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Liverpool’s Sensor City officially opened by business secretary

Liverpool’s Sensor City was officially opened by the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy yesterday (8 November).

Greg Clark was joined by a number of other key figures to celebrate the landmark joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram; Alison Mitchell, executive director of Sensor City; Professor Nigel Weatherill DL, vice chancellor of LJMU and chairman of the Sensor City Board; and Professor Janet Beer, vice chancellor of the University of Liverpool also attended the technical innovation centre in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

During the next decade Sensor City aims to create 300 start-up businesses and 1,000 jobs, foster industry-academic collaborations, bring together knowledge and experience in technology, support high-tech firms working on sensor systems and applications, and stimulate business growth regionally, nationally and internationally.

On opening the facility, which accommodates start-ups, entrepreneurs and big businesses looking to access sensor related skills and equipment, MP Greg Clark said: “Our modern Industrial Strategy has an ambitious long-term vision for the UK. We are committed to building on our strengths as a country and delivering a high-skilled economy for the years ahead.

“Sensor City will help us deliver on this ambition and make a valuable contribution to this work, driving forward innovation.”

Professor Weatherill added: “Sensor City embodies a truly pioneering partnership that will enable Liverpool to be a leading British city in addressing modern industrial challenges through sensor technology. It is testament to the significance of Sensor City that Greg Clark, secretary of state for business and energy, is launching the facility and he will see first-hand how sensor products developed here in Liverpool, are already breaking boundaries in healthcare, sports and gaming innovation.”