Silicon Valley, Old Street… Croydon? How an expanded Gatwick could fast-track the UK’s tech and science revolution

Published on : Friday, August 29, 2014

Gatwick-AirportThe expansion of Gatwick Airport could be pivotal for the UK’s burgeoning science and technology sector new research has shown.The Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector is one of the major growth areas for UK plc, with a growth rate nearly three times faster than all other industries. With smaller ‘start-ups’ and SMEs helping drive this growth, many are focussing on areas outside of central London where office space is more readily available.

Research shows that Gatwick Airport now sits at the heart of a series of emerging technology, science and research hubs throughout the south east in areas such as Croydon, Brighton, East Kent, Guildford and Stevenage.

These tech and science centres already benefit from fast and direct rail connections to Gatwick and would further benefit from the expansion of the airport – a second runway would offer science and tech businesses more flights and lower fares to other major European tech centres such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Dublin, and Helsinki.

With these emerging sectors led by smaller ‘start-ups’ and SMEs, low cost business travel is also of importance. Gatwick already provides low-cost travel to 46 of the top 50 European business destinations. ‘Game-changing’ low cost long-haul flights to New York and Los Angeles have also been launched by Norwegian Air, creating further opportunities for small businesses to explore such as New York’s ‘Silicon Alley’ in Manhattan. A ground-breaking trade mission by Enterprise Nation will use the low cost flights to take 60 UK small firms from Gatwick to New York next month.


Source:- Gatwick Airport

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