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Harlow is a superb location for business

The Enterprise Zone is situated 5 minutes from Junction 7 of the M11, providing easy access to London, Stansted Airport, Cambridge and the wider national motorway network.


As well as the excellent road access to the Enterprise Zone, Harlow also benefits from good train connections through its two mainline stations – Harlow Town and Harlow Mill, providing direct access to London Liverpool Street, Stansted Airport and Cambridge. Central London can be reached in 35 minutes and Stansted in 20 minutes. Utilising the London Underground connection at Tottenham Hale, Oxford Circus can be reached in 45 minutes.

Harlow Council is currently working with Essex County Council to develop a new motorway junction on the M11 to the north east of the town (Junction 7a), which would provide even faster access to the motorway from the Enterprise Zone. Delivery of this is forecast for 2019/20.


As well as the locational advantages of Harlow, businesses establishing themselves in the Harlow Enterprise Zone will have the following specific benefits: -

  • Business rate relief of up to £55,000 per year for a five year period
  • An existing planning framework which means in most case a planning application is not required for building alterations or for new buildings
  • Fast tracking of the provision of superfast broadband


Harlow sits within an attractive area of the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside on the River Stort. The town provides a mix of housing and the Enterprise Zone itself is immediately adjacent to the award winning Newhall development, providing high quality family housing. The attractive villages of Hertfordshire and north Essex are within Harlow’s catchment area.

The town has a strong business base and is already a sub-regional employment centre. Historically the town has been home to businesses such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pitney Bowes and Nortel and today provides around 25,000 jobs for the local economy. The presence of these employers ensures that the area has a strong skills base particularly in life sciences and manufacturing.

Harlow sits at the heart of the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor. This provides a significant catchment of 3.3million people within an approximate one hour journey of Harlow. This population is set to grow by 20% by 2032. The area has a strong economy and skills base with 41% of an expanding working age population qualified to degree level. The business base is also growing with a 2.2% increase between 2008 and 2010, despite a global recession.

The area benefits from a strong educational offer, which is expanding year on year. As well as the proposed location of Anglia Ruskin University on the Enterprise Zone, ARU already has a presence in the town in partnership with Harlow College. In September 2014 the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College opened providing science and technology programmes for 14 – 19 year olds, complementing the target activities on the Enterprise Zone.

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