Construction work of the Maidstone Innovation Centre has continued at pace at the Kent Medical Campus. The building is on course to open next summer and Maidstone Borough Council has welcomed its first tenant CREATION.co – one of the world’s leading consultancies for insights-led health strategy.
Maidstone’s Innovation Centre will be a mixed-use med-tech based development providing flexible office space, facilities and business support for small and medium-sized enterprises working in the life science, healthcare and medical sectors.
Daniel Ghinn, Founder and CEO of CREATION.co said: “We are delighted to be taking office space at Maidstone’s Innovation Centre. As an insights-led strategy company, we now work with most of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies. We are involved with delivering some of the most exciting data-led projects to teams around the world and we wanted to build on our significant growth in 2020 by creating a new strategic HQ.
“Having been a local Maidstone company for over 20 years, we are really excited to be part of this new development at Kent Medical Campus.”
The brand-new Innovation Centre forms part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone and will be a perfect addition for businesses by creating an inspiring environment with a flexible, supportive and professional approach. For those looking to start, develop or transform their companies, it will fast become the place to impress clients, motivate their teams and drive their future.
Despite delays to the work because of the Covid-19 lockdowns, building work has continued and the Innovation Centre is now taking shape in preparation for new businesses to move in during the summer of 2021.
Maidstone Borough Council Leader – Cllr Martin Cox, said: “The Innovation Centre is a very exciting new facility for Maidstone which is going to help businesses and entrepreneurs in the med-tech sector stand-out from the crowd.
“One of MBCs priorities is Embracing Growth and Enabling Infrastructure’ and this fantastic new building will do just that. It will encourage and enable new companies to launch their businesses right here in Maidstone, the business capital of Kent.”
The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-20 and has previously received funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). Maidstone Borough Council is reinvesting over £5.2m in recovered business rates from the Enterprise Zone into the building.