UKSPA’s new Executive Director Jim Duvall discovers Discovery Park 14 March, 2018

The UK science park, innovation and incubation sector will play an important – and indeed essential – part in delivering the benefits of a successful knowledge economy. My recent visit to Discovery Park in Kent provides a superb illustration of the day to day contribution of UKSPA members to this delivery.

Impressive investment

Meeting with the team at Discovery Park to hear about the investment that is being made to provide the space, the infrastructure and the facilities to support their tenants was impressive. Their plan has economic, political and community support. It will provide opportunities for assisting tenants to develop, expand and flourish.

Finding out more about Discovery Park’s development plans, their success to date, and expansion plans was worth my (somewhat challenging) journey through the snow to Sandwich.

But there was more!

The work of the Discovery Park management team, delivering really positive engagement with the local community and with school children, and the encouragement they give to apprentices and others, was truly inspiring.

I look forward to returning (if invited!) to Discovery Park and other member sites, to see how plans for development continue to be delivered, to look at new facilities, and to do all that is possible to ensure that the day to day work carried out on UKSPA member locations is shared and appreciated!