A German company has chosen Leicester for its UK base, creating jobs.
German life sciences specialist, I&L Biosystems, will be based at Pear Tree Business Park, Ratby.
The company, which was founded in 1991, employs more than 55 people in LifeScience Distribution across Europe, specialising in laboratory equipment in microbiology, cell biology, biotechnology and process control.
I&L said it chose Leicester because of its central location, excellent transport links and access to highly skilled staff.
Rik Pancholi with I&L director Jay Champaneri
Jay Champaneri, director for I&L Biosystems UK, said: “We are focused on creating long-term partnerships with established suppliers across the globe.
“To do that and to attract the talented employees we need to match our growth ambitions, we need a good central location and great access to our customers, suppliers and partners.
“I know Leicestershire very well and made the case to our team back in Germany with advice from our lawyers, Pattersons Commercial Law.
“We will shortly be embarking on a recruitment drive, looking for product specialists and applications scientists in the areas of cell biology and protein biochemistry.
“Initially, we are seeking to create four jobs.
“I look forward to establishing connections across the UK and Ireland, but especially here in the East Midlands which has a wealth of life sciences businesses and a growing reputation internationally. We’re open for business and we’re here to help them.’
Rik Pancholi of Pattersons Commercial Law advised on the deal to bring the company to Leicester and sees a bright future for the business.
He said: “This is a business that is built on good connections and strong relationships and it is fantastic to be bringing them to the city at this exciting phase in their growth.
“They are only a small team at the moment but they are growing rapidly and will soon be playing a big part in the region’s economy as they tap into the many networks we have here.
“I wish them all the best with their plans and I am delighted they have chosen to start them here in Leicester.”