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Exeter Science Park is the South West’s centre of activity for businesses in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

The Park provides inspirational incubation and grow-on space, as well as support for innovative businesses specialising in STEMM.

With a record of proven growth and existing clients growing from hot desks to office space, our growth services will help your business to thrive.

Businesses at Exeter Science Park benefit from:

  • High quality office and laboratory space
  • Intensive business support
  • Conference facilities
  • Collaboration opportunities
  • Open innovation events
  • Resilient high bandwidth internet
  • Onsite café, open to tenants and the public
  • Bookable conference space and meeting rooms
  • Business and social activities

Exeter Science Park Ltd (ESPL), the park developer has four shareholders: Devon County Council, the University of Exeter, East Devon District Council and Exeter City Council. Its two strategic partners are the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone.

The building of the Science Park Centre has been made possible with shareholder equity from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, the University of Exeter; the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) which committed £4.5m loan from the Growing Places Fund; and a £1 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund.

Exeter Science Park’s Grow-on Buildings are partly funded by £4.5m from the HotSW LEP Growth Deal Funding. The HotSW LEP has also provided £2.5m local Government funding towards the Environmental Futures Campus and £5.5m towards the Open Innovation Building, which will bring forward 20,000 sq ft of space for growing small and medium sized enterprises.

  

The Story So Far

Exeter Science Park is the result of a vision to develop a science park in the south west of the UK to stimulate a knowledge-based economy delivering better jobs, higher productivity and economic growth.

Since the first building on site opened, The Park has grown rapidly:

  • 2013: Exeter Science Park opens with a view to delivering over 2,500 high value jobs in science and technology on the 60-acre park.
  • 2015: Exeter Science Park Centre opened providing 30,000 sq ft of flexible workspace for high-growth business, start-ups and entrepreneurs in STEMM sectors.
  • 2017:  The Met Office’s high-performance computer complex opened, housing a £97million supercomputer – one of the most powerful computers in the world.
  • 2018: The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab opened to provide deep technical assistance to help businesses develop products, services and processes.
  • 2019: Three new Grow-on Buildings opened – the Lamarr, Turing and Newton buildings – providing 27,000 sq ft of flexible office and laboratory space for STEMM businesses, some of which have progressed from the Science Park Centre.
  • 2020: Construction of the Lovelace building, a new Open Innovation Building (OIB) providing 20,000 square feet of high-quality office and laboratory space for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

A growing STEMM community

Our aim is to grow a network of like-minded STEMM businesses with innovative ideas, a willingness to collaborate and a drive to succeed. 

To maintain a focus on STEMM business, we have a ‘Gateway Policy’ in place – some criteria your business must meet to become part of our network of passionate and driven professionals.

Companies taking up space at Exeter Science Park must be able to demonstrate one or more of the following: research and development of products or services; active collaborations with universities, higher education, institutes, research or similar organisations; that they are a technology based service.

If you’d like to find out if you’re a good fit for our community or if you’re unsure whether you meet these criteria, get in touch with our business support team on 01392 249222. We’d be happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

Enterprise Zone

The Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone comprises four sites – Exeter Science Park, Cranbrook town centre, Exeter Airport Business Park Expansion and Skypark.

In place until 2042, the Enterprise Zone supports businesses via: business rate relief which could be worth up to £275,000; a simplified planning process; and many other measures to encourage enterprise and productivity.

Unlike other areas, the Zone already benefits from a package of infrastructure investment, which includes a £12 million upgrade to Junction 29 of the M5, a new £9 million bypass linking Exeter Airport to Skypark, new train station in the new town of Cranbrook and upgraded bus, cycling and walking links.

Find out more.

Meet the Executive Team

Based in the Science Park Centre, Exeter Science Park Limited is run by a core team of dedicated professionals.

  • Dr Sally Basker

    Chief Executive

    Dr Sally Basker is a qualified engineer with 15 years' senior level research and innovation experience in the aerospace, defence, energy, and navigation sectors. She has extensive business management experience, and has been responsible for crafting business cases, attracting funds and procuring multi-million-pound research facilities. Sally is responsible for developing Exeter Science Park as a hub for innovative STEMM enterprises across the region and beyond, to deliver new jobs, enhanced productivity and economic growth.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • Harvey Gardner

    Head of Property

    Harvey has over two decades’ experience in managing public and private property. A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Harvey is a trained project management practitioner and holds a Diploma in Rural Estate Management.

