UKSPA Webinar Archive



UKSPA runs regular webinars for members and partners to learn and debate the very latest issues, the programme addresses the  key topic areas that are facing the innovation sector. The ongoing series of webinars run as part of UKSPA’S programme of sharing good practice, networking, communication, research, promotion and advocacy that helps  to sustain and develop this vital economic sector.

Business rates and Covid-19

An opportunity to learn from an expert panel of UKSPA members about the latest issues relating to business rates, void rates amid the impact of Covid-19.


Richard New – Partner, Mills and Reeve

Barry Sankey – Consultant, Wright Hassell

Dan Green – Associate, Flude Commercial

Paul Carver – Director, Granby Martin

Member Panel:

Tom Blount – Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, David Grindrod – University of Warwick Science Park

To view the recording please click the link below and use the password: 1y.^*^AS 

Preparing for the return to the workplace

As part of an easing of lockdown,panellists considered the government advice on ensuring that workplaces, which are being allowed to reopen, are as safe as possible and discussed the practical application of the guidance.


Glenn Crocker, MBE, UKSPA Chairman

Mark Tock, Operations Director, Nexus Leeds

Andrew Tipper, Partner, Cushman & Wakefield

Dave Hockton, MIRA Technology Park

To view the recording please click the link below and use the password: 3d?*#2Ml 

Preparing for the return to the workplace - the new normal


This webinar looked at the challenges that will be faced as we adapt services on the road to the ‘new normal’. The session discussed how we continue to deliver support for companies to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a changed workplace. It also looked at some of the longer term issues that will affect the sector as the shape of  “the new normal” develops.

Speakers include:

Sally Basker, Exeter Science Park

David Hardman, Innovation Birmingham

Glenn Crocker, Biocity

To view the recording please click the link below and use the password: 1V#5q*9& 

Looking to the future - Building the New Laboratory

What impact has Covid-19 had on laboratory operation, investment and future design? This webinar looks at the future laboratory environment, greater flexibility, digitalisation, communication and the ongoing requirements for labs such as safety, robustness and cleanliness.

The session also looks at investment into laboratory space for third party occupation and highlights:

  • How we are seeing repurposing of industrial space as a way to cost effectively deliver flexible space
  • How new buildings are being delivered by the private sector
  • How wet lab space has been retrofitted into office space
  • How there is a need for more office space and non-wet lab when these buildings are being considered as technology changes increase the amount of digital work • How smaller suites of space will continue to need funding support where they need to be fully fitted.

Speakers include:

Chair, Ian McFadzen Plymouth Science Park

Kath McKay, Alderley Park

John Sommerville, Creative Places

Richard Walder, BuroHappold Engineering

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Business support for a remote audience

A look at how members are delivering business support during lockdown and the preparations for a partial loosening of social distancing.


Wendy Tindsley, Innovation Director, Oxford Innovation

Jo Stevens, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation

Ian McFadzen CEO, Plymouth Science Park

John Leake Business Development Manager at Sci-Tech Daresbury

Joe Caine, Smart Innovation Hub Manager, Keele University Science and Innovation Park

To view the webinar please click the link below and use the password: 9P^@qc3*

Returning to work

Following the recent guidance from Government, the webinar considered the numerous issues facing UKSPA members on the return to the workplace.


Chair: Bob Cushing, Board Director, UKSPA

Sophie Whitbread, Employment Lawyer, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Emma Davies, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Jayne Kelly, Associate Architect and Interior Designer, NBBJ

Robert Day, Chairman & Founder, Blueprint Interiors

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The Business Development Challenge

Has the lockdown delivered new insights into the changing requirements of new tenant companies? Does there need to be a redefinition in the way that we market the offering and value of Science Parks and other Innovation Locations?

What are the changes and opportunities post Covid-19 that may need to be delivered in order to attract new companies alongside the retention of existing clients?

 Chair: Jo Stevens, Oxford Innovation

James Latham.  Associate Partner, Carter Jonas

Monika Zemla, Harwell Campus

Claire Bennett, York Science Park

Olivia Chatten,York Science Park

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Looking to the future: Innovation and the new office

What will be the future requirements for office based companies?  How will office design evolve to keep people working effectively and collaboratively while physically apart?

This webinar looks at the implications for the sector as offices and R&D space respond to changing circumstances.

As well as considering the immediate impact of changing work patterns, this webinar will also discuss the longer term issues and asks what will offices and R&D space look like in the future?

Speakers include:

Chair: Patrick Bonnett, National Innovation Centre for Ageing

Tom Renn, Manchester Science Partnerships

Nigel Mapp, Mapp

Peter Baird, Perkins+Will

Toby Hyam, Creative Space Management


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Adapting Space: Office to Lab – 5th  November

Darius Umrigar, NBBJ Design

Artem Korolev, Mission Street

Liam Nicholls, Creative Places

Ian McFadzen, Plymouth Science Park

Manisha Kulkarni, Bulb Interiors

Derek Jones, Bulb Interiors

AIRTO/UKSPA webinar: R&D & the comprehensive spending review – 24th  September

James Tooze, CaSE

Lee Hopley, Enterprise Research Centre

Dan Cochlin, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Colette Cohen, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

Iain Simpson, R&D Society


AIRTO/UKSPA webinar: 23 July

Following the recent publication of the Government’s Research and Development (R&D) roadmap which sets out the Government’s vision for cultivating a more science and technology-focused economy, this joint webinar from AIRTO and UKSPA provided a timely opportunity to open up dialogue on a number of crucial issues facing the sector.


UKSPA Online Conference 9 and 10 July 2020

The two day member drop-in conference provided  a timely opportunity to consider in more detail a number of critical issues and the implications for the sector. The sessions took a look at the opportunities both in the mid and long-term, and the initiatives that will help shape innovation and drive sustainable growth post the Covid-19 crisis.


10 September: The new office after lockdown

Toby Hyam, Creative Space Management

Cliff Dennett, Bruntwood, SciTech

Tom Peasgood, MAPP (presented with no slides)

Peter Baird, Perkins + Will


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