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New M-SParc App Launched

M-SParc app puts future development at your fingertips.

Menai Science Park, along with tenant company Animated Technologies, are proud to release the first M-SParc app; bringing M-SParc closer to tenants and the public, and continuing M-SParc’s ethos of being engaging and transparent in all they do. 

When M-SParc opened its doors 5 years ago, marketing relied heavily on social media and even leaflets through the letter boxes of the local community.  Now in 2024, as AI is being taught as part of the new curriculum and Virtual Reality experiences are as accessible as switching on the television, marketing need to be varied and creative to hold people’s attention. In order to do just that, Bangor University’s Science Park launched and app today to bring M-SParc to your fingertips. 

The app, launched today, includes points of interests, including available plots and site history. There is also a treasure hunt! Tenants can also access the booking portal through the app, to easily hire our rooms with a 50% discount. The app is best enjoyed here at M-SParc, and is available to download on most mobile devices.

The app allows our tenant community to connect with each other and with us in new ways, ensuring they get the very best from their tenant experience and can collaborate with their 53 peer companies on site easily! It also brings M-SParc to life for the community and innovators who may not yet be part of our ecosystem. You can walk the site and learn facts about our work, and see what plots are available, as well as what developments are on their way. It’s important to us that we’re not working ‘behind closed doors’ – M-SParc is for everyone and we’re transparent about our work.

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Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts, Outreach and Community Manager, M-SParc

The app was developed by Animated Technologies, a digital agency based at M-SParc since 2019 which creates engaging animations and immersive interactive applications.

Working with M-SParc is always a pleasure, and we are very happy to be part of the great ecosystem here. The app was developed with the intention to build an AR application to showcase the building, future expansion plans, make communication more accessible and of course to show off our ability to build AR apps! The great thing about this kind of project is how it benefits everyone, from tenants to M-SParc itself, to the Welsh economy, helping us upskill our team, and helping get the word out about the great work that happens here!

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Josef Roberts

Josef Roberts, Project Manager, Animated Technologies

Since locating at M-SParc, Animated Technologies have recruited 6 new members off staff, all local to north Wales, and is working with organisations as varied as Anglesey Council, Tidal Sails companies in Norway, and Active Silicone in North America!    

International connections are commonplace at M-SParc, as the company itself and its tenants develop new products for the local and international market, taking Wales global. 

Emily Roberts continued:

The app also provides a way for any company looking to invest into Wales to see the real opportunities to develop here.  Creating careers for local people is one of our key priorities, and by attracting more companies, we know more opportunities will follow. We’ve helped create over 80 careers so far, with average wages of £5k more than the Wales average. It’s exciting to see the economic impact we can make as we continue to grow.

Tenants downloaded the app for the first time at a networking breakfast event, and worked in teams to be the first to complete the Treasure Hunt! You can download ‘M-SParc’ for free from Apple or Google stores. 

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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

tom@m-sparc.com

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.