Technology park is flagship of new science network

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A BUSINESS park in Havant has joined forces with five other facilities around the UK to create the Business Environments for Science and Technology (Best) Network.

Langstone Technology Park is now part of a nationwide network of science and technology parks which began operating as a single entity yesterday.

They are all owned by LaSalle Investment Management, and the facility at Langstone is operated by Fasset.

Langstone Technology Park’s managing director, Gary Medlow, said: ‘This is a big rebrand of six science parks, and I would say that Langstone is the flagship of all of them.

‘This means we are part of a family of six, we’ve got a new and fantastic website, and it makes our offer much stronger.’

Gary said that while nothing materially will change for its 30 companies which call the park their home, being part of a group will mean they could use the other five facilities.

Spanning the UK from Edinburgh to the south coast, Best Network combines well-established clusters for hi-tech businesses at Edinburgh Technopole, Hexagon Tower in Manchester, Kent Science Park, Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, Wilton Centre in Teesside as well as Langstone.

European director at LaSalle, Andrew Bull, said: ‘Few businesses work well in isolation.

‘They need support, flexibility and investment from a landlord.

‘Inspiration is vital too and that comes from sharing ideas with other like-minded businesses.

‘Make sure those factors are in place and we’ll be able to turn the great ideas coming out of the UK into great businesses.’

New signs for Langstone Technology Park are due in the next couple of months and the official unveiling of the brand is taking place at the Wilton Centre, as the park there hosts a national conference of the UK Science Park Association.

There will also be a local unveiling with Havant MP David Willetts, who is also the government’s science minister, in July.