SUPPORT, growth and nationwide networking will now be available to firms based at Langstone Technology Park in Havant.
The park has officially launched its inclusion into the Best Network, a network of six commercial parks committed to helping the science and technology firms of the future find their feet and thrive.
The emphasis at Langstone Technology Park is on data storage and IT technology – something which has been entrenched at the site from the 1960s when it was IBM’s national Research and Development hub, and then in the 80s, when Xyratex first made its data storage devices there.
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. All are owned by LaSalle Investment Management.
Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, which manages the park, said: ‘I’m personally very, very proud of Langstone Technology Park. It’s half a million square foot of space, and it’s pretty much full.
‘If we can take this initiative and deploy it over the next three to five years we will be very busy and it will be beneficial to all.’
David Willetts, Havant MP and minister of state for science and universities, said: ‘What’s going on here is absolutely at the heart of the government’s agenda, and I’m absolutely confident this initiative will grow and grow.’