Five professional firms have been recruited to provide support to businesses based at a high-tech science park.

CBG Group, Dow Schofield Watts, MSB Solicitors, Montpelier and Lloyds TSB Commercial will support more than 100 firms at Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus by delivering free surgery session through the partnership programme.

Manchester-based CBG will provide insurance broking, employee benefits and financial planning advice, while Dow Schofield Watts will offer corporate finance help, covering fundraising, investment, exit strategy, company sales, company acquisitions and due diligence.

MSB Solicitors will be on hand to advise on research and development tax credits and business law expertise, with Montpelier providing accountancy services.

Finally, Lloyds will share its expertise through roundtable discussions for firms on a variety of subjects.

Daresbury chairman John Downes said: “High-growth SMEs require better access to high level expertise and strategic business advice, particularly in areas such as CEO-level company management, finance and attracting investment.

“This scheme addresses those needs directly and gives Daresbury SIC businesses the additional guidance they need at a critical point in their growth.”