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Business secretary Greg Clark officially opens Sensor City

Sensor City officially opened its doors yesterday in a special ceremony led by Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Ahead of the ceremony, special guests Professor Nigel Weatherill DL, Vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, and Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, joined Greg Clark on a tour of Sensor City’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the electronics and mechanical laboratories.

The group also met with Sensor City tenants Aqua Running, as well as delivery partners Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool, to hear about their latest innovations.

During the ceremony, speeches were delivered by Professor Nigel Weatherill DL, Professor Janet Beer, and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, while our Executive Director, Alison Mitchell, also spoke about the future of Sensor City and its aim to create a global hub for sensor technologies in Liverpool.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Sensor City is a brilliant example of our Industrial Strategy in action, a hub that will bring together the best academic minds and entrepreneurs with businesses, large and small, to explore opportunities and foster collaborations that will turn innovative ideas into scale-up businesses. I am delighted we have been able to support its creation with £5 million of funding.

“Our modern Industrial Strategy has an ambitious long-term vision for the UK. We are committed to building on our strengths as a country and delivering a high-skilled economy for the years ahead. Sensor City will help us deliver on this ambition and make a valuable contribution to this work, driving forward innovation.”

Alison Mitchell, Executive Director of Sensor City, says: “Since we moved into this iconic facility earlier this year, we’ve made great strides towards building a community of tech companies that are pushing the boundaries of IoT and sensor innovation.

“Our partnerships – both with academia and big business – are opening up access to world-leading knowledge, support and services. Together, we’re creating the skills-base for emerging technologies in the North West, boosting jobs for the future and supporting our local community.”

Approximately 2,000 sq ft is still available on the second floor of the building, with just over 2,800 sq ft free on the first floor. There are also hot desking facilities available on the ground floor. To find out more or request availability, please e-mail admin@sensorcity.co.uk.

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