Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Haverhill: The Epicentre innovation centre at Haverhill Research Park gets £2milliion funding boost

11:00 08 July 2014

Concept picture of The Epicentre at Haverhill Research Park

Concept picture of The Epicentre at Haverhill Research Park

Archant

A new innovation centre dedicated to improving the prospects of west Suffolk’s small businesses has been handed a £2million funding boost.

shares

The Epicentre will sit at the heart of the fledgling Haverhill Research Park and provide facilities for start-up and growing businesses, with a focus on the ICT, bio-tech and agri-tech sectors.

The 30,000 sq ft, four-storey centre could create as many as 300 new jobs when it opens in September 2015.

The New Anglia and Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP) local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) put in a joint bid for funding for the project from the government’s Growth Deal, securing a big chunk of the innovation centre’s £5.4m total cost.

Grahame Nix, chief executive of GCGP, said: “Haverhill Research Park is ideally located to provide much needed new innovation space for a range of pioneering businesses looking to start-up and grow.

“Its location close to Cambridge – the globally renowned innovation capital – means that we can help to expand the positive impact of the Cambridge phenomenon beyond the city boundaries, enabling the wider economy to flourish.”

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia, added: “There is great potential to grow the number of hi-tech businesses in west Suffolk.

“The Innovation Centre will be a flagship building and a catalyst for the rapid development of the wider research park.

“It is a great vote of confidence in the project that we have secured this funding from government.”

The Epicentre will include high specification offices and research and development space, as well as conference and meeting rooms, training facilities and a coffee shop.

There will also be a work hub for shared working, allowing people to ‘hot desk’ renting a desk for an hour, day, weekly or monthly.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock said: “This is fantastic news for the wider local economy, but I am delighted to see that the New Anglia LEP and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP growth plans both support the development of Haverhill.

“The Haverhill Innovation Centre will be a great boost for the town, supporting hi-tech local jobs and the growth and expansion of local businesses.

“It will help keep Haverhill moving forward, increasingly becoming a hi-tech town on the up with more high-end jobs.”

The Epicentre only secured detailed planning permission from St Edmundsbury Borough Council last month, and council leader John Griffiths welcomed the investment.

“West Suffolk has a strong track record of delivering successful projects and getting the job done,” he said.

“I would like to thank the New Anglia and Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEPs for working so well with us, and for sharing our commitment to Haverhill and its leading role in providing employment, investment and the future prosperity for West Suffolk, where it is such an important town.”

The park off the A1307 is eventually set to create 2,000 new jobs, while 150 homes and leisure venues are also being provided.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The fire broke out in a kitchen of a ground floor flat High Street North, West Mersea at 8pm.

Firefighters tackled a flat blaze in north-east Essex on Thursday night.

Jonny Williams, pictured during his loan spell at Ipswich Town earlier this season

Ipswich Town have completed a sensational double swoop moments before the 5pm ‘emergency’ loan deadline – landing Jonny Williams and Zeki Fryers from Crystal Palace.

Network Rail engineers carried out essential track repairs in the tunnel near Ipswich train station. It started at 11pm and is expected to finish at 5am on Friday.

Rail services in Suffolk were delayed on Thursday night due to emergency engineering work.

The search and rescue operation off the coast of Felixstowe.

Two illegal immigrants plunged to their deaths in north-east Essex after desperately jumping from a ship in an attempt to swim to shore after a failed attempt to smuggle themselves in to the UK, an inquest has heard.

A Hyundai i20, BMW 120 and another vehicle, unknown at this stage, were involved in the collision on the A14 eastbound at Beyton at 7.50pm, police said.

A three-vehicle crash on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds injured three motorists tonight.

Strikes in Byford Road, Sudbury was hit by ram raiders

A stolen Land Rover was used to smash down the door of a bowling alley in Sudbury last night, before the raiders stole money and a change machine from inside the building.

Roe deer feeding in oilseed rape field, Suffolk, by Kevin Sawford

An award-winning wildlife photographer will be giving an illustrated talk on his craft to a group of like-minded enthusiasts.

A bus and a woman have collided in St Andrew's Street South, Bury St Edmunds.

A young woman has been taken to hospital after being involved in a collision with a bus in Bury St Edmunds.

A 27-year-old woman was jogging in Grove Road when a cyclist grabbed her buttock as he cycled past at around 6.30pm on Tuesday,  March 10.

Police are linking three sexual assault incidents in Felixstowe, it was announced today.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages