We’re building for the future on Britain’s Enterprise Coast!

Invest in Dover at MIPIM UK 21-23 October2015, London Olympia (Stand E25)

The Enterprise Coast – Dover, Deal and Sandwich – is being transformed with the delivery of multi-million pound investments in town centre and waterfront regeneration; a major revival of Dover’s Western Docks; a Master Plan for further development of the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone in Sandwich, and; the creation of the Betteshanger Sustainable Parks near Deal.  Alongside plans for 14,000 new homes it represents the biggest investment in a generation, all just an hour from London by high-speed train!

Nowhere is closer to European markets with the Port of Dover handling £100bn worth of trade and over 13 million passengers annually.  With ferry services to Calais and Dunkerque operating 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, more and more companies are choosing to relocate to the Enterprise Coast.  Multipanel UK reshored its high-tech manufacturing operation from China to Dover thanks to its excellent transport links with Europe and the rest of the UK.  The company’s £12m factory at Eythorne near Dover has recently moved to 24 hour production to meet demