Strawberry Fields to help residents work with universities

Gill Millington has been appointed to help businesses located at Chorley's Strawberry Fields to collaborate with universities.

The £8.4m digital hub, set to open this summer, will offer a range of services to resident businesses, including state-of-the-art facilities, superfast broadband, an opportunity to work with other businesses, and free advice and support.

In her new role as university advisor, Gill will provide the link between the businesses and universities in the region to drive creativity. There will also be a full-time on-site business advisor. 

Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “One of the major benefits that businesses moving to the development will have is the access to free advice and support that will help them to reach their full potential.

“We’re delighted to have Gill working with us and I’m sure with her knowledge and track record we’ll see businesses developing new products, getting them to market and being a huge success.”

The site itself offers 40,000sq ft of state-of-the-art office space and will provide high value jobs for hundreds of people and will put Chorley on the map as the centre of the rapidly growing digital sector in Lancashire.

One of the major benefits is the access to free advice and support

The building was part-funded by a £4.1m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be operated by Chorley Council.