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Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford and Kempston, has visited Cranfield University Technology Park to learn more about the leading innovative businesses based there and the technical advancements being made in the region.

Screenetics, Prolite and Cabair, all based at the Tech Park’s Innovation Centre, gave tours of their offices and explanations of their latest innovations to the MP, who also took part in a flight simulation provided by Cabair. The three businesses exemplify the type of organisation that is attracted to Tech Park which aims to encourage and facilitate the development of knowledge-based businesses.

The companies that were introduced to Mr Fuller vary greatly in the types of sectors in which they operate: Pro-Lite develops, manufactures and supplies materials that measure, generate and control the optical properties of materials using an extensive arsenal of equipment; Screenetics are innovators in the corporate health screening market, tailoring health screening programmes to suit every organisation and every budget; Cabair is a leading aviation and aircraft training provider, offering the highest standards available of commercial and private pilot training and working closely with leading airlines to ensure that employment is available for its graduates.

After the visit Richard Fuller, said:

“The businesses I visited compete in very different sectors but they share the same passion for entrepreneurship. We need to nurture that passion to create the next generation of businesses and jobs and Cranfield University Technology Park has a critical role to play in making that happen.”

Val Kidd, Innovation Centre Manager, commented:

“The Innovation Centre here at the Tech Park is home to some of the country’s leading innovative businesses and it was great to be able to show the MP the brilliant work being delivered from the Tech Park. Young, pioneering companies of the type we have at the Tech Park thrive on the interest taken by those outside, as well as inside, their industries, and this visit was the perfect opportunity to really show what they can do.”

Cranfield University Technology Park is an 80 acre site situated adjacent to Cranfield University on which St. Modwen alone has already developed over 116,000 sq ft of business accommodation which is occupied by over 40 businesses. Office suites from 145 sq ft – 1,800 sq ft in the Innovation Centre, from 2,000 – 20,000 sq ft in front door offices and an HQ office of 31,000 sq ft are available. It is also home to Nissan’s 220,000 sq ft European Technical Centre. The Tech Park is a member of the UK Science Park Association and as such, St. Modwen’s bespoke buildings including an Innovation Centre are designed to facilitate the development and management of innovative, high growth, knowledge-based organisations. The tenants at the Park benefit from a high quality environment with generous car parking and landscaping providing an ideal setting for new and established businesses alike. For more information on availability, please contact Richard Last at Brown & Lee on 01908 508 100.