(Office hours 9.00am-5:00pm)

Join a thriving community of innovators, entrepreneurs and like-minded businesses

Flexible offices and shared workspace in Essex

01206 405 500
Office hours 9am – 5pm

Innovation Centre
Knowledge Gateway, Boundary Road
Colchester, CO4 3ZQ

Rent private office space for 1-30 people, dedicated desks, COVID-secure coworking space, or virtual offices, all with super flexible rolling monthly contracts.

Flexible workspace set within an exciting research and technology community

With as little as one month’s notice, our centre gives you freedom to get the right balance for your business, making it hassle free with limited risk. And the best bit? You’ll be in amongst our community of like-minded individuals, with a full calendar of events, workshops and COVID-secure networking opportunities to get involved in. Whatever your situation, we can help with a supportive space to start and grow your business.

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The support available to us as a result of being a part of the Innovation Centre is fantastic. Their contacts and connections have proved invaluable, and being a part of an ecosystem of forward-thinking, innovative companies and individuals is a great benefit to any business.”

Chris Frogner, Arma Karma

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Join a community of like-minded entrepreneurs

The perfect base for your business

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Private office space for 1-30 people

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24-hour access, with on-site security

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Situated on the University of Essex’s Colchester campus

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Flexible rental and notice periods, with no long-term commitment

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Free ultra fast broadband

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Scale up and grow with free, strategic business support from our in-house Innovation Director

Private Office Space

Everything you’d expect from a fully-serviced office, available in a range of sizes to suit your business as it flexes and grows. A place where you want your company to be and place where you want your clients to see.

  • A dedicated customer experience/reception service
  • Access to free on-site business support
  • Mail and call-handling services
  • Free high speed Wi-FI
  • Access to kitchen with free tea and coffee making facilities
  • Access to coworking spaces
  • Free access to events held at the centre
  • Discount on meeting room rates
  • On-site car parking*

*Subject to license and availability

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Dedicated Desks

If it’s just you, but you want a permanent working space outside your home in the company of similar-thinking individuals.

From £200 per month you will get:

  • Your own personal station in a shared space
  • Secure pedestal for securing your business valuables
  • Free Wi-Fi, use of copier, printer and scanner
  • Inclusive on-site business support
  • Access to kitchen with free tea and coffee making facilities
  • Discount on meeting room rates
  • Free access to all events held in the centre

Coworking Space

If you don’t need a permanent desk but want the option of using our COVID-secure facilities.

 From £125 per month you will get:

  • Choice of tables and chairs in our shared co-working space
  • Free Wi-Fi, use of copier, printer and scanner
  • Free access to all business support and social events held in the centre
  • A place to meet clients and network with local business experts
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Virtual Offices

If you want the professional image but don’t need a physical space to work.

From £55 per month you will get:

  • Prestigious company address
  • Mail forwarding
  • Call handling
  • Access to free on-site business support
  • Discounted meeting room hire

Free Business Support & Expertise

It’s a challenge running any business, especially during times of uncertainty or when you’re just starting out. That’s why we offer a completely free package of business support to each and every customer, to help you with everything you need to succeed.

  • One-to-one business support
  • Connect with external experts and potential clients
  • Access to support programmes
  • Virtual and in-person business masterclasses
  • Networking opportunities
Neil Griffin

Neil Griffin, Innovation Director

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Brand New, Purpose-Built Facilities

  • Reception, mail and call handling services
  • On-site parking and bike storage
  • Meeting and conference rooms
  • On-site café and business lounge
  • Flexible coworking spaces
  • Free expert business support
  • Kitchen and drink making facilities 
  • On-campus sports centre & gym
  • Day nursery close by
  • Campus Post Office, Restaurants & Bars

Interested in joining our tech community?

Find out how our customers are thriving at ICKG

Grow your innovative business at the University of Essex’s Knowledge Gateway.

For more information about pricing, availability, or to arrange a virtual or socially distanced tour, please get in touch.

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What our customers say

“Have found the staff, facilities & professional experience at ICKG of real beneficial support to the development & growth of my business. Great value for money with a very high standard of customer care, plus positive engagement - especially in these current challenging times - with good safe working practices deployed to ensure business as usual”
Tony Parker
Tony Parker
Borland Insurance
“The Innovation Centre provides a natural home for innovative start ups and is one of the newest and most exciting hubs in the East of England tech ecosystem. With its close relationship to the University of Essex the Innovation Centre sits on the cusp of business and academia and is a model for catalysing the purposeful innovation that the UK economy will need to thrive in the coming years”
Tim Robinson
Tim Robinson
CEO, Tech East

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To find out more about any of the services available at the Innovation Centre, or to arrange a viewing, please contact our centre team directly by completing the form, or by calling:

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