Sensor City to boost high tech economic growth

03 Jul 2017

Business

A state of the art technology hub in Liverpool City Centre will aim to create 300 startup businesses and 1,000 jobs over the next ten years.

Sensor City is a joint venture project between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University which brings together knowledge and experience in sensor technology and houses and supports high-tech businesses working on sensor systems and applications.

Both universities will support entrepreneurial talent to enable the translation of innovative ideas from bench to revenue, stimulating business growth regionally, nationally and ultimately internationally.

Sensors provide a link between technology and the surrounding environment, and are used to capture data, for example temperature humidity and pressure. This kind of technology can be used in everything from home security systems to medical equipment.

Alison Mitchell, Executive Director at Sensor City said: “The technology that will be developed at Sensor City will support a modern industrial strategy and boost productivity across a range of sectors from health to transport.

“With the global sensor market currently worth $490 billion and growing at over 10% each year, Sensor City presents an incredible opportunity for the UK and for Merseyside.

“I am looking forward to unlocking the wealth of expertise that exists between Liverpool’s two leading universities in collaborating with the region’s highly capable SME community to put Liverpool at the forefront of sensor technology development and innovation.”

Sensor City will provide a physical space and facilities in which sensor technology start-ups and businesses can form communities and work in partnership with Universities.

The facility itself includes a number of Co-working spaces, a technology development zone with shared equipment,  software development support and an electronics lab, bespoke business mentoring and access to funding.

How can St Helens businesses get involved?

St Helens Chamber works with the Local Growth Hub to connect businesses to a wide range of support on a local, regional and national level.

The Local Growth Hub provides a single access point for businesses to discover the advice and support they need to flourish.

To speak to us, contact the St Helens Local Growth Hub Team call 01744 742444 or email growthhub@sthelenschamber.com