Sensor City was in the news this week as two party leaders praised the initiative and its potential impact on the region.
On Wednesday, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn talked about Sensor City in his speech to the Labour Party conference being held in Liverpool. He praised the support the local Labour council is giving to the project, saying that the city is:
“set to be at the global forefront of a new wave of technology and home to Sensor City, a £15million business hub that aims to create 300 start-up businesses and 1,000 jobs over the next decade.”
The following day Sensor City featured heavily in Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments on the future of the Northern Powerhouse. She said:
“…we can see examples of innovation being driven jointly by the region’s universities and major industry. Projects like Sensor City – being delivered by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moore’s University, backed by £5m of Government funding – which will establish a unique innovation centre in the heart of Liverpool’s internationally renowned ‘Knowledge Quarter’, creating more than 300 new businesses and 1,000 new jobs over the next decade.
“Liverpool City Region has more high-growth firms than anywhere else in the country outside London.”
The Sensor City facility, located in the Copperas Hill redevelopment area and part of the University Enterprise Zone, is a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). It aims to create 1,000 jobs and 300 new businesses within the next decade and promote further industry – academic collaboration in its bespoke 2,500m2 building.