The Duke of York visited a research centre in Runcorn this week.

Duke of York

Duke of York

Prince Andrew visited the town in Cheshire, England, on Wednesday (31.05.17) to unveil a new site for the computing and data analytics facility at The Hartree Centre in Daresbury, as part of Sci-Tech Daresbury's collaboration with IBM, the has reported.

The 57-year-old royal is the patron of Sci-Tech Daresbury, and as part of his role as tried to raise awareness of British science, technology and engineering.

And Andrews recent visit to the site "delighted" the company who have opened up about how appreciative they are of his assistance and "commitment" to a "regional small and medium sized enterprises".

John Downes, group managing director of Langtree and chairman of the Sci-Tech Daresbury, said: "The Duke of York's visit is a reflection of his commitment to the sector and to the collaborative efforts at the Hartree Centre.

"We are delighted that he has taken so much time to understand how regional small and medium sized enterprises are working successfully with universities and big corporations to advance their ideas and enhance the innovation culture."

Hartree Centre's aim is to boost the computing and data technologies across the UK, and to develop programmes to assist in various aspects among a range of industries.

The company boasts a successful history and they plan to continue to grow.

Downes continued: "The Hartree Centre is at the heart of our ambition, helping to facilitate collaboration to maximise the impact of our research base to enable business innovation and ultimately societal transformation.

"Over recent years the Hartree Centre has achieved many successes and enabled many projects and as it moves into phase three it will increase the momentum to ensure science, innovation and industrial strength are intrinsically linked.

"The new building and this new phase in the collaborative relationship with IBM is a big step forward.

"Co-locating researchers and technical teams from both organisations and others means the Hartree Centre's capabilities to innovate and help UK businesses take advantage of home-grown technical advances are further secured."

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