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Working at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a National Science and Innovation Campus

Working at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a National Science and Innovation Campus

Vanguard house nighttime imageigroup’s head office is situated in Vanguard House at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a National Science and Innovation Campus based in the beautiful Cheshire countryside.

Established in 2006, the site is ideally located in the Liverpool City Region between Runcorn, Warrington, Manchester and Liverpool.

But what’s it like working on campus?

The site itself is on a grand scale with 130+ companies, ranging from global and national companies such as IBM and the Department of International Trade, through to start-ups and local businesses.

New businesses regularly join the park each month as the site continues to develop new offices to meet further demand.  That means there is always lots of fresh faces and a great buzz in the communal areas such as the canteen, especially during the summer BBQ’s and the famous all year round ‘chippy’ Friday.

There are plenty of other facilities to enjoy such as a gym and outdoor table tennis area.

The igroup team take regular lunchtime strolls or power walks, boosting their daily step counts, around the campus, taking in the sculptures and wildlife along the canal.


History of the campus 

The view from the igroup offices in Vanguard house is fortunate to encompass the iconic tower which can be seen from miles around, but most people aren’t aware of its purpose or history.

The site opened in 1962 as a scientific research laboratory and was officially opened on 16 June 1967 as the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory by the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Harold Wilson.

Construction of the ‘particle smasher’ which created energy used to experiment on samples, known as the Nuclear Structure Facility (NSF), began in the mid-1970s, opening in 1975. Built by UK scientists and engineers to a unique design based on a research and development programme at Daresbury, the NSF was housed in a steel pressure vessel, 45 metres high and 8 metres in diameter, and was contained in a 70-metre-high concrete tower.

The large injector at the top of the accelerator vessel, housed the ion sources and at the ground level, three large experimental areas accommodated the ion beams radiating from the analysing magnet at the base of the machine.

Parts of the ‘particle smasher’ now sit around the park as pieces of sculpture.


“igroup can only be described as a close-knit family”

Working for igroup


Commissions are available for both sales and none salespeople. Salespeople can double their base salary!

Performance Bonus

We are committed to developing all staff and run regular Personal Development reviews to ensure everyone is on track. Any bonus is completely discretionary, but we reward our high achievers.

Profit Share

We recognise that the commitment & outstanding ability of our employees is a major contributor to our continued success. We will therefore recognise this with an annual bonus, to be divided between our valued employees.

Workplace pension

We offer the statutory pension to all, with additional employer’s contributions available, subject to performance. These can be in the form of an agreed increase or one-off contributions.

Private healthcare

The Vitality health plan rewards healthy habits with point system which can be spent on a wide range of discounts and rewards from big brands such as Virgin Active, British Airways, Starbucks, Mr & Mrs Smith, and free memberships and discounted health screening.

Holiday Entitlement

We offer excellent holiday entitlement of 30 days inclusive of bank holidays, with an additional day added in the first two years of service. Maximum entitlement is 32 days (including bank holidays).


The package includes three times the employees annual salary and is paid as a lump sum.

Laptop/Surface Pro

We will ensure everyone has the appropriate IT equipment for the roles they carry out, in many cases this will include provision of Surface Pros over and above the standard issue lap top.

Car Allowance Scheme

We believe in ensuring our employees who travel as part of their role, should have a suitable reward package to ensure they have a high standard of vehicle available to them.

Training allowance

As staff development is key to the company, all employees who are achieving PDR objectives will qualify for a training allowance of at least £1,500 per annum.

Staff Treats

Our staff benefit from a package of thousands of free and discounted perks, including comprehensive health and wellness programmes, salary sacrifice and more.

Staff Trips & Team Building

At least 3 times a year we have a get together at the weekend, taking part in an activity that we will have voted on previously. Our most recent outings have included Quad Biking, hoverboarding and foot golf.

Exam funding

We fund any relevant exams for employees, this would include full funding for first attempts and the potential of part funding up front for subsequent attempts, with the balance payable upon passing.

Interest Free Loans

We endeavour to help employees that may need it, as such staff loans are available, subject to a qualifying period and PDR performance. These loans will be a maximum of £5,000 with the possibility of zero interest.

Free drinks, snacks & treats

We endeavour to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and provide healthy snacks and bottled water in the office. The occasional pizza redresses the balance!