We need to raise Cheshire’s profile as an international destination for science and technological innovation – that was the rallying call from industry leaders this week. 

Jane Gaston, Development Director at Protos, joined the panel at an event led by the Cheshire and Warrington LEP to shine a spotlight on the region’s existing assets and future growth ambitions.

She discussed how, by creating a bespoke cluster of energy related industries, the North West could gain prominence on the national and international map for innovation in new technologies.

Speaking at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, Jane said: “Energy is a fundamental part of attracting businesses to this region.  We need to work together towards a common goal to attract innovative businesses to the North West, and then provide them with the support and vital ingredients they need to help them scale up.

“Delivering a cluster of energy generators in the North West responds directly to the needs of established and new industries.  At Protos, we’re ensuring this spans the energy mix. This will increase resilience and security of supply, as well as delivering low-cost and low-carbon energy to users.  This in itself is a key driver when businesses are making a decision on where to locate.”

She sat alongside speakers from destinations including Sci-Tech Daresbury and Alderley Park, as well as Liverpool-based tech disruptor Red Ninja and Colliers International.

The event, staged by Place North West, tackled key themes such as how the North’s city regions work together to attract investment; the unique offer the North West can make to start-ups and internationally-recognised brands; and how industries can compete with the lure of the South East.

With some of the UK’s most progressive businesses and scientific assets, the challenge is now to grow awareness of the Cheshire Science Corridor as the ultimate place to live, work and invest.

John Adlen, Growth Director at the Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “It’s important we don’t get hung up on boundaries, on a world stage it doesn’t make a difference what we call it.  What is important is that we start to sell our assets together as one voice.  Collaboration will help us create an eco-system that puts Cheshire on the maps for global innovation.”