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New 3M Buckley Innovation Centre enhances team as it looks to boost awareness of its revolutionary opportunities for businesses

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The newly opened 3M Buckley Innovation Centre has appointed a PR consultant as it looks to raise more awareness of its unique business culture.

The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Kirklees Council, is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built building that offers a variety of support designed to assist dynamic business growth. The centre will open doors for companies to penetrate national and international markets, will house the latest in technology, and will make financial and commercial support accessible for all tenants.

Based on Firth Street in Huddersfield, within close proximity to the University, the centre will also act as a catalyst to promote business to business and business to higher education collaboration, and will provide access to applied research and development projects involving researchers and wider support from the University of Huddersfield.

Emily Raleigh comes on board as PR consultant to promote the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre as a centre of excellence. Her remit is to attract businesses that would benefit from the centre’s ethos, by highlighting the state-of-the art facilities available on the pioneering Innovation Avenue, the flexible workspaces on offer, and the access to financial, technical and commercial support.

Emily previously worked for full-service communications agency, Kindred, and brings with her a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors, in particular the health, education and pharmaceutical arenas.

The team is headed up by managing director, business expert, and former executive director of marketing at the Co-operative Group, Patrick Allen. Patrick played an instrumental role in the rebrand of the Co-op, which saw it jump from outside the top 50 British retailers to a place in the top six. Patrick’s successful career, which includes many international businesses, led to the University taking him on as MD, to ensure the £12 million centre attracts the right companies and reaches its full potential.

Patrick will work closely with Resident Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, founder of Galpharm International and local businessman, Graham Leslie, who will invest his entrepreneurial experience and knowledge among companies within the centre to help them grow into successful businesses.

Both Graham and Patrick are also co-founders of investment company One Degree Connect.

Managing Director, Patrick Allen, said: We’ve been putting together the final touches to the centre, but now is the time to showcase to the world what the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre is all about. The centre is a business for businesses and will house the best of the best, from larger SMEs to business start ups from the high-tech arena. These businesses will benefit from the ability to collaborate with like-minded companies within the centre, as well as the access to the University’s key research centres.

Our aim is to give businesses the best possible start and help them grow and fulfil their potential. The centre is a place where invention meets commercialisation and will consequently put Huddersfield on the map as the place to be for innovation and enterprise, as well as boost the regional economy. As Theo Paphitis said when he came to visit the centre in September, If I was going to need space for my business and I wanted to have the support that will be surrounding me to grow my business, and the expertise, I can’t think why you’d want to be anywhere else – I couldn’t have put it better myself!

For more information on the facilities and services on offer at 3MBIC, go to or call 01484 473 331

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