An ice cream party last week marked the 10th birthday of Lancaster University’s Gordon Manley building which has been home to a pioneering business development programme. Over 200 business staff, university staff and research students turned up to celebrate.
The £8.6m building, named after the famous climatologist who was the first head of Lancaster University’s Environmental Studies Department, was opened in May 2007 by the then President of the Royal Society, Lord Martin Rees.
The building provides office space for academics, professional training rooms and offices for innovative environmental business, offering access to the university’s research skills and expertise. “It was created as a business and knowledge exchange space for the department to grow into,” explains Dr Ruth Alcock, head of the award-winning Enterprise & Business Partnerships Team at the Lancaster Environment Centre.
Stopford was one of the first companies to locate in the Gordon Manley building in 2008 and has helped lead the way for other innovative companies and academic collaborations. Over the years, Stopford has developed a close link with the Lancaster Environment Centre and wider university as Stopford’s Dr Ben Herbert explains; “As well as gaining access to world class R&D facilities and a pool of graduates for student projects and employment, we have developed excellent academic relationships to support our activities in IP development and industrial training.”
Many other pioneering initiatives have emerged from the building during the last ten years, including the China Catalyst Programme, linking SMEs in the UK and China, and the multi-award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. Stopford were involved in the first round of the China Catalyst Programme, which saw four MSc students travel to China to work with Stopford’s partner company CNHomeland.
For more information about Lancaster Environment Centre; https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/business/