In January 2014, The Department of Business Innovation and skills issued a funding call to higher education institutions in support of a small number of University Enterprise Zones. These were defined as “… specific geographical areas where universities and businesses work together to increase local growth and innovation”. The two principal research universities in Liverpool (Liverpool University and The John Moores University) collaborated in the creation of the Liverpool Science Park together with the City of Liverpool and, together with Professor Leatherbarrow in the LJMU, a proposal for funding a Liverpool UEZ was submitted in March 2014. Analysing the publication of a Local Enterprise Partnership study of manufacturing in the City Region, it was decided to build the application around the creation of a world-leading UEZ in sensor technologies. I was the Principal Investigator on the proposal which was received most enthusiastically by the Liverpool LEP and, more generally the manufacturing sector with large multi-nationals and SMEs providing strong letters of support for the proposal; The Office of The Mayor also pledged £2m in support.