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. 
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 :
|From Harlow (CM17) to:
|Crawley (W Sussex)
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:
– 150 destinations
– European connectivity
– UK’s 4th busiest airport
– From Harlow (by road): 14 mins / 13 miles
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.
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