International firms thriving in Essex

Raytheon UK operations in Harlow Enterprise Zone, Essex

Excellent half year results have been reported by INVEST Essex, Essex County Council’s inward investment team, who have assisted companies that will create over 1000 jobs in the county.

INVEST Essex has so far this year worked on projects with companies from the US, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, China and the Netherlands resulting in millions of pounds of investment into the county….

  • Raytheon – US technology and innovation business announced it will locate its entire UK research and development operation at the Harlow Enterprise Zone (EZ) part of a £25million long term investment to create a Technical Centre of Excellence in the UK
  • Arrow Electronics – the global electronics company with 688 electronic manufacturing partners is relocating to new premises twice the size of its existing UK presence at the Harlow Enterprise Zone to accommodate their business and product growth
  • Flintfox – a New Zealand software company has chosen to locate near London Stansted Airport to increase their access to European markets as well as offer support and services to its existing European customers
  • Impressions Labels – Sri Lankan based digital label manufacturers with offices in Hong Kong, Cambodia, China, India and Turkey amongst others chose Braintree for their first UK premises for its excellent access to London and strong connections to the rest of the UK and Europe

Essex is a county in which companies can grow



Essex is one of the UK’s premier business locations and is the biggest economy outside London or Manchester. Linking London and Cambridge and with six airports within 90 minutes drive Essex based businesses truly benefit from global connectivity.

Financial and business advisory firm Grant Thornton who has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East opened their first office in Essex earlier this year. The company’s corporate finance team have just reported a significant upturn in mergers and acquisitions across the county completing four major deals over the past 12 months involving US buyers totalling more than £100m.

“Essex is an ambitious marketplace full of creative businesses looking to succeed and grow. The county is also home to two major airports plus Harwich International Port, the Port of Tilbury and Thames Gateway, and with close proximity to London, the international potential for these companies is huge.

It’s a great market for transactions right now. Buyers are prepared to offer a premium for quality companies and there is certainly an abundance of these in Essex.”

Tim Blois, Corporate Finance Director, Grant Thornton

The London-Essex UK Finance Corridor

Amlin UK new headquarters in Chelmsford, EssexEssex’s proximity to the City of London and Canary Wharf provides businesses with access to a large and diverse financial services workforce, many of whom live in Essex, which competitor UK locations simply can’t match. Leading global insurer AON plc are planning to expand their back office function in Chelmsford, whilst specialist insurer Amlin has recently opened a new £27 million headquarters, to capitalise on the city’s connectivity to London’s global finance hub and accessibility to 688,000 London finance cluster workers.

“We see Essex as a great base because it has a mixture of skills that we need right from our insurance business, core business, to the support functions such as IT, finance, marketing, communications.

Being close to London we can have a large staff hub out here, the cost advantage, but equally, being a large financial institution, having great connectivity with the city of London.

This is the hub outside London for us, hence why we built and own the building."

Travis Bowles, Head of Claims for Property & Casualty, Amlin plc

Essex is the UK’s multi modal logistics gateway

Essex is the UK's multi modal logistics gatewayEssex has a strong distribution and port offer with over 1000 acres of available land located near major ports, road and rail. London Gateway Logistics Park, adjacent to London Gateway Port, the UK’s newest deep sea container port, is set to become Europe’s largest logistics park.

It is currently attracting companies who are taking advantage of the port’s reach to 16 million consumers within 50 miles. UPS is the latest company to announce a move to DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. Other tenants include Import Services and transport firm Eddie Stobart who has just set up a base at the port.

“By using DP World London Gateway Park and Port, UPS will have a fast ‘global conveyor-belt’ directly connected to their own worldwide network. UPS’s hub will also provide distribution solutions to other logistics park occupiers. This combination of world class services will be a unique offering for the UK and Europe.”

H.E Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World

INVEST Essex assisting businesses in Essex with commercial success

INVEST Essex offer free professional services to companies in Essex, the UK and abroad to help those companies to maximise the commercial opportunities of a business location on the doorstep of London and Cambridge and with excellent access to Europe.

INVEST Essex works with a community of commercial partners who enable them to deliver solutions to a range of businesses including those new to Essex, be it from abroad or elsewhere in the UK, as well as many existing companies who are seeking assistance or advice on business growth or improving performance here in Essex.

For more information on see 

Corinne Hearne
Corinne Hearne

Inward Investment Manager (London-Essex UK Finance Corridor)

+44 (0) 7702 900667


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.

David Rooke
David Rooke

Location Services Director

+44 (0) 7989 380435


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)

+44 (0) 7740 179497


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 renewables sector.