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Businesses have the opportunity to join our thriving community of companies, drawing on active support and collaboration with the University and the expertise and facilities of the Faculty of Science and Engineering located on site.

The Cheshire Science Corridor - Enterprise Zone

Enterprise Zone status at Thornton offers incoming companies the possibility to: build a cost-effective corporate headquarters on site, including all functions such as research and development, and manufacturing capabilities; or to move into an existing office and fully equipped laboratory or workshop space. The adjacent Protos development by Peel Environmental is a strategic hub for energy production, innovation and industry. It offers opportunities to embed research and development and pilot activities in the innovative and collaborative environment at Thornton, whilst planning grow-on and larger scale production and energy facilities at Protos.

Innovation in energy, environment, automation and advanced manufacturing

Ambitious large scale projects such as ‘The Energy Centre’ (Intelligent Energy Systems Demonstrator opening in March 2017) facility at Thornton, offer companies unrivalled possibilities to innovate, interact with clients and supply chain partners, and to use a state-of the- art building for energy technology development and testing.

Business support

Along with dedicated business support functions, the unique benefits to companies based at the Thornton include:

  • Opportunity to forge close collaborative research and development relationships with academic experts
  • Access to students on placements for short-term projects
  • Ability to recruit undergraduate talent emerging from the University's Science and Engineering courses.
    • Read more about the services available from commercial operations
    • Read our case studies of commercial tenants

Careers and employability

We ensure a holistic approach both to employer engagement and to the generation of employment opportunities for students and graduates. The team works effectively with businesses, both large and small, across a wide variety of disciplines.

We understand that effective employer relationships will ensure the curriculum offered is relevant and that we’re producing graduates with self-awareness, specialist, general and transferable skills and the ability to network, as well as providing them with real world experience and awareness.

Businesses that engage with the faculty at Thornton:

  • Gain access to a talented pool of students and graduates
  • Raise their organisation’s profile with students, graduates and academic colleagues
  • Have use of our FREE vacancy advertising service to promote their vacancies, internships and placement opportunities to our students and graduates.


Located in the North West of England with excellent motorway access to M56 and M53. Cities Chester, Liverpool and Manchester are all within easy reach, allowing businesses located here the opportunity to draw upon a large local workforce.

Contact us

For any enquiries about commercial opportunities at Thornton Science Park, please contact: