Discovery Park’s Kent enterprise zone proves a success with more than 60 firms on board

News Posted 15/12/13
Park's fortunes have picked up strongly, with dozens of new businesses drawn to the East Kent site

Another three innovative businesses have chosen to relocate to Discovery Park in East Kent, taking its overall tally of tenants to more than 60.

The science and technology park based in Sandwich, which is based on the former Pfizer site, has welcomed design and marketing agency, Angle Studios, information technology specialist Business Computer Solutions (BCS) and life sciences firm, Jaytee Biosciences.

Speaking to South East Business earlier this summer, MD of Discovery Park, Paul Barber, believed there was a strong sense of confidence surrounding the park as it continues to gain momentum.

As he explained, there had been a period of adjustment as it began to remodel itself following Pfizer’s decision to withdraw from the site. But Mr Barber believed the creation of an enterprise zone there had made a significant difference in attracting quality businesses, which have been given rates incentives in order to set up in East Kent.

Ryan Grist, director of new Discovery Park tenant, Angle Studios, which specialises in marketing and design work, believed the site would be ideal for his business.

He said: “We moved to Discovery Park as it is a great business community, it is creating its own network of suppliers for businesses and it is quite clear the Park is aiming to become the best business park in the country. As Angle Studios share the same work ethics we wanted to be part of this exciting new future.

“Within days of being at Discovery Park we have utilised services from other Park businesses, we are working with fellow tenants Big Red Branding and Pure Contribution, and we are in discussions with a number of other tenants, so it is already paying off!”

IT support provider BCS, which employs 20 staff, has opened its second satellite office at Discovery Park, after hearing about the site from existing tenant Big Red Branding.

Gareth Johns, director at BCS, said: “Dave Tappy and Nigel England from Big Red Branding had mentioned the development at the Thanet Business Network breakfast meetings and arranged a tour of the site as one of our meetings. We are a support company, so our thrill is always our part of being involved and helping in the growth of our clients.

pic: Ryan Grist, John Tiley and Gareth Johns

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