High-Technology
Cluster

Essex is the location of choice for high-technology businesses seeking world-class knowledge, highly skilled personnel, access to specialist funding and global connectivity.

Essex is the location of choice for high-technology businesses seeking world-class knowledge, highly skilled personnel, access to specialist funding and global connectivity.

With close proximity to both Cambridge and London, Essex provides businesses with easy access to the UK’s major centres of technology innovation and funding, in combination with a significantly reduced cost base.

The companies in Essex’s high-tech cluster research, develop and manufacture products across diverse technology areas including ICT, electronics, optics, sensors and advanced engineering, serving industry sectors including:

  • Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space
  • Automotive and Transportation
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Renewable Energies

Knowledge and
innovation

Essex is located at the heart of the London-Stansted-Cambridge Innovation Corridor, providing businesses with direct access to world-leading research and development capabilities and collaborative networks . . .

  • Essex offers Research Parks just 35 minutes’ drive time from the University of Cambridge – the UK No.1 ranked university (The Guardian rankings, 2016)
  • Essex provides easy access to Europe’s No.1 and No.2 ranked universities for Engineering and Technology – the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London (Times Higher Education rankings, 2014-15)
  • The university of Essex is a UK Top 20 ranked university for research excellence (REF, 2014) 
  • In 2015, Nesta identified Essex as a UK ‘High-Tech and Creative Economy Hotspot’

High technology
workforce

Essex can deliver the highly skilled people and first-class education provision required by high-tech businesses . . .

  • Essex provides businesses with access to the large-scale knowledge workforces of Cambridge and Greater London – both within commutable distance
  • Essex is home to the UK’s 2nd largest advanced engineering cluster, comprising 4,000 companies and 41,000 people employed, as well as an additional 200,000 advanced engineering workers within commutable distance
  • Essex has the further and higher education infrastructure needed to provide high-technology companies with a pipeline of skilled, qualified personnel. 2,400 students enrol each year in engineering, technology and computer sciences courses, and fully funded Knowledge Exchange Placements allow Masters students to work on company projects related to their courses

High-tech
business accomodation

Essex can provide state-of-the-art research, technology and business park accommodation for high-technology companies, including . . .

  • Harlow Enterprise Zone - strategically located between London and Cambridge, with direct access to the M11 and Stansted Airport
  • Medbic Business Innovation Centre - located on the Anglia Ruskin University campus, providing high-specification accommodation for medical and advanced engineering technology businesses

High-tech
low cost

Essex provides high-technology businesses with value-adding benefits combined with significant cost savings:

  • -54% lower property costs than London averages (Colliers, 2015)
  • -38% lower property costs than Cambridge averages (Colliers, 2015)
  • -24% savings on labour costs for a typical R&D facility versus competitor UK high-tech locations

Access to
specialist funding

Essex offers proximity to the major technology business funding centres of London and Cambridge, providing companies with direct access to potential sources of bank, equity, venture capital or business angel finance.

UK and
international connectivity

Essex delivers unbeaten access to UK and international markets, for business people, freight and data . . .

  • Just 30 minutes from London’s global business hub (by train)
  • Prestigious business locations just 35 minutes from Cambridge (drive time)
  • Direct access to the UK motorway network via M25, London’s orbital motorway, and M11 
  • 6 London airports within 1.15 hours drive time (including London Heathrow), delivering comprehensive global connectivity
  • ‘The UK’s Multimodal Gateway’ - 4 international deep sea ports, 6 rail freight terminals and the UK’s 3rd largest cargo airport (London Stansted) in Essex
  • UK top-ranked broadband internet coverage (Ofcom rank: 1)

Industrial Strategy

See here for Essex County Council's response to the Government's Industrial Strategy...

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.