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The problem:

Global chemical manufacturer, Scott Bader, is a Common Trusteeship Company, employee owned having been gifted to the workers by its founder Ernest Bader in 1951.  Like many multinational companies, Scott Bader found themselves with excess space on their main site in Wollaston. They had previously let some of the space to a university spin out and recognised the advantages of their joint collaboration.

The problem:

Global chemical manufacturer, Scott Bader, is a Common Trusteeship Company, employee owned having been gifted to the workers by its founder Ernest Bader in 1951.  Like many multinational companies, Scott Bader found themselves with excess space on their main site in Wollaston. They had previously let some of the space to a university spin out and recognised the advantages of their joint collaboration.

Our solution and impact:

Oxford Innovation were introduced to the CEO of Scott Bader through our involvement with the Borough Council of Wellingborough at Wellingborough Innovation Centre. After visiting our Cherwell Innovation Centre, they immediately saw the potential for a similar, shared environment, repurposing one of their empty buildings for chemical and composite related SME’s.

Over a number of months, Jo Willett, OI’s Marketing and Business Development Director, supported Scott Bader in their submission of a grant application to Northamptonshire Enterprises Ltd (NEL) for their Fit for Market Fund. As a result of this they were successful in securing £140,000 to refurbish the Bryson Building and part of the John Hand Laboratory on their Wollaston site.

Since opening in June 2011, the Scott Bader Innovation Centre is home to a broad range of businesses, all focussed on growth in their niche sectors. A unique element of the Innovation Centre support is the potential for links with Scott Bader, who will provide access to advice, R&D capability and equipment via their Measurement Science Group worth up to £1,000 per company and building strong links and fostering a culture of ‘Open Innovation’ with some exciting start-up companies in the chemical industry.

Scott Bader Innovation Centre is dedicated to maintaining a positive community for Northamptonshire’s science and technology businesses to work and excel. With so many businesses under one roof, collaboration is both common and encouraged between companies.

The centre was created as part of Scott Bader’s commitment to giving back to the community, generating new jobs, ideas and inspiration in the local area. In fact, for one full day each year, all Scott Bader employees down tools and get involved in local work for the community.

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