NatureMetrics, a leading nature data business, is today welcomed by Angela Richardson MP as the first major new business relocation to Surrey Research Park this year.
After a year of the economy stalling, Surrey Research Park is experiencing strong activity having recently reported the highest level of occupancy ever. One of the cluster areas at Surrey Research Park that is growing significantly is the environmental sector and NatureMetrics is set to grow fast after receiving £6.5 million investment to scale-up.
NatureMetrics is a world-leading provider of biodiversity monitoring data, using environmental DNA surveys. It delivers biodiversity data to businesses, NGOs and governments using tiny traces of DNA left behind in the environment by all species from bacteria to blue whales.
Angela Richardson MP for Guildford comments: “The economy has been paused for the last year, but it is so promising to see Surrey Research Park is witnessing a strong rebound. NatureMetrics is set to bring high value jobs to Guildford and is another valuable addition to a growing community of environmental firms located on the Park. The preservation of our environment and biodiversity has to be top of the agenda and the growth of this sector in Guildford is especially pleasing given the UK’s role in hosting COP26 later in the year.”
NatureMetrics is run by three women, Dr Kat Bruce, founder and CTO, Katie Critchlow, CEO and Dr Juliet Jones, COO who also gained her PhD at University of Surrey. The company currently employs 50 people but expects to grow to over 70 by the end of the year. NatureMetrics is currently recruiting in business development, communications and laboratory and data science
Katie Critchlow, CEO of NatureMetrics comments:
“The world is waking up to the need to reverse the current decline in nature and we are experiencing rapid growth in a sector that is at the forefront of the political agenda. Surrey Research Park offers the ideal collaborative environment with a community of like-minded businesses and access to the University’s world-class research in sustainability, as well as a convenient location for a wide range of talent in London and the south east as we scale up.”
Grant Bourhill, CEO of Surrey Research Park, comments:
“The ecosystem within Surrey is special. We have a range of clusters of excellence including space, human and animal health, digital and sustainability. It is both the growth of these individual sectors in addition to how these sectors will collaborate and cross-fertilise, that will become the economic engine in a post-covid world. We know that many of our tenants are anticipating growth this year and are already recruiting to increase their headcount. I am delighted that as covid restrictions are beginning to lift, we are seeing the green shoots of economic expansion, with NatureMetrics being the first company to relocate and join our community here at the Surrey Research Park.”
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