Our Vision Edinburgh Innovation Park will bring together academic research and knowledge exchange with Scotland’s emerging and developing food and drink businesses in a new rounded community that allows business start-ups with the spark of an idea to rub shoulders with more established SMEs and industry giants, and to access the country’s leading centres of research excellence. The Park will be unique in the market and complementary to other centres of innovation in the region. The name reflects the park’s attractiveness as a location within the wider Edinburgh city region, which is made up of East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Scottish Borders and Fife as well as Scotland’s capital city.
Universities have a pivotal role in innovation and in making connections with regional, national and international markets that can benefit SMEs and companies undertaking R&D. Queen Margaret University
has built an international reputation in the food and drink sector, particularly in relation to market-ready research in the area of new product development and functional and healthy foods.
Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, Europe and the USA. In partnership with industry bodies, such as Scotland Food and Drink, QMU has been a key player in transforming the food and drink sector from one deemed to have a ‘low capacity for innovation’ to a sector that now rivals oil and gas in terms of innovation led economic growth. Scotland accounts for almost 19% of the total European food and drink manufacturing sector by turnover.
Proposals centre around creation of two distinct areas on the land adjacent to QMU’s campus. A commercial hub will provide retail and leisure facilities for students, staff and the surrounding local communities. The innovation park plays to the University's strengths in research and knowledge exchange in food and drink, complementing existing campus facilities and providing a platform to foster entrepreneurship and enterprise in a supportive environment.
Edinburgh Innovation Park will break the mould with the UK’s first National Food and Drink Enterprise Centre providing specialist facilities and services required to support R&D and food science. A second centre will provide facilities for the very wide range of SME sectors innovating across all the services required by the food and drink sector – from design through to new materials.
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Just minutes by train or car from the centre of Scotland’s capital city with its excellent transport networks, Edinburgh Innovation Park will be located adjacent to Queen Margaret University with direct A1 arterial access north and south. Tenants will benefit from:
• Train station within a two minute walk • Bus stops on site • On-site parking available • Green transport policy • Close proximity to international airports and seaport • Cycle routes • Easy access to University facilities including sports centre, cafe, library and extensive grounds
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