Thames Valley Science Park (TVSP) provides laboratories, flexible office space and R&D facilities to start-ups, SMEs and larger companies. It also offers various forms of business support, incubator facilities and networking opportunities. It promotes close links to the University of Reading facilities and research, and to Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub.
TVSP is split across two sites on the edge of Reading. The Gateway Building and Rutherford Cancer Centre are out-of-town in Shinfield (along the M4) whilst the Science and Technology Centre and Enterprise Centre are on the University of Reading Whiteknights campus to the south-east of Reading. The Shinfield site opened in 2018 and is still expanding, with 800,000 sq. ft allocated so far to the development.
Within TVSP, there are four principal Innovation Spaces, each performing a different role:
- The Gateway building (Shinfield) on the new TVSP campus is a multi-occupancy facility offering 70,000 sq. ft of lab and office space aimed at growth-orientated companies.
- The Enterprise Centre (Whiteknights) provides offices to high-growth start-ups (primarily in the technology sector).
- The Innovation Catalyst (Shinfield) is a 65-seat co-working space for small technology firms located within The Gateway building.
- Henley Start-up Business Incubator (Whiteknights and Shinfield) is a single co-working space for University of Reading students or graduates with a start-up business, who are admitted on a competitive basis by the Henley Centre of Entrepreneurship (HCofE). Occupants are offered business support from the HCofE, financial support, networking opportunities and access to the Barclays Eagle Flight Accelerator programme.