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Deputy Director for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Visits Innovation Martlesham

October 17, 2013

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Innovation Martlesham welcomed a visit from Ian Gregory, Deputy Director of BIS East/London at Adastral Park on 26th September 2013.

The topics discussed involved encouraging companies to relocate their business, attracting and keeping talent in this region, the challenges facing Start-Up companies and how BIS initiatives can provide support.

Ian Gregory’s visit included meeting Jim Marshall, CEO Ifftner Solutions Ltd, an IT Recruitment agency specialising in contract and permanent positions nationwide (http://www.ifftner.com/home) and Yuvraj Padmanabhan, Director of MindGraph, a social research company that aims to deliver deep consumer insights by harnessing the power of social big data to businesses, to optimise decision making in their product development, identify new market opportunities & improve the effectiveness of marketing programs (www.mindgraph.co.uk) .

Ian Gregory said “It was a great pleasure to visit Innovation Martlesham. I was very impressed by the facilities I saw on site and the range of businesses, large and small, choosing to locate here. There is a very exciting ICT and high tech hub developing in Suffolk and I hope BIS can help in making sure that its success is better known.”

The visit finished with a tour of some of the Innovation Martlesham buildings at Adastral Park.

“We were delighted to host Ian Gregory and appreciate his interest in Innovation Martlesham”  said Ian Buxton, Chairman of Innovation Martlesham  “Attracting and retaining technical talent is a key objective for the Eastern Region and we are pleased to offer a ‘collaborative ecosystem’ to attract start-ups and established businesses. Our incubator facility is proving successful at getting forward-thinking business people with great ideas into a position to start their own, innovative companies with the help of our business mentors and free accommodation. It is a great pleasure to speak with like-minded individuals and discuss how initiatives such as those run by BIS can make a difference in our region.”



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