Enterprise Zones

Harlow Enterprise Zone (Harlow, Essex)

Harlow Enterprise Zone occupies a strategically significant site between London and Cambridge, with its proximity to London Stansted Airport making it a premier business location.

The Zone provides three specific opportunities: -

• Kao Park; 20,000 square metres of ‘Grade A’ office space as well as a 32,000 sq m Data Centre development. The office space is now 75% let and the first data centre is under construction with completion in December 2017.

• Harlow Science Park; 14 hectare greenfield site under development with a focus on the Med Tech, Life Science and ICT sectors. Infrastructure delivery is under way with the first buildings commencing construction in autumn 2017.

• Templefields; existing industrial estate offering SME manufacturing space and longer term re-development opportunities.

Further information can be found at www.harlowez.org.uk

Discovery Park Enterprise Zone (Sandwich, Kent)

One of the largest business parks in Europe with a specialist focus on science and technology

Occupying the former Pfizer site in Sandwich, Kent; Discovery Park has been host to five decades of ground breaking pharmaceutical research and development. Iconic drugs such as Viagra and Diflucan were discovered and developed here, and Pfizer retains a significant presence at the site.

The Zone’s extensive world-class laboratory facilities are designed around the concept of ‘integrated research’ for chemical, pharmaceutical and analytical research that will help meet today’s and tomorrow’s therapeutic and manufacturing needs.

Discovery Park continues to be a global leader for R&D from the search for new forms of antibiotics to pioneering research into treatments for cancer and life-threatening disease with the site now a centre of excellence for immunotherapy and immuno-oncology.

The Zone has a wide variety of business firms in place: from recruitment, to accounting, to legal services so that companies locating to Discovery Park benefit from these shared services. Over 150 businesses have joined the Zone’s pharmaceutical innovation and business community since 2012.

Renewable energy company Estover Energy are developing a biomass Combined Heat and Power plant to power the Zone and supply low carbon energy to the national grid. Work is underway with the new facility set to open in the second half of 2018.

Looking to invest, or just want to find out more? Visit the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone website here. http://www.discovery-park.co.uk/

North Kent Enterprise Zone (Kent)

Comprising three sites in Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent Medical Campus near Maidstone, and Rochester Airport Technology Park in Medway – the NKEZ is already taking shape and will welcome its first business occupiers next year.

With excellent connections to London and Europe, the three sites will help innovative businesses to thrive. The Enterprise Zone is particularly hoping to attract companies in medical technologies, advanced manufacturing, engineering and digital creative sectors. The Government will support business rates discounts of up to £55,000 per year for five years for companies that locate within an Enterprise Zone by 31 March 2022.

Kent Medical Campus, just off Junction 7 of the M20 at Maidstone, has planning permission to develop 98,000m2 of space to accommodate academic health and science related uses, and construction is under way on a 64-bed hospital for Cygnet Health Care, one of the UK’s largest independent providers of mental health support, following a £1.5m investment in a new link road.

The three sites at Ebbsfleet Garden City are expected to offer around 84,000m2 of commercial and innovation space, with the first coming on stream at Northfleet East where detailed outline plans are with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation for approval.

Subject to planning, the two sites at Rochester Airport will offer over 47,000m2 of space for high tech engineering and manufacturing enterprises to create a vibrant technology park, establishing Medway as a centre of excellence for engineering, innovation and technology.

For more information on the North Kent Enterprise Zone, visit www.northkententerprisezone.co.uk