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Essex

Essex is one of the UK and Europe’s most dynamic business locations. We make it easy for companies to locate here, and grow here.

Essex UK:
Benefits for businesses

Essex delivers a unique combination of location benefits for relocating and expanding businesses, including:

  • UK and international connectivity - Essex provides unbeaten access to uk and international markets - for business people, freight and data.
  • Integration with London, global business hub - Essex is an integral, highly cost-effective part of london’s world-leading financial and professional services cluster.
  • Technology and innovation - located at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge innovation corridor, Essex is home to a globally competitive high-technology cluster with direct access to Europe’s best research universities.
  • A low cost base for businesses - Essex combines value-adding benefits with significant cost advantages versus London, Cambridge, and major UK and European cities and logistics hubs.
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from London – ‘Europe’s business capital’ and global finance hub

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Office property cost savings versus the City of London

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from Cambridge – at the heart of the UK’s Innovation Economy concentration in the EU

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Acres of Portcentric, Tri-modal logistics development land

Essex UK:
Chosen by leading businesses

Essex’s unique benefits have made it the preferred location for business operations of all sizes – from international corporate HQs to cutting-edge start-ups – serving industry sectors including Financial and Professional Services, Ports and Logistics Services, High-Technology and Life Sciences.

Discover our business strengths

High-Technology
Cluster

Location of choice for high-technology businesses seeking world-class knowledge, highly skilled personnel, access to specialist funding and global connectivity

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London-Essex UK
Finance Corridor

Located on the doorstep of the City of London and Canary Wharf Essex is an ideal location for companies in the Business, Professional and Financial Services sector.

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Life Sciences &
Healthcare Cluster

Essex is at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge Innovation Corridor, positioning businesses in Europe’s largest Life Sciences & Healthcare technologies cluster

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UK Multimodal
Gateway: Essex

Enabling logistics & distribution businesses to minimise costs, emissions & risks, maximise efficiency in transport planning, & ‘future-proof’ supply chains

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INVEST Essex
INVEST Essex

Helping businesses to establish a foothold in the UK and European markets. Promoting the opportunities of a location on the doorstep of London and Cambridge and with excellent links to Europe to companies in the UK, Europe and globally.

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Essex Enterprise Centres
Essex Enterprise Centres

Providing a flexible, stimulating and supportive business environment for companies, typically micro and small, looking to take their first steps into occupying premises. Our Enterprise centres are located in Basildon, Clacton and Ongar.

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Essex Innovation Programme
Essex Innovation Programme

A no fee programme helping companies, both early stage and established, to develop their creative and innovative commercial development ideas. Providing experienced professional private sector support to help businesses to grow and commercialise their innovative ideas.

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Essex International
Essex International

Helping companies and organisations to access the Chinese market.  Providing unique access through an exclusive 27-year relationship with the Jiangsu province in China.  Essex International have the right connections to help businesses to export, pursue partnerships, the right expertise and in market presence develop connections and partnerships and the right experience to help organisations increase their presence in the Chinese market.  

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Simon Papworth
Simon Papworth

Inward Investment Manager (High-Technology Cluster)

+44 (0) 7515 199255

Biography

Simon has worked in inward investment for the last four years, building a wide network of trusted business connections, working on a variety of successful projects in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Simon spent 7 years advising business owners and entrepreneurs, with a focus on bringing innovative products to market.

David Rooke
David Rooke

Inward Investment Manager

+44 (0) 7989 380435

Biography

In a career spanning over 30 years David’s experience includes large-scale factory management and 17 years in inward investment. David has worked with a wide range of major corporates and organisations in the UK and overseas, advising on inward investment projects, business relocations, expansion and consolidation projects.

Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex and Life Sciences & Healthcare Cluster)

+44 (0) 7740 179497

Biography

Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and life sciences sector.

Corinne Hearne
Corinne Hearne

Inward Investment Manager (London-Essex UK Finance Corridor)

+44 (0) 7702 900667

Biography

With over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Global Relocation industries, Corinne has developed an extensive, specialist, commercial network and has successfully supported projects focused on the strategic development and growth of both overseas and UK companies in business, professional and financial services sectors.