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Wales' first dedicated science park arrives this week

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History is set to be made in North Wales with the country’s first dedicated Science Park set to be opened on St David’s Day.

The £20 million facility ‘M-SParc’ – part funded by European Regional Development funding through the Welsh Government- will open its doors this week having been completed both within time and on budget with a launch at the site in Gaerwen .

The building boasts laboratory, office, and clean workshop space, created with input from companies of all sizes who work in the science and technology sectors with a focus on Low Carbon. Businesses and projects who develop their own technologies, processes and science-based endeavours are also being encouraged to come forward to use the site.

Equipped with the tenant space also comes with boardrooms, meeting rooms, café and working space and informal meeting areas to encourage young people and workers in the region to admire the site.

With a focus on low carbon, energy and environment, eleven companies in these sectors are expected to move in between now and the summer. 

 

 

These businesses will all receive business support from a dedicated Business Support Officer, with M-SParc’s goal to encourage and assist all tenant companies to develop and grow. 

“We want to attract the brightest and the best from the region” said Ieuan Wyn Jones, M-SParc’s Managing Director.

“M-SParc is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangor University, meaning we ourselves are an SME. We run with a team of six staff, many of whom have experience running their own businesses, and each of whom is dedicated to making M-SParc a success.  

“The team has worked very hard to deliver the building on time and budget, and our work now focuses on helping our tenant companies reach their best potential.”

The official launch comes on the 1st March whilst a few days later on the 5th Google will be giving a workshop on reaching new customers. This will be part of a series of workshops delivered at the site for it’s tenants.

On March 24th, the site will also be open to the public for a day.

Following the support of the local area and its community the project will now see M-SParc giving back to the region through opportunities for young people.

“The community have been very supportive of our work, following public consultations in the early years.” Mr Jones added.

 “In return, we have provided local apprenticeships, work experience for school pupils, safety talks and workshops for the local college, internships for Bangor University students, and changing room facilities for the local football team. We will continue to work with the community as we operate.”

Further information can be found on M-SParc’s website (www.m-sparc.com) or by emailing post@m-sparc.com. 

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