More jobs boosts for Harlow with MedTech Innovation Centre

Business / Sun 2nd Apr 2017 at 04:38pm


HARLOW took another step towards rivalling America’s famous Silicon Valley with the signing of a multi-million pound deal for a new medical technology centre in Harlow that will create 500 jobs.

On Friday, Essex County Council pledged £2.5m towards the delivery of Anglia Ruskin University’s £5m new MedTech Innovation Centre within a new science park at the burgeoning Harlow Enterprise Zone, that will boost the UK MedTech sector

The deal was announced as Essex published a special report in response to the government’s Industrial Strategy, which showcases the county as a key investment area for central Government to realise its ambitions.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: “If the Government wants to deliver on its ambitious Industrial Strategy then they need look no further than Essex, where the council and its partners are already significantly ahead of the game.

“Today’s response to the Industrial Strategy seeks to showcase to Government what more Essex can do to boost productivity, inspire and inform the government’s wider national strategy and hammer home the message that ‘Essex is Open for Business’.

“Public Health England has already put its faith in the county by pledging to move its facilities to Harlow, along with 2,500 jobs by 2024. Now this historic deal to create a much needed centre for business innovation cements Essex’s potential to become the UK’s life sciences and healthcare capital, whilst boosting jobs and economic growth.”

Anglia Ruskin University, supported by Essex County Council, has a vision to establish three MedTech Campus Science Parks at Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend, of which the Harlow MedTech Innovation Centre is a part.

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. Investment in the campuses will help to establish Essex, and the UK, as a global leader in this sector and will secure local and national economic growth.

Harlow Science Park, the new 25 acre science hub of which the Med Tech Innovation Centre will be the first tenant, will focus on high-technology businesses in the Life Science, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing sectors and provide more than 500,000 square feet of space with the potential to employ up to 3,000 people.

Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University said: “This is an extremely exciting project with the potential to help the county become a world leader in the medical technology sector. We are working closely with partners to drive up innovation and attract global and national companies, and we are delighted that Essex County Council has pledged financial support to this initiative.”

Essex business leaders in the technology and innovation sector have welcomed the county’s response to the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Arrow Electronics, whose offices overlook the construction site at the Harlow Enterprise Zone, will host Essex County Council and Anglia Ruskin University when the historic deal is signed on Friday.

A spokesman said: “Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. We have a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries. We welcome this response to the Industrial Strategy and look forward to working together in future.”

Andrew Cowan, Divisional CEO at Stansted Airport, added: “Stansted Airport is a significant infrastructure asset in Essex and across the UK as a whole. As the only major airport in the South East with runway capacity to grow over the next ten years, we have a critical role to play in unlocking economic growth, improving global connectivity, attracting inward investment and providing jobs for the region.

“We welcome this response to the Industrial Strategy which highlights key areas which are important to us and other major businesses in Essex – ensuring we have the right skills and talent to support our growing business, that infrastructure is in place to support job creation, and that Essex as a county makes the most of opportunities around international trade, investment and innovation.”

David Burch, Director of Policy at Essex Chambers of Commerce, added: “We welcome the Essex response to the Industrial Strategy and look forward to working together – strengthening business and promoting innovation and opportunity in Essex.”

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