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Local Growth Industries

Sir Charles Kao UTC is at the heart of a major investment in the future economy of Harlow and the surrounding area.

The area has been identified as one of 24 Enterprise Zones across the country, designated by the government to attract new businesses and stimulate growth.

The vision for Harlow Enterprise Zone is to build on the area’s tradition for innovation and enterprise, through the creation of a campus environment for dynamic businesses creating new technologies and products.

Our specialisms in medical technologies and smart environments are designed to develop work-ready young people who are able to realise these increasing work opportunities.

These include:

  • A major new Medical Technology (MedTech) Innovation Centre which is due to open in autumn 2017. The £5m centre will support start-up businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as international companies engaged in this industry.
  • Plans by Anglia Ruskin University to establish three MedTech Campus Science Parks at Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend. These campuses aim to create one of the world’s largest health innovation hubs, attracting international and national companies around the innovative medical technology sector.
  • Public Health England relocating its facilities to Harlow, with 2,500 jobs transferring to the town by 2024.
  • Kao Park, named after Sir Charles Kao, which will become home to new telecoms businesses and data centres, the first of which opened in 2016.

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