Our Knowledge Gateway research and technology park, on our Colchester Campus, is the location of choice in the eastern region for knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and the creative sector.
Drawing on our global reputation for analytics and data science and outstanding support for SMEs, it's set to employ more than 2,000 people.
Set in mature parkland on our Colchester Campus, since 2010 the Knowledge Gateway has been growing apace, after an initial £13m investment to build to build roads and infrastructure.
Today, it's the SME hotspot of Parkside Office Village, with more than 20 resident companies and another phase underway summer 2017, plus our £21m carbon-neutral Essex Business School which opened in 2015.
The Knowledge Gateway's major new Innovation Centre is now underway. This exciting development of 38,000 sq ft will provide the space plus the vital hands-on support to help 50 start-up companies scale-up and succeed, and will be home to a start-of-the-art creative digital studio.
Colchester offers many benefits as a base for your business. It has rapid growth, with the population forecast to increase by 24% to 224,700 by 2031 backed by major regeneration efforts by Colchester Borough Council.
As well as a great range of shops and services, the area offers superb quality of life for employees, with Dedham Vale and Constable Country within a few miles, rural Suffolk to the north and the many picturesque Essex coastal towns and villages to the east, all easily commutable from the Knowledge Gateway.
Colchester has some of the best schools in the country, including two grammar schools, and a vibrant arts scene including the Firstsite visual arts centre, the Mercury Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre.
The Knowledge Gateway has designated space for small, medium and larger businesses choosing to design their own office space or headquarters, by working with our design and build team. Get in touch with us to find out more.