Government funding of £30 million, being made available through the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal, will contribute towards the development of Edinburgh Innovation Park on land next to the University campus, a joint development by East Lothian Council and QMU.
An innovation hub will facilitate an expansion of the University’s existing Scottish Centre for Food Development & Innovation and will also provide flexible commercial space for small and medium sized businesses in the food & drink sector.
The ability to set the University at the heart of a major hub for economic development in East Lothian, based around the University’s expertise in food and drink, was one of the key factors which influenced the University’s decision to relocate to East Lothian in 2007...Professor Petra Wend, Principal, Queen Margaret University
Businesses will have ready access to the University’s expertise in the healthy food and drink product market, including the development of new leading-edge functional foods and reformulation of existing products.
The innovation park will form part of a wider development of the land around the University campus, which will include a retail, leisure, and food & beverage Commercial Zone as well as up to 1,500 new housing units (including 375 affordable units) and a new primary school.
Complementing the deal, a Regional Employability and Skills Programme will deliver better outcomes for all the region and particularly those people facing significant disadvantages to securing and sustaining meaningful, high quality employment...