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Canterbury Innovation Centre milestone

10 July 2009

The Canterbury Innovation Centre today held a ‘topping out' ceremony to mark its structural completion. The £7.3m centre funded by SEEDA, due to open in November 2009, will provide much needed high-tech office space for budding entrepreneurs.

The Centre is being built to connect business with nearby university expertise and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Interest in securing space is high, with companies keen to be a part of this new development. The Centre's sustainable design is generating strong interest from businesses in the environmental technology sector.

Located at the entrance to the University of Kent 's campus, the centre will provide almost 2,300 sq m (25,000 sq ft) of offices, studios and workshops. It will be the first building on the proposed 6.5 hectare (16-acre) Kent Technology Park .

Lee Amor, Executive Director of Development SEEDA said: "Canterbury Innovation Centre will provide an ideal environment for businesses to establish themselves and grow, making the most of the knowledge and skills that the local universities are generating. Transferring knowledge into successful innovative businesses is key to driving the South East's economy out of recession. I am delighted that SEEDA is supporting its partners to deliver this important project."

Professor Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent , said: "The Centre will enable more local and international businesses to access and benefit from research at the University of Kent . It will facilitate innovation and enterprise through the exchange of ideas, knowledge and skills with our staff and students, while helping to rejuvenate the local economy and create new jobs. The University is delighted to be part of this development."

The Innovation Centre is being built by the East Kent Spatial Development Company (EKSDC). Debbie Spalding, EKSDC, said: "The Innovation Centre will have such a positive effect on the economic development in Kent . The prospect of attracting enterprises to the area, working alongside our local businesses, proves how ambitious Kent is in driving innovation in the region."

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