A note from the Operations Director

17 November 2017

Faith in the future

This issue of Park News is positively brimming with evidence of success based on, not only good science and business acumen, but confidence.

We are witnessing future-focused investment at all stages of the business spectrum, from start-up to multinational – and it’s all happening right here on the Science Park.

At one end of the scale, we welcome eight fantastic new businesses to the Science Park for this year’s Catalyst programme. These businesses are all potential game-changers in their field: from healthcare to artificial intelligence, there’s a hotbed of creativity, energy and determination already evident in the Catalyst Centre that I am sure will fast-track their potential. Could their ideas complement your own?

At the other end of the scale we have well-established sector leaders choosing to expand their operations here in Southampton. Promega will be building its new UK HQ here; Merck has expanded into new laboratories; Aareon is consolidating its acquisition of 1st Touch with a new base; and CRITICAL Software is expanding operations with a new division.

In the wider context of a volatile global social, political and economic landscape, these stories are evidence of businesses not just carrying on, but adjusting, trusting and confidently facing the future.

Adam Smith famously once said: “All money is a matter of belief”. Some three hundred years later a certain Steve Jobs echoed the sentiment. He said: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life.”

The concept is certainly not new – but it’s truer than ever