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Knowledge Gateway

Our masterplan

The Knowledge Gateway is set to become one of the prime locations for research and business in Essex for knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and the creative sector. It draws on the University of Essex’s global reputation for analytics and data science and outstanding support for SMEs. It is set to employ more than 2,000 people.

CGI impression of the Knowledge Gateway site

Computer-generated impression of the fully-developed Knowledge Gateway.

"From our research, and work all over the UK, we know that the growth and survival rate of start-up and SME businesses, and thereby their economic impact, is enhanced by providing flexible and affordable property solutions; self-supporting communities and access to skills, training and knowledge."
Chris Allington, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation Business and Innovation Centres


Adjacent to our Colchester Campus, the Knowledge Gateway strategically integrates the University of Essex to the town of Colchester and the region. Set amidst 43 acres of mature parkland, and accessed via the A133 dual carriageway, we began developing the site in 2010 with a £9m investment that has created superb infrastructure, including a major signalised road junction, landscaping works, roads, utilities, and pavements, footpaths and cycle routes.

Only 46 minutes from London Liverpool Street, Colchester is served by a good road network linking London, Ipswich,Cambridge, and Norwich, Kent and the south east of England. The Channel ports are easily accessible via the Dartford Crossing. London Stansted Airport is 30 miles away and takes under an hour to get to from our Colchester Campus. London Southend Airport is 44 miles away.

Home to thriving SMEs

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The park's entrance has been carefully planned to ensure an accessible and welcoming place, with a tree-lined avenue and landscaping that fosters interaction. The Knowledge Gateway is already home to a cluster of 15 innovative SMEs located within Parkside Office Village. By joining these ambitious start-ups, and basing your business here, you'll gain competitive advantage as a valued member of the Knowledge Gateway business community.

Locate your business here

Whether you're an SME or a large multinational, at the Knowledge Gateway we have office space to suit your needs. Phase one of Parkside Office Village covers 1,305 sq m and opened in the spring of 2014. Fifteen SMEs now occupy the nine modern office units, creating a flourishing business community. Sectors include security technologies, digital marketing solutions, cloud-based technology solutions and web design. Encouraged by demand for Parkside Office Village, work is now underway to develop phase two, with further 435 sq m of office space. As part of our masterplan, we are also seeking to develop over 37,000 sq m of additional, new commercial floor space and a major Innovation Centre.

Meet our Knowledge Gateway community

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Midas Digital

    Midas Digital Midas Digital is a full service digital marketing agency that specialises in marketing for medium sized business to large enterprises, our goal is to empower our clients to use digital marketing to achieve success in the way they engage with consumers, placing clients at the forefront of the advances in digital techniques to help them grow.

    Website: www.midas.digital
    Twitter: @digital_midas

  • Ngineered

    Ngineered Ngineered is a team of deeply experienced engineers that have a strong focus on architecture and design of solutions for the cloud, Amazon Web Services(AWS), Google Cloud Engine(GCE), RackSpace and Openstack. We have created solutions for some of the world's biggest transactional websites, global scale corporations consisting of thousands of instances, new product releases via web applications, and we also have huge experience with high demand sites driven by TV audiences and social media.

    We thrive on technology and have a passion for open source technologies, elegant architecture and engineering solutions. We pride ourselves on delivering the best solutions that allow our customers to scale and grow as their website traffic increases.

    Website: www.ngineered.co.uk
    Email: info@ngineered.co.uk
    Twitter: @ngineered
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/ngineered

  • 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

  • Teaboy Games

    Teaboy games logo

    At Teaboy Games we have a passion for innovative and unique mobile games design, and a great brew of course. Focusing on simplistic yet satisfying gameplay, we pride ourselves on making beautiful arcade-style games that appeal to all ages, regardless of experience. Teaboy Games - finely-brewed games.

    Website: www.teaboygames.com
    Email: info@teaboygames.com

  • 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

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