The Science Park has access to the depth and diversity of its surrounding knowledge base.
Organisations that can add value to those locating in Exeter include:
- University of Exeter (Medical School and Business School)
- Met Office
- blur Group PLC
- North Wyke Farm Platform
- Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology
- SetSquared - Business support
- Innovation Centre
The University of Exeter has sustained a 20% per annum increase in science research funding and is the fastest-rising university in UK and world league tables. The University collaborates across its campuses (Exeter and Cornwall) with companies (local, national and international) to address business challenges and advance knowledge and research. The Science & Research pages give more details about the areas of expertise and facilities available at the University.
The University’s Business School is ranked consistency in the top 10 for accounting and finance, business and economics and works with large number of organisations to share knowledge and expertise.
The University's Medical School, based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has an excellent research reputation with particular expertise in diabetes, Neuroscience, Health Services Research and Environment and Human Health.
The North Wyke Farm Platform is a globally-unique facility that allows different farming practices to be evaluated. Fully integrated with Rothamsted Research in 2009, the platform brings together research on grassland and arable systems.
blur’s unique cloud software and managed services platform provides a transparent, simple way of sourcing, managing and delivering goods and services. In 2013, the company successfully relocated its head office from London to Exeter, announcing Exeter Science Park as its global HQ.
A wealth of expertise, technology and research arrived in Exeter with the Met Office in 2003.
Since the relocation, the Met Office has collaborated with the University of Exeter and other organisations across various research disciplines.
Platforms for knowledge exchange
Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST) has proved itself as a powerful platform, bringing together local science and technology companies and organisations for the pursuit of knowledge transfer.
More than 500 companies have been involved in the initiative, including Alcoa Howmet Limited, Centrax Industries Ltd, Graphic PLC, Supacat Ltd, Goodridge Ltd, ATASS, Ashwoods Automotive Limited, South West Water Ltd, UKTI, blur Group plc and Met Office.
ExIST was formed in 2011 to raise Exeter’s profile as an internationally renowned location and gateway for excellence in science, research and innovation.
SETsquared supports spin-outs and technology start-ups to accelerate growth, offering advice on funding, support from experienced entrepreneurs and access to international markets. The partnership was named Business Incubation Champion for Europe and fourth in the world by UKBI in 2013.
The Innovation Centre (based on the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus) is home to over 50 knowledge-based organisations undertaking research and development.
Exeter Science Park is located in one of the most beautiful counties in the UK, Devon, nestling between 140 km of UNESCO coast-line and two National Parks.
With so much natural resource on the door step there is plenty to do to sustain a healthy work-life balance, which may be why Exeter has been named as the 4th happiest place to live in Britain and the 1st for neighbourliness.
Exeter and the surrounding area:
Dartmoor National Park is the largestand wildest area of open country in Southern England, covering an area of 368 square miles.
If you prefer the coastline then the Jurassic Coast, which can be reached within 10 miles of Exeter Science Park, is a heritage site with 95 mile stretch of Coastline to explore.Haldon Forest Park, within 5 miles of Exeter, offers 3,500 acres of woodland to explore, whether looking to go for a quiet stroll, an exhilarating mountain bike ride or experience Segways or Go Ape.
Rich with culture Exeter is home to a number of theatres and museums including the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), the winner of Collections Trust Best Practice Award and Museum of the Year 2012.
Other cultural highlights:
- The Bike Shed Theatre, winner of the Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2013 (in association with Classic FM) and winner of £50,000 Clore Prize Fund in 2014.
- Exeter Pheonix holding hundreds of events each year spanning music, art, film, theatre and comedy.
- Exeter Northcott Theatre, which is based on the University of Exeter, with a mixed programme of events including touring theatre productions, contemporary dance, music and opera.
- A range of Festivals throughout the year in and around Devon; Beautiful Days Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival, Unexpected Exeter Festival, Tar Barrels Bonfire Night Festival.
- The Devon and Somerset Carnivals – highly regarded as the largest illumination procession in the world. With some of the larger carnivals attracting crowds of 150,000 people.
Exeter has a vibrant shopping centre with large high street names (John Lewis, The White Company, Abercrombie & Fitch, Superdry, Jack Wills, Pandora and Zara) alongside a thriving independent shop culture.
Princesshay Shopping Centre - Full list of shops and Facilities
Exeter Trail - Website and map of independent outlets.
With over 100 long-standing cafes and restaurants in and around Exeter there is no shortage of places to dine out. With chain brands such as Yo! Sushi, Nandos, Giraffe sitting alongside a large range of successful independent restaurants that will meet the demands of any food lover. Exeter is also home to 2 Michelin starchef Michael Caines, who oversees the Michael Caines Restaurant, ABode Exeter.
Exeter is home to Premiership and Heineken Rugby Club, Exeter Chiefs and has been picked to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup at the Exeter Chiefs Stadium, as well as the 2013/14 LV Cup Final. Exeter will also host the Tour of Britain as well as the UKs first artificial Deep Water Solo Climbing Competition in 2014 managed by the Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre.
There are plenty of other Sports facilities and activities to get involved with:
- Golf – Over 20 courses in Devon
- Football – Home to Division 1 football team Exeter City
- Horse Riding & Horse Racing
- Water sports: Rowing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Surfing, Sailing, Paddle-boarding
- Team sports: Netball, Hockey, Football, Korball to name a few.
In the decade leading up to the recession the Exeter area experienced one of the fastest economic growth rates in the country, adding more jobs per year than many much larger cities.
Exeter Science Park is part of a series of major strategic developments worth over £2 billion (Exeter and East Devon Growth Point) to the east of the M5 motorway and near to Exeter International Airport which is expected to deliver over 20,000 homes and 25,000 jobs up until 2026. The development programme aspires to the highest codes and standards for sustainable development and much of the new development will be linked by a low carbon district heating system.
The city has been recognised for its economic success with labour shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, announcing he wants to see Exeter's success story repeated nationally. Acknowledging that the region has the quality of life, countryside and proximity to scientific innovation" that could "rebalance" Britain's "London- centric" economy.
- The city of Exeter has a population of 127,300 with an estimated additional 35,000 workers commuting in each day and a catchment area of 500,000 residents within a 30 minute drive time.
- Approx 4,700 graduates and 2,800 PhDs produced each year at University of Exeter.
- Exeter has been identified as being at the forefront of the economic recovery with some of the highest salaries and job prospects in the country (The Sunday Times - research by Knight Frank estate agency 2014).
- Exeter is in the top 10 in England for businesses that show high growth potential (source BBC).
- Exeter has seen the greatest improvement in competitiveness in recent years (source 2010 Competitiveness Index).
- Largest private-sector district heating system outside of London.
- The relocation of the Met Office in 2003 has had a sustained impact and Exeter has continued to secure major investment including a new John Lewis and Ikea store (opening Autumn 2018).
- Home to 2012/13 Sunday Times University of the Year, University of Exeter.
- Colyton Grammar School in Devon ranked top secondary school in the UK based on 2013 GCSE results.
- Exeter College - winner of the Outstanding Provider of the Year and Outstanding Leadership of Learning and Skills Times Educational Supplements FE Awards.
- Host stadium for the 2015 Rugby World Cup
- Hosting the first UK Deep Water Soloing Competition in 2014
- Tour of Britain host city
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