These multinational organisations benefit from excellent transport links to Glasgow by road and rail, and quick access to international airports at both Glasgow and Prestwick. Nearby universities and colleges have internationally renowned research programmes in life sciences and a new £10million clinical research facility at the South Glasgow Hospitals Campus – due for completion in 2015 – will build on collaboration across universities and life sciences businesses.
Irvine’s Life Sciences Enterprise Area, launched in April 2012, creates a vibrant, competitive and sustainable business location in a beautiful part of the country, offering financial incentives to new businesses locating within it through rate relief and capital allowances.
Irvine has the largest designated Enterprise Area in Scotland, covering a total of 132 hectares across three sites: the GlaxoSmithKline plant, Annickbank, and the Irvine Industry and Innovation Business Park (i3). At 200 acres in size, i3 is the largest fully-serviced site in the northern UK. Annickbank is a 6-hectare site with planning permission for 1,500 sq m of high-quality office space.
GlaxoSmithKline is celebrating 40 years of success in North Ayrshire, where its Irvine plant produces 2,500 tonnes of penicillin annually. A recent £50million investment in the plant will provide opportunity for new employment with the creation of 20 new jobs in the next five years.
The life sciences sector plays a significant role in North Ayrshire’s plans for economic expansion. The Irvine Bay Enterprise Area is a core component of Scotland’s ambition to double the contribution of life sciences to the economy from £3billion to £6billion by 2020. Further, North Ayrshire Council has implemented a scheme in local schools to enable students to work with local businesses to develop an interest in the practical aspects of scientific development, investing in the scientists of the future.
To find out about how North Ayrshire can support your life sciences business to grow contact us on 01294 449944.