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102 England | Associate Member UKSPA Directory 2017 Plymouth's award- winning Formation Zone helps get business ideas off the ground Formation Zone Locati on 2nd Floor, Marine Building Plymouth University Drake Circus Plymouth PL4 8AA Contact detai l s Enterprise Solutions T: 0800 052 5600 E: enterprisesolutions@ Formation Zone is Plymouth University’s award-winning incubation space. On campus, the Incubator is positioned in the prestigious Marine Building supporting our key target sectors of creative industries, high-tech, marine, environmental, advanced engineering, health and wellbeing. for those with a business idea they’d like to start and develop. Since 2007, Formation Zone has supported 200 businesses. Starting in a dedicated business Incubator increases the chance of start-up success – 80% of businesses started with Formation Zone continue to thrive. Formation Zone is Plymouth’s only independently accredited business Incubator. In 2013 we won the national award for Achievement in Business Incubation, acknowledging best practice in business start-up support. In 2015 we were awarded NEF Investor in Innovations status and accredited with the NEF Award in Innovation and Knowledge Exchange. The Formation Zone Manager is a NEF Certified Innovation Practitioner. Formation Zone is open to anyone who can demonstrate innovation, high standards, and potential for growth – you don’t have to be a Plymouth University student/graduate to apply. Formation Zone provides a vibrant, collaborative, supportive environment and is perfect Business Support The dedicated and experienced Formation Zone team is based in the office, ensuring that tenants get the support and assistance required, including opportunities to tap into the knowledge and expertise at Plymouth University. The ongoing support package gives tenants a monthly opportunity to meet with a business advisor and work-based coach, as well as opportunities to meet with a Patent Attorney to discuss Intellectual Property issues. Working alongside like-minded people provides peer support and increases motivation. Being part of the network of Formation Zone businesses and alumni may lead to supply chain and collaboration opportunities. Tran sp or t l i nks N e a r by Sat Nav ref: PL4 8AA Railway and coach stations just a few minutes’ walk Facilities and Services We have 44 workstations available, allowing flexible growth for over 30 companies. Formation Zone offers a workstation in an open plan office space; this dedicated workspace makes businesses more productive and helps to separate work and home life. Workstations are furnished and allocated (i.e. not hot desks) and the package includes business support and access to quality meeting rooms. Formation Zone facilities and services can be accessed seven days a week from 07:00 to 22:30, and both a lift and disabled parking are available. ■ Str a te g i c n e tw o r k Plymouth City Centre Royal William Yard Plymouth Hoe Plymouth University GAIN Santander Universities