Science and innovation campus Sci-Tech Daresbury has unveiled a series of new partnerships to enhance the support available for businesses on the site.

Tech giant IBM, professional services firm Grant Thornton, intellectual property specialist Marks & Clerk, business consultancy RTC North, law firm Slater Heelis and the University of Liverpool have been named “Gold Partners” for 2017 and 2018.

The group of companies will provide the 120 businesses based at Sci-Tech Daresbury with high-level strategic support in a number of areas including intellectual property, financial and tax management, corporate finance, legal services and scientific research.

The companies on campus will also have access to specialist skills and advice through events and roundtable seminars.

"The high-growth SMEs we have here require access to very specific, high level expertise and technical facilities,” John Downes, managing director of Langtree and member of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture board, said.

"Sci-Tech Daresbury’s Gold Partner scheme addresses these needs in areas such as commercialisation, finance and taxation, IP management, corporate governance and securing funding.

“We are delighted to have the six on board, a number of which have consistently supported this programme over several years. We’re confident that their varied areas of expertise and contacts will prove hugely valuable to the SMEs on site.”