Discovery Park celebrated its sixth birthday with some of the 150+ companies who are playing their part in continuing the science park’s development as an international, world class facility.
It’s been quite a journey for the site, but the foundations laid since its launch as a multi-business science, technology and business campus in 2012 has ensured its position as a key driver of Kent’s economy.
The success over the past six years, going from circa 800 to 3,000+ staff and five companies to150 with millions of pounds invested in office and refurbished laboratory space has been a remarkable story – and there’s more to come as the owners of Discovery Park plan for further development.
Mayer Schreiber, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Park, said:
“It’s a great journey we’ve been on starting from the early days when there was a very small community to the much broader mix of tenants we have today with 150+ businesses and organisations employing over 3,000 people.
“We are now looking at how we can bring about future growth and seeing how we can continue to develop Discovery Park as an international, world class facility, further building the unique ecosystem we have here and our range of services.”
Ollie Tames, Director with science business Intensichem, said:
“We were here from the very beginning. when there wasn’t much activity with very few companies then based on site. It’s been great to see the significant growth since that time.”
Intensichem play a vital role in the development of new drugs and medicines, with its unique flow technology allowing clients to manufacture tonnes of what are known as API materials. This allows drug companies to produce their new treatments on a commercial scale.
“For us, it’s been a great place to be located with world class facilities and access to other science companies who might need our services. It’s also been helpful being somewhere where we can call on a range of other businesses for support too.”
James Mannings is a Director with Top Villas; a global luxury villa hire company that has enjoyed huge success since joining Discovery Park. He said:
“We have loved being part of the Discovery Park story. It has not only provided us with a great environment to grow our business but has something of a wow factor too.
“We arrived initially with a team of 12 and have grown that to 30 with a further 10 based off site. As our HQ we wanted to be located in a place the created the right impression. That has been a real benefit to us.”
The celebrations coincided with a new office move for Discovery Park and the arrival on site of several new tenants including Invicta Health CIC with ebb solutions and ezobord starting their business journey in the Start Up Zone.
There has also been expansion news for a number of businesses, including leading UK biotech Centauri Therapeutics, Think Big Tech, Euroforest Ltd, MP Associates and Wavesearch.