Cambridge-Essex UK High-Technology cluster
Direct access to Cambridge, London and Stansted airport

A range of location advantages are attracting high-tech businesses to Essex UK, including the county’s technology cluster, specialist workforce and cost advantages. But Essex’s optimal geographical location and transport connectivity are consistently amongst the key benefits cited by companies expanding in the county.

Fast access to London, Cambridge and major UK airports...

Essex’s Harlow Enterprise Zone (CM17 postcode) exemplifies the county’s location advantages for high-technology businesses. Strategically located at junction 7 of the M11 motorway, the site provides occupants with access to the global ‘tech hub’ cities of London and Cambridge, as well as London Heathrow Airport, in less than 1 hour. London Stansted airport can be accessed by road in just 14 minutes. [1]

Drive times from Harlow, Essex

Fast access to UK technology locations...

Essex’s proximity to London and the M25 provides businesses with fast access to southern England’s key high-technology locations, as well as continental European markets via the Channel Tunnel [1]:

From Harlow (CM17) to: Drive Time Distance
Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) 43 mins 37 miles
London 57 mins 28 miles
Dover (Eurotunnel) 1.35 hrs 89 miles
Oxford (Oxfordshire) 1.42 hrs 85 miles
Reading (Berkshire) 1.36 hrs 76 miles
Basingstoke (Hampshire) 1.40 hrs 84 miles
Crawley (W Sussex) 1.14 hrs 62 miles

Global air connectivity via London Stansted and Heathrow airports...

For international business travellers, Essex provides fast, comprehensive global air connectivity – from London Stansted, London Heathrow and four other London airports, all accessible within 1 hour:

London Stansted

– 150 destinations
– European connectivity
– UK’s 4th busiest airport
– From Harlow (by road): 14 mins / 13 miles


London Heathrow
UK Hub Airport
– 185 destinations; 84 countries
– Global connectivity
– Europe’s busiest airport
– From Harlow (by road): 54 mins / 51 miles


Other London Airports
(from Harlow, by road):
London Southend: 52 mins / 35 miles
London City: 32 mins / 22 miles
London Luton: 49 mins / 42 miles
London Gatwick: 1 hr / 58 miles

Unrivalled multimodal freight transport connectivity...

For industrial businesses, Essex’s ‘UK Multimodal Gateway’ provides freight transport infrastructure that is unrivalled within the UK:

Essex’s multimodal freight transport hub incorporates:

  • 4 Sea Ports: Handling containers and all other all cargo types
  • 6 Rail Freight Terminals: Providing fast connections to UK and European markets
  • 6 London Airports: Accessible within 1 hour
  • Direct Motorway Links: Providing fast access to UK and European markets

Find out more

Contact INVEST Essex to find out more about Essex as the optimal location for your high-technology business.

[1] Google Maps, 2015