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YORK is seeing a boom among high growth science and technology firms as three companies expand into larger premises at the city’s Science Park.
York Science Park has seen resident businesses Aptamer Group, GameSparks and IIC Technologies physically expand their footprint to meet increase demand for their services.
GameSparks, a platform provider for mobile games developers has grown so much in the last year, it is now taking on another office and taking down a wall to accommodate its rapidly expanding team.
The company, which first moved in the Science Park’s Springboard facility in 20213, was founded by software architect Gabriel Page, corporate strategist Griffin Parry, and sales and marketing expert John Griffin, who have driven the GameSparks forward to boast more than 100 large-scale clients as well as thousands of smaller developers.
Elsewhere on the Science Park, Aptamer Group has expanded its team in the last year have taking on a mixture of full time staff, and several PHD students and graduates.
The company’s expanding team of 22 is now split between York, Dublin and the US.
Mr Page said: “GameSparks helps turbo-charge the games-making community and make sophisticated capabilities more accessible to the smaller developer , but with an established developer showing the way. Better tools make better games, and the better developer gravitates to them. Perhaps this is what has helped GameSparks on the road to success.”
To accommodate the growing team, and increasing project work, the company has recently moved into more space in the Bio Centre, meaning it now occupies almost an entire wing of the building.
Arron Tolley, chief executive at Aptamer, which creates synthetic alternatives to antibodies for the life sciences market, said: “Since moving to the Science Park in 2012 we have been fortunate to have been able to expand over a period of time that’s allowed us to increase staff levels without stretching the team.
“Our most recent increases in staff numbers meant we needed more space for us to take on new projects, and a recent grant has allowed us to buy new equipment including some cutting edge robot technology.”
Also expanding is IIC Technologies, which moved to The Catalyst in 2013. The company offers solutions and services for the acquisition, management, integration and dissemination of geospatial data, serving customers in aviation, defence, government, infrastructure, marine, oil and gas, transportation and utility sectors.
In April last year directors made the decision to expand their office space to accommodate their expanding team, and new projects they were taking on. This led to them taking up residency in one of the largest offices in The Catalyst.
Steve Sawden, director IIC Technologies said: “New technologies have brought new ways of presenting data.
“In 2010 we acquired Photarc, a company which had a reputation as a measured building surveyors, using sophisticated close-range photogrammetric techniques. Added to this is the sophisticated laser scanning technology capturing 3D data so in addition to plans, sections and elevations, we can present clients with 3D images showing how a building will look and even how it looked at a chosen period in the past.”
Tracey Smith, CEO at York Science Park said: “It’s great to see clear evidence of expansion and such positive news from the technology sector and the fact that such a large number have taken on more staff in the last year and even more are planning to expand in 2016.
“The Science Park is designed to support the growth and development of early stage companies in the creative, IT, lab, digital and media sectors and clearly GameSparks, The Aptamer Group and IIC Technologies are thriving examples of the type of success being achieved here.”
"It’s great to see clear evidence of expansion and such positive news from the technology sector and the fact that such a large number have taken on more staff in the last year and even more are planning to expand in 2016." Tracey Smith - CEO, York Science Park