    His role as Head of Property involves developing and maintaining Exeter Science Park's estate and property, meeting the demands of high-tech businesses, and encouraging national and international business relocations.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • Mike Pearce

    Finance Manager

    Mike is responsible for helping to secure funding for new buildings, liaising with the shareholders, partners and stakeholders, as well as managing the finance and accounts operation of Exeter Science Park.

    Mike has nearly a decade of experience in a large commercial practice, and is an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualified accountant, as well as holding a BSc Hons in Mathematics and Finance.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • Kym Dyer

    Property Project and Facilities Manager

    Kym has over a decade of experience in facilities management roles and is a PRINCE 2 qualified project management practitioner. At Exeter Science Park, she is responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of support services for projects across the site, including the Science Park Centre and Grow-on Buildings.

    She works closely with our Head of Property to provide the right space and environment for our tenants to thrive.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 247047

  • David Morgan

    Centre Support Officer

    David is the first point of contact for the Science Park Centre, greeting tenants, visitors and guests. As well as managing day-to-day enquiries and keeping all administration up to date, David also supports in organising and setting up events in our conference space.

    Tel: +44 (0)1392 249 222

  • Amy Brown

    Finance Apprentice

    Amy supports our Finance Manager in the accounts operation for Exeter Science Park, managing payments, invoices and supporting the monthly accounts process. Whilst working at Exeter Science Park, Amy is also studying towards her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3 qualification.

Meet the Board

Integral to its success is Exeter Science Park’s board of directors; a network of professionals experienced in a range of sectors, from finance to property, technology to business.

  • Professor Sir William Wakeham, Chair of the Exeter Science Park Board

    Professor Sir William Wakeham, Chair

    A fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Engineering and Technology, as well as the Institute of Physics, eminent academic Professor Sir William Wakeham has been the chair of the Exeter Science Park since 2009 and of the Company since 2015.

    Sir William retired as Vice Chancellor of University of Southampton in 2009 after an eight-year tenure, prior to which, he was Pro-Rector (Research) and both Deputy Rector and Pro-Rector at Imperial College London. In a distinguished career, Sir William holds several international awards for his research, having published seven books and around 400 peer-reviewed papers in the field of transport processes and thermodynamics.

    In 2018, Sir William was awarded one of the highest accolades from the Royal Academy of Engineering - the President’s Medal - in recognition of his work in promoting excellence in engineering.

  • Kevin Blakey

    Kevin Blakey was elected to East Devon District Council in May 2019 and is the Cabinet member holding the Economy portfolio. He is an independent councillor, one of three representing Cranbrook on EDDC.

    He is also a member of Cranbrook Town Council, having been its Chairman from when the council first came into being in 2015 until he relinquished that role after the 2019 elections to allow sufficient time to take on the responsibilities of a district councillor.

    Other posts held include Chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Board and member of the Greater Exeter Strategic Sports Board.

    Kevin works as a business administrator for a specialist optoelectronics engineering unit in Exeter, which is part of a USA-based global business. His career has spanned the insurance, commercial banking, business property and food industries.

  • Paul Chivers

    Paul Chivers is the Managing Director of Evergreen Capital, and brings more than 30 years’ experience of international corporate finance to Exeter Science Park’s board. Paul will advise on corporate governance and finance. Paul holds an honours degree from the University of Liverpool in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and is also an alumnus of London Business School.

    During his career, Paul was Global Head of Project, Structured and Commodity Finance for Credit Agricole Indosuez, worked for Deutsche Bank as a senior Managing Director in Structured Credit Trading, and was Head of Emerging Markets bond origination for BNP Paribas fixed income division.

  • Keri Denton

    Keri is the Head of Economy, Enterprise and Skills at Devon County Council, and has been in post since 2012. She has overall responsibility for implementing the Council’s strategy on economic growth, including investment in economic activity, enterprise, skills and development.

    Keri has been an Exeter Science Park board member since 2012.

