks to:
- develop and house joint venture collaborative arrangements between academia and commerce in the areas of new product development and training
Coventry University Technology Park
Established since 1998, the Park has a growing portfolio of properties and is home for some of the region’s most innovative businesses.
The urban location of the Park permits occupiers to source nearby retail, recreational and business facilities.
Operational management is provided by Coventry University Enterprises Ltd (CUE Ltd), the commercial trading arm of Coventry University Higher Education Corporation. CUE Ltd comprises business development, commercial subsiduary state management expertise.
Accommodation and Facilities
The Technology Park complex offers a variety of modern fully decorated offices ranging from 17.3 square metres (183 square feet) to 230 square metres (2,474 square feet) across impressive neighbouring business centres.
All business centres provide energy-efficient space, with kitchen, toilet and shower facilities including disabled access. The University’s Environmental Policy is adopted by the Park management providing paper/cardboard, battery, limited plastic and toner cartridge recycling facilities at several points throughout the complex. Tenants are also encouraged to adopt the green ethos of the Park and cycle to work, where possible. The provision of secure cycle shelters supports this.
Flexibility is key across the Park, with lease and licence terms reflecting the dynamic growth profile of tenants. Tenants are provided with access to an extensive range of services and facilities including:
- VOIP telephony with DDI provision and data services
- Excellent high-speed IT networks and internet connectivity
- Regular networking opportunities at business and social events
- Meeting rooms
- On-site parking
- Extended in September 2014 and doubling its’ capacity, the on-site Bistro serving hot and cold food and drinks adds to the breadth of services available. Complimentary access to the University’s library is provided and the extensively equipped Sports Centre is also available at discounted rates to tenants.
The state-of-the-art conference centre, CoventryConferences, is designed and developed to meet the needs of both public and private sector organisations looking for a professional venue.
The Centre offers flexible room layouts across a number of buildings throughout the complex and has the availability of video conferencing facilities as well as WiFi. With a dedicated Duty Officer to hand, the versatile conference suites are comfortable and fully serviced to accommodate between 2-200 delegates for meetings, conferences, product launches and dinner engagements.
Applied Research Activity
Serious Games Institute (SGI)
Serious Games is an ever developing industry sector which seeks to use and extend current capabilities and technology in the established computer games industry, for use in other, non-entertainment applications, such as simulation, education and training.
The SGI has evolved to become the leading source of advice, guidance, research and development for Serious Games in the UK, as well as playing a leading role in international debates.
Institute for Creative Enterprises (ICE)
ICE aims to provide a fully-supported environment for creative graduates and arts practitioners in which they can develop their ideas and practice into flourishing and sustainable creative projects and businesses.
The ICE project brings together cultural practitioners, community arts organisations, arts ‘champions’ and Coventry School of Art and Design to deliver a unique model of integrated creative and business support for the sub-region’s artists and creative enterprises.
Health Design and Technologies Institute (HDTI)
The Institute aims to combine the skills and expertise of Coventry University staff and over 20 partners from the healthcare, telecommunications and product design industries. One of the most important functions is to encourage knowledge transfer with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the local region.
Bringing SMEs, healthcare professionals and service users together creates a multi-disciplinary environment in which information can be shared and develop innovative routes to community healthcare and self-management of health and wellbeing.
HDTI also houses superb prototyping areas which are potentially available for hire allowing businesses to further test and develop their products with minimum costs, whilst the observation suite offers additional flexible user space.
The development brings to the High Technology Corridor a flagship national centre in Advanced Construction Training. The Simulation Centre consists of a two-storey business space including double-height auditorium space.
The Centre’s unique selling point is its Virtual Reality simulation centre providing a facility to operate intensive training sessions in construction site management with the aim of offering significant cost savings and risk reduction to the industry. It can also be adapted to other industry sectors.
University Facilities Accolades
In 2015 the University was named ‘University of the Year’ in the annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. Coventry’s latest accolade follows a number of notable achievements, which include being named ‘Modern University of the Year’ for the third time by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The University also rose into the UK’s top 15 in the Guardian University Guide, was voted top for personal development in the National Student Survey 2015, and was presented with one of the most coveted accolades in UK business – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Coventry University, attracts both national and international students. Having a strong background in engineering, it has now strengthened its reputation in Applied Research, Online Learning, Design, Information Technology and European and International Links. The University is always looking for collaborations between academia and industry, hence providing a platform for companies located on the Technology Park.
Key Areas of Expertise
The Park’s tenants are encouraged to establish close working relationships with the University’s academic and research staff which is promoted via the location of Business Development Managers within each University School/Faculty. CUE Ltd actively facilitates this partnership.
Technical, marketing and financial support may be available for existing companies or those willing to establish their enterprises on the Park. The West Midlands has the enviable reputation as the core of Science and Technology Parks within the UK and the Park has added to the diversity of services already provided within the region’s business infrastructure.
As a commercially aware organisation, CUE Ltd is dedicated to support business growth and provide practical business solutions in areas such as:
- Digital media
- Renewable energies
- Consultancy support
- Social media
- Business innovation and technology transfer
- Inernational Trade assistance
- Entrepreneurship and business support
- Project financing and management
- Foresight senario planning
- Exchange and knowledge best practice
- Partnership development
- Regional and European innovation policy.
Follow Coventry University Technology Park on Twitter for further information and the latest news on its tenants and developments: @CovUniTechPark .
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