West Essex Alliance

Harlow is in a prime, pivotal location on London’s doorstep, mid-way between London and Cambridge providing businesses unique access to key regional, national and international markets.

As well as capitalising from Harlow’s strategic location, Harlow Enterprise Zone provides significant benefits to investors, developers and businesses by offering:

  • A streamlined planning process through the use of Local Development Orders, allowing development to take place on site quicker, bypassing the normal planning application route.
  • A business rates discount worth up to £275,000 (per business) over a five year period, providing a financial incentive for new and growing businesses within the target sectors.
  • Access to superfast broadband, ensuring business competitiveness is enhanced by excellent connectivity.

Target Sector Development

Harlow Enterprise Zone will create the right conditions for the key target sectors to flourish, offering easy access to existing and new supply chains; training and specialist technical support; and a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce.

Specialist networks provide a business friendly environment, offering the opportunity of business-to-business collaboration and innovation.
Harlow is a partner in Anglia Ruskin University’s MedTech Campus project which will deliver a “global leading centre for medical innovation”. As part of this, it is envisaged that a MedTech Innovation Centre will be located within Harlow Enterprise Zone, enabling located business to access ARU’s bespoke business innovation support.