  • Jane Dumeresque

    Jane Dumeresque is a Chartered Accountant and MBA with a distinguished career in finance and business; having worked as a CFO for public and private companies including Lawshare Ltd, Syndicate Asset Management PLC and later AFC Energy PLC.

    Jane was more recently Chief Executive of Folk2Folk, a leading FCA-regulated alternative finance lender. Jane was appointed to the ESPL Board in 2018 and is currently a Non-Executive Director a number of high profile organisations.

  • Jon-Paul Hedge

    Jon-Paul Hedge is a Director at Exeter City Council, but his academic background is in Politics with a BSc (Econ) from Swansea University. As a NCE and NCTJ qualified senior journalist he worked for 15 years in regional media before initially joining local government as Director of Communications and Marketing.

    As a member of ECC’s Senior Management Board Jon-Paul’s current remit includes responsibility for Communications, Tourism and Culture through Visit Exeter, Conference Exeter, RAMM, Underground Passages, The Matford Centre and Corn Exchange.

    He is leading on the emerging Exeter Cultural Strategy for Exeter City Council and the feasibility work around a potential new multipurpose performance venue. He is a former founding board member of InExeter (Exeter BID) and joins Exeter Science Park having served as Alternate Director for the Devon tri-council IT service Strata. He is a long standing trustee and former Vice-Chairman of homeless charity Friends of Factory Row. Jon-Paul is a former Editor of Trinity Mirror’s Express and Echo where he led the title’s transformation agenda having worked for both Northcliffe and Local World. He is responsible for Exeter Live Better and co-designing a place based narrative for the city.

  • David Rowe, Exeter Science Park Board Member

    David Rowe

    The founding Director of the University of Warwick Science Park, David looks to bring his experience and expertise to help Exeter Science Park. He believes it has the potential to become one of the leading initiatives of its type in Europe.

    In his 29 years as CEO of Warwick Science Park he drove innovative programmes in enterprise development and technology transfer, while increasing the park's geographical influence and establishing long-term financial sustainability. David received the 2006 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion – Lifetime Achievement, which is awarded annually to just one individual.

  • David Richardson

    Lawyer David Richardson is a partner at the Exeter headquarters of Ashfords, specialising in  residential and commercial development, compulsory purchase and public law. David has been recognised as a leading specialist by the Legal 500, and in Planning Magazine’s nationwide top 50 list of planning lawyers.

    David’s expertise will support the growth and development of Exeter Science Park’s property portfolio.

  • Mike Shore-Nye

    Mike has responsibility for the University of Exeter's entire Professional Services team and for the effective and efficient operations and governance of the University. As a member of the senior management team and Vice Chancellor’s Executive group he plays a major role in the development and implementation of the major strategies and plans that enable the University to fulfil its mission and vision. Mike has a particular responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the University’s Capital Investment Strategies.

    As Secretary to the Chair of Council Mike works to ensure the University conforms to regulatory and legal requirements through the effective application of the dual assurance system in support of robust and effective University governance. Mike is an elected member of the AHUA Executive.

Greater Exeter

Greater Exeter is an exceptional place to do business. The historic city and the surrounding districts of East Devon, Mid Devon and Teignbridge offer excellent lifestyle choices too.   

The city has a thriving business community and is an integral part of a Devon economy built on solid foundations. The county has seen 67 per cent economic growth since 2004 – well above the UK average.

Among its thousands of companies, large and small, business survival rate is five per cent above the national average. 

Transport links to the capital are effective and efficient; three hours by car, just over two hours by train and a one-hour flight from Exeter Airport to London City Airport five days a week; leaving at around 7am, returning at around 7pm.   

It’s a fantastic place to live too. Around 96 per cent of organisations say they have no difficulty retaining staff.  The Met Office relocated to Exeter from Bracknell in 2003, John Lewis opened a city centre store in 2012 and Ikea opened an out of town store in 2018. 

Exeter offers some of the best state and independent schools in Britain and the University of Exeter is one of the UK’s leading Higher Education centres, investing £200 million in research and development in next generation science. 

20,000 new homes are being built in Cranbrook to the East of Exeter and in developments elsewhere in the county.

Close to both Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks, Exeter is a gateway to some of the most picturesque beaches and coastal areas in the UK; a paradise for walkers, cyclists, surfers and sailors.