Enterprise Zone

Providing quality space at competitive prices in the home of innovation

Harlow Enterprise Zone occupies a strategically significant site between London and Cambridge, with its proximity to London Stansted Airport making it a premier business location. Harlow can offer perhaps the most competitive location in the south east of England, so close to London. The Enterprise Zone provides an opportunity to capitalise on that by creating an attractive environment for businesses.

Harlow was the birthplace of fibre optics with fibre optic cable being invented at STC (latterly Nortel) by George Hockham and Sir Charles Kao, for which they won the Nobel Prize for Science. This site is now at the vanguard of the Harlow Enterprise Zone with the developments being taken forward by Goldacre Ventures at Kao Park.

The Harlow Enterprise Zone will carry on this tradition for innovation and enterprise through the creation of a campus environment for dynamic businesses creating new technologies and new products, thereby stimulating innovation and generating economic growth.

What is an Enterprise Zone?

Harlow Enterprise Zone is one of 45 locations across the country, designated by the UK Government, to provide incentives for investment. The 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 with full planning consent and currently under construction 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; construction commences in 2017.
  • Templefields; existing industrial estate offering SME manufacturing space and longer term re-development opportunities

Benefits of Harlow 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 within the target sectors, and
  • The potential to create up to 5,000 new jobs,

Enterprise Zone Prospectus

Anglia Ruskin University MedTech Campus

The Harlow Enterprise Zone will provide a host to the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which will create one of the world's largest health innovation spaces for companies of all sizes - from start-ups and micro SMEs to large corporates - with the aim of establishing the UK as a global force in a sector worth £170 billion per year. The project, which is a partnership between Chelmsford City Council, Harlow Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Anglia Ruskin University, is predicted to grow the UK medical technology sector by £1.2bn and generate approximately 12,500 jobs. Anglia Ruskin is the lead academic partner and key provider of business and innovation services. It will facilitate access to a range of relevant expertise, sector-dedicated research, specialist consultancy staff, and testing and clinical trials capabilities. Three sites will be developed across Essex - in Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea. A business network will act as a catalyst for innovation, supporting the commercial exploitation of ideas through a portfolio of services offered domestically and internationally. For more information visit www.medtechcampus.com

Progress to date

Construction work is now well underway on the former Nortel site at London Road South, now known as Kao Park. This is being transformed into a twenty-first century business park comprising high quality offices and data centres. To date 20,000 square metres of high quality office space has been delivered which is now 75% occupied (autumn 2017). The first Data Centre is under construction and this will complete in December 2017.

At London Road North, Harlow Council is now working with Vinci (UK) Developments and Wrenbridge to create the new Harlow Science Park on the site. Infrastructure is being delivered to the site from spring 2017 to spring 2018 with the first buildings being constructed during 2018.

For the latest visit: Harlow Enterprise Zone website or follow @HarlowEZ on Twitter.

Business Rates Relief

Harlow Council will grant a business rate relief to occupiers of non-domestic properties located within the Harlow Enterprise Zone in certain circumstances. More information on the Enterprise Zone Relief Policy and how to apply

Local Development Orders (LDOs)

To unlock and enable easy development of the Enterprise Zone sites Harlow Council has prepared three Local Development Orders (LDOs). This enables the grant of planning permission for specific types of development providing the proposal conforms to and meets the requirements set out in a schedule and planning conditions.

The LDOs support the objectives of Enterprise Zones by simplifying the planning process, reducing delay and providing certainty, thereby stimulating future investment and creating new job opportunities that will assist the regeneration of Harlow and provide wider benefits for West Essex. All three LDOs have been approved and now provide the planning framework for successful development over the next ten years: