Harlow Enterprise Zone is located along the UK’s Innovation Corridor from London to Cambridge and just 15 miles from London Stansted Airport, making it a premier business location.
Harlow was the birthplace of fibre optics with fibre optic cable being invented at STC (then Nortel) by George Hockham and Sir Charles Kao, for which they won the Nobel Prize for Science.
The Harlow Enterprise Zone builds on this tradition for innovation and enterprise with a campus environment for dynamic businesses creating new technologies and generating economic growth.
Harlow Enterprise Zone is one of 45 locations across the country, designated by the Government, to provide incentives for investment. The Harlow Zone provides three specific opportunities:
- London Road South (Kao Park) - 20,000 square metres of ‘Grade A’ office space as well as the largest data centre development in the south east of England
- London Road North (Harlow Science Park) - 14-hectare greenfield site available for design and build opportunities with a focus on the med tech, life science and ICT sectors
- Templefields - existing industrial estate offering SME manufacturing space and longer term re-development opportunities
There are a number of benefits available to businesses in the Enterprise Zone:
- business rates relief for eligible target-sector companies
- simplified planning, through the use of Local Development Orders
- better site connectivity through new and improved road measures and access to both sites,
- access to superfast broadband
- inward investment campaign promoting the Harlow and West Essex offer to business regionally, nationally and internationally
- business support, networking and supply chain development opportunities
- potential to create up to 5,000 new jobs