Drift Racing and SwimFin flourish at innovation centre

March 30th 2021

Drift Racing of the remote controlled variety is set to take Northamptonshire by storm thanks to RC Pace, a new business that has launched at Scott Bader Innovation Centre in Wollaston.  The popular children’s floating aid company, SwimFin, has also moved to the centre.

Founder of RC Pace, James Simpson – who has previously competed in Japan’s R/C Drift World Cup in addition to judging the R/C Drift World Championships – is bringing his world-class experience home to Northamptonshire as he seeks to design and establish a permanent R/C Drift track that will bring competitors and spectators to the UK as well as developing British talent.

The company has initially opened for business with an online shop selling Drift cars worldwide that range in price from £500 and RC Pace is able to showcase the vehicles by recording videos from its office space (140 sq. ft.) at Scott Bader Innovation Centre.

James Simpson, Founder of RC Pace said: “It has been extremely difficult to find premises and a Landlord that will take a new business seriously in these times, especially one that specialises in remote controlled Drift Racing. I’m extremely grateful to the Scott Bader Innovation Centre team for believing in my business, which should be turning over six figures by the end of this year.

“I’m still actively looking for a warehouse in Northamptonshire to design and build a permanent track, which will bring tourism to the area and firmly place our county on the R/C Drift map.  The flexibility offered by Scott Bader Innovation Centre will allow that business progression to happen, without being trapped by red tape associated with a traditional office lease.”

Meanwhile, local business SwimFin has relocated from Northampton to Scott Bader Innovation Centre to take advantage of having office and storage space (230 sq. ft.) close to employees’ homes and at the same location as a swimming pool that can potentially be hired  for marketing photo-shoots.

Famous for its iconic shark-fin float – a teaching aid, flotation device and fun water toy worn by children and adults alike and even some dogs – SwimFin has become the world’s leading and independently accredited swimming aid, also supported by Australian four times Olympic gold medallist, Libby Trickett, a SwimFin ambassador.

Emma Jones, Office Manager, SwimFin, said: “We are delighted with the move to Scott Bader Innovation Centre and we were up and running within an hour of being here.  It is a perfect location for us as we prepare for a busy time with swim schools due to open from 12th April 2021.  We are also looking to grow the business by striking up more distributor agreements in addition to developing our SwimFin range to include UV vests and new accessories.  The on-site swimming pool here will be very useful for us!”

SwimFin and RC Pace are not the only thriving businesses associated with Scott Bader Innovation Centre with TRI Care Solutions expanding within the centre to a larger office (165 sq. ft.) and international car and motorcycle procurement and shipping company, Shippio, graduating from the centre to its own premises on Williams Way in Wollaston.

Shippio has a number of high profile clients including Bonhams Auction House, members of Middle Eastern Royal Family along with TV personalities, Noel Edmonds and America’s Jay Leno.   Founder of the company, Giles Ernsting, said:

“The shipping and procurement of classic cars and motorcycles is quite a niche business to be in, but fortunately, our reputation has aided our continued success during the challenges of the pandemic and Brexit. Our clients appreciate that we are experts at what we do and we are a nimble business that is able to navigate the red tape of Brexit.

“The support from Scott Bader Innovation Centre and Rita Cebula, has been exceptional.  We were afforded the flexibility to expand or contract to suit the business and that flexibility proved invaluable as we negotiated terms on our new premises.  We have only moved on from the centre as we have grown to need more storage space.”

Scott Bader Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading operator of business and innovation centres with over 20 years’ experience.  The company is currently helping over 950 businesses to grow.

Rita Cebula, Centre Manager, Scott Bader Innovation Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome RC Pace and SwimFin to our supportive and dynamic community and we are excited to be involved in their future success.  Equally, we’d like to congratulate TRI Care Solutions and Shippio for their continued business growth. It is great the Shippio team are still based in our lovely village, a rural and secure location that we appreciate every day.”

For further information, visit: scottbader-ic.co.uk

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