Grant Thornton has become the first professional services firm to open a permanent office at Liverpool City Region's science and technology campus, Sci-Tech Daresbury.

The move will see the firm's regional Head of Innovation, Ian Rowland, and his tax team working from the campus. The innovation tax team boasts a number of finance experts with technical experience, and backgrounds in engineering, science and computer software.

In addition to traditional accounting and advisory services, the office will also offer Grant Thornton's newly-launched G service aimed at supporting start-ups and solo entrepreneurs.

Grant Thornton has been a Gold Partner of Sci-Tech Daresbury for the last six years, supporting a number of the 130 dynamic, high-growth companies at the site.

Ian Rowland described the move as "a natural progression" for the firm.

"We already work with a number of the site's high-growth, established businesses and a permanent physical presence will undoubtedly facilitate these ongoing relationships," he said.

"But Sci-Tech Daresbury also boasts a dynamic collective of entrepreneurial startups and solo operators, which are a perfect fit for the holistic business support package and the network afforded by the G programme."

John Downes, group managing director of Langtree and chair of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture company, added: "Grant Thornton has been a very strong supporter of the Sci-Tech Daresbury community for many years. 

"The establishment of this new base at Sci-Tech Daresbury is a fantastic addition to the campus and another important step in our vision to position ourselves as a world-leading location that places innovation and collaboration at its heart."

The campus is home to internationally-renowned companies including IBM, Hitachi High-Technologies Europe, Perfectus Biomed and Robotik Technology. In total, 30 new companies moved to the site in 2017.