Member news: 3M BIC welcomes several new businessesMember news:

May 9, 2024

Businesses in formulation testing, vet diagnostics, property finance and packaging join the 3M BIC community.

The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield has welcomed new businesses from a range of sectors including packaging, property finance, vet diagnostics and formulation testing.

Urolith, ECO PACK, Crafted and the Charlesworth Family Group have taken offices and labs at the 3M BIC leaving only a few remaining spaces at the centre.

Urolith Diagnostics is a start-up business and aims to improve pet healthcare by accurately detecting the composition of kidney and bladder stones in animals using state-of-the-art spectrometry. The data can be used by vets to determine the best treatment for the pets.

ECO PACK specialises in developing and commercialising sustainable packaging solutions for Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical companies that supply to major FMCG retailers.

Part of the 2M Group of Companies, Crafted works with personal care start-ups as well as established brands to help them realise their brand ambitions, from creating new products, upscaling a successful and growing line or expanding a range.

The Charlesworth family has been in business in Huddersfield since 1928. It became the Charlesworth Family Group following the sale of its printing company in 2010 and publishing division in 2015. The Group initially formed as a vehicle for property investment, but soon branched into investing and providing finance and services for small businesses. It has worked across several industries and countries for over 20 years.

3M BIC’s CEO, Sue Cooke, said:

“It’s fantastic to see innovative businesses becoming part of our community, many of which benefit greatly from our in-house facilities and access to the University of Huddersfield for recruitment and knowledge exchange opportunities.

“They are all from very different sectors and at different stages of growth, so we are looking forward to supporting the businesses to thrive over the coming months and years.”

Martin Leeming, managing director of ECO PACK, said:

“As we scale up, we need to have the right infrastructure in place to deliver the projects we already have and to recruit the talent that we need. Access to 3D printing and the expertise available from the Engineering and Business functions at the University of Huddersfield is the perfect way for us to leverage our own in-house design expertise and provide challenging and rewarding projects to students.”

Other businesses at the 3M BIC include Ionix, Surfachem, Bailey Walsh & Co and Kromek, that have all had a base at the 3M BIC for over a decade, as well as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the centre’s anchor tenant. FIS Information Systems, Water Industry Forum, Simplifai, the Institute for Educational and Social Equity and Kent Pharma are also based at the 3M BIC.

A subsidiary of the University of Huddersfield, the 3M BIC provides office and lab space for growing businesses, meeting and conference rooms, co-working, as well as company address registration and event space discount via its membership.

It also houses expertise and technology for product design and development, product prototyping, such as 3D printers, product analysis, including X-Ray facilities, and digital design capabilities.

More information about the capabilities and available space at the 3M BIC, can be found here.

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