Charnwood Campus (the former Astra Zeneca site) near Loughborough has been designated the UK’s first ‘Life Sciences Opportunities Zone’ (LSOZ) by Government.
The good news was announced as part of the Midlands Engine Strategy on 9th March, which identifies the Life Sciences sector as a key opportunity for the region.
Being a ‘Life Science Opportunities Zone’ gives the site an official status that raises Leicestershire’s profile in the industry. It will help to attract businesses that specialise in related industries such as health, medicine, pharmaceutical and food science industries to the area.
A group of partners including the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), businesses Almac, 3M and Medilink East Midlands, the Universities of Leicester and Loughborough and the Charnwood Campus site owners came together to form a ‘taskforce’ which submitted the proposal for the site to become an Opportunities Zone to Government in October 2016
Charnwood Campus is a key part of the LLEP’s development plans and is one of the sites within our second Enterprise Zone. It is a key midlands asset that has been recognised in the recent Midlands Engine Science and Innovation Audit as a clear opportunity for growth.
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