A wider supportive network

In addition to your creative neighbours within Innovation Centre, your business is surrounded by a wider community that brings all sorts of added advantages. Simply being based on the Knowledge Gateway itself opens you up to other businesses just like yours, presenting great opportunities to collaborate, socialise and network. The adjoining university campus means not only do you have access to technology research and expertise, but you can also go to the gym, do some shopping or even do your banking in your lunch break. So, whether you want to pick the brains of one of our own experienced business leaders, or connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs, we’re here to make that happen.

Linking up with like-minded people

Having a community around you makes it a lot easier to find support when you need it, especially when you have the Innovation Centre team already plugged into this thriving, innovative network. With their help you can connect with collaborators and graduate talent; gain access to award-winning research at the university and keep up-to-date with the latest tech news to stay ahead of the curve.



Campus Facilities

The University of Essex’s Colchester campus is a lively and exciting place to be based, offering businesses:

  • Research facilities including ESSEXLab
  • State-of-the-art interpreting lab, similar to UN standards
  • Four-star Wivenhoe House Hotel and brasserie
  • Conferences on-campus arranged by Event Essex
  • Childcare at Wivenhoe Park Nursery 8am-6pm
  • Graphic design and print for your marketing
  • Sports centre and gym with membership and classes
  • Excellent cafes, restaurants and bars
  • 24-hour mini-market, banks, ATMs, post office
  • Lakeside Theatre and Art Exchange gallery
  • Landscaped parkland covering more than 200 acres

Our members

Meet the businesses you could be working alongside:


Network partners



Invest ESSEX is an investment promotion agency (IPA) and business support provider, part of the Let’s Do Business Group, delivering services for Essex County Council across the Greater Essex area.


Essex County Council is the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Essex in England. It has 75 councillors, elected from 70 divisions, and is currently controlled by the Conservative Party. It contributed £2m to the funding of the Innovation Centre Knowledge Gateway.


The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is one of 38 LEPs, established to provide the clear vision and strategic leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation in their area.


Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION) work with entrepreneurs and companies seeking to raise finance by connecting them with highly active potential investors (‘business angels’), who frequently provide commercial experience and contacts, in addition to vital capital. OION work with companies from across the UK providing investors with the widest possible range of investment opportunities, both in terms of stage of development and capital requirements.

Best for Business ICKG Web


The BEST Growth Hub is a completely FREE and impartial government funded business signposting service. So if you are looking to grow or scale up your business and want to know about all of the business support and funding opportunities then the BEST Growth Hub is your first point of contact.

Tech Nation - ICKG


Tech Nation empowers ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for digital skills, and by championing the UK’s digital sector through data, stories and media campaigns. They are a national network with Entrepreneur Engagement Managers based in 11 regions across the UK. To find out more contact Thea Goodluck, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for the East of England at


Essex Chambers of Commerce helps businesses from SME’s through to national and international companies to succeed, focusing on three essentials to help your business grow:

  • International Trade
  • Business Support
  • Policy & Influence


The Creative Colchester Partnership brings together creative business and arts organisation leaders alongside Higher Education and Local Authority representatives who work on developing a strategic vision to grow Colchester’s creative, cultural and digital economy.


Tech East is a not-for-profit membership organisation for East of England tech businesses who want to succeed on a global stage. The Innovation Centre is part of The Tech East digital passport offering hub across the Eastern region.

Colchester Ultra Ready for Business


Colchester Ultraready is the official business website for Colchester. Whether you are looking to locate here and need information to help make a business case, have an existing business here looking for advice about growth or operating your business or looking to start a new venture this site can help.

Best for Business ICKG Web
Tech Nation - ICKG
Colchester Ultra Ready for Business

Case studies

Get a taste for just some of the incredible success stories that have taken place at ICKG:

Impactful Masterclasses, Events, Meet ups at the Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway

We pride ourselves on putting on not only business essential events but also interesting Meet ups and expert Masterclasses from industry experts that deliver impact to Start up businesses. We believe these add value to our offer and give businesses owners and founders ‘tools’ that they might not have access […]

Make Your Business Successful with Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway Opportunities

Want to make your business successful? Are you running a business from the living room? A sofa is no place to build a business to its full potential. Daily commutes to London are tiring and time-consuming for business owners. Innovators deserve an accessible, established workspace to make the most out […]

Creative Colchester art commission Winner

Earlier this year the Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway along with Creative Colchester held an open call to local artists to submit their work for a commission in the Innovation Centre.  

Customer Referral Scheme

Recommend our workspace to someone you know to receive up to £200 in vouchers.*

This applies for Innovation Centre, Kn30owledge Gateway or any other location managed by Oxford Innovation.


* View our page for terms and conditions

Interested in joining?

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