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Knowledge Gateway

Set in 43 acres of mature parkland adjoining our Colchester Campus site, the Knowledge Gateway is set to become one of the prime locations for research and business in Essex. By basing your business here you'll gain competitive advantage through:

The Knowledge Gateway is being developed as a key element of our strategy to create stronger connections with business as an integral part of our excellence agenda. We are committed to using our expertise and resources to help drive business growth.

Property availability

Whether you're a small SME or a large NGO or multinational, we've got office space options to suit your needs.

  • Units from 1,195 to 4,680 square feet (110 to 435 m2) are available in the Parkside Office Village.
  • Bespoke units from 5,000 to 120,000 square feet (460 to 11,148 m2) are available on a design and build basis.

Knowledge Gateway site

Exciting new plans are being developed to take forward the future development of the Knowledge Gateway and the artist's impression below suggests how this new community of knowledge-based businesses forecast to employ over 2,000 people might look when completed.

artist's impression of Knowledge Gateway site

Knowledge Gateway brochure

Meet our business community

These businesses are now benefitting from being part of our exciting and creative Knowledge Gateway community, as tenants on Parkside Office Village.

  • United Relief

    United Relief logo United Relief is registered charity based in the UK whose work benefits the UK and some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Africa. United Relief's objective is to relieve poverty through the provision of solar technology to those in need and advancing the education of the public in matters relating to renewable energy, climate change, the protection of the environment and sustainability.

    We work with local partners to develop communities capacity to provide sustainable solutions to healthcare, safe water, hygiene, sanitation, general environmental issues and access to affordable clean renewable energy. So that marginalised communities can access affordable and reliable services.

    Website: www.unitedrelief.org.uk
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/unitedreliefint
    Twitter: @united_relief
    Email: info@unitedrelief.org.uk

  • Copy Create

    Copy create logo At Copy Create Ltd we specialise in developing your company voice, taking everything you consider fundamental to your ethos and crafting engaging, persuasive content to represent you. In simple terms this means that we provide the words. Behind every creative design it is the message that is important and the difference between fleeting interest and sales.

    At Copy Create we craft our content with your target audience in mind, from creative copy for websites and brochures, to devising targeted blog, article and email marketing campaigns. Ultimately we are available wherever you need your brand voice heard.

    Services include:

    • website content
    • proofreading and editing
    • brochure and leaflet copy
    • blog and email marketing
    • social media management and consultancy
    • translation services

    Website: www.copy-create.com
    Twitter: @copycreateltd

  • The Games Hub - part of the Eastern Enterprise Hub

    Eastern Enterprise Hub logo Now in its fourth year, the Eastern Enterprise Hub continues to expand and has established itself as a regional enterprise agency. Operating across East Anglia, the Hub encourages and supports entrepreneurs of all ages across many disciplines.

    Located in Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich, we strive to promote business growth and support people who have a good business idea to develop key skills, commercial expertise and the confidence to make it a success.

    Since 2013 we’ve doubled the number of programmes on offer, including the Colchester Entrepreneurs Programme, delivered in partnership with Colchester Borough Council, the Games Hub for aspiring gamers in the region, and the Essex Entrepreneurs Programme, run in collaboration with Essex County Council and the Essex Innovations Programme.

    Website: www.eehub.co.uk
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/eehub
    Twitter: @eastenthub

  • Fused Roots

    Fused Roots logo If you desire the taste of quality, decadent and flavoursome home-cooked African and Caribbean cuisine, then Fused Roots provides individuals with mouth-watering lunch and dinner packs, also catering for events.

    Fused Roots is a fusion of African and Caribbean heritage. Cooked by students who share a passion for tasty food, they have decided to extend this service to a market which is thriving for new and fresh ideas. Fused Roots have taken what is considered to be an expensive market and turned it into a business where the prices are student-friendly and jam-packed with new cuisines that will suit anyone’s busy student life.

    Twitter: @Fused_Roots
    Email: fusedrootz@gmail.com

  • Isotope Digital

    Isotype Digital company logo Isotope is a multichannel digital agency combining data, technology and creativity to develop marketing solutions for our clients. We are an officially certified Google Partner agency for Search Marketing. We also work very closely with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube teams to plan, develop and deploy social media advertising and content campaigns for direct marketing and brand engagement.

    Google partner logo

    Website: www.isotopedigital.com
    Twitter: @IsotopeDigital




  • Process Safety Solutions Ltd

    Process Safety Solutions logo Process Safety Solutions (PSS) provide engineering, consultancy, systems, support and software services to the Oil & Gas, Nuclear and Renewables industry. Established in 2010, an independent team of highly skilled engineers specialising in the delivery of safety, control & instrumentation projects from concept through to close out.

    We pride ourselves on offering global support to our clients. Our team of adaptable, dynamic and motivated engineers provides unrivalled engineering support through all stages of projects.

    We use our experience to form completely unbiased and independent opinions, thus always offering the most suitable and reliable solutions.

    Website: www.processsafetysolutions.co.uk
    Email: gdiddams@pssuk.co.uk

  • Smart Networked Environments (SmartNE)

    Smart Networked Environments  logo SmartNE provides bespoke indoor and outdoor location-based information services using its unique software platform called WAI2Go. Static maps and floorplans are transformed into interactive interfaces that give information, wayfinding and Internet of Things services around complex buildings and sites.

    WAI2Go is already in mainstream use at locations such as the Universities of Essex and Warwick and is helping to navigate staff and visitors around the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands. In town, SmartNE has launched ‘Colchester’, a location-aware App for residents and visitors that provides information on arts and heritage events and venues.

    Website: www.smartne.com
    Email: info@smartne.com
    Telephone: +44 (0)1206 625201


  • United Relief

    United Relief is a charity based in the UK whose work benefits some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Africa. The communities are supported through the provision of basic healthcare, safe water, hygiene, sanitation and access to affordable clean renewable energy.

    United Relief's long term objective is to relieve poverty through the provision of solar villages to those in need, and to advance the education of the public in matters relating to renewable energy, climate change, the protection of the environment and sustainability. We work with local partners to develop communities’ capacity to provide sustainable solutions to healthcare, water, hygiene and sanitation. We also address general environmental issues to enable marginalised communities to gain access to affordable and reliable services.

Contact us

Steve Clarke

Knowledge Gateway Consultant

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 873522

Mobile 07930 843276

Email sclarkg@essex.ac.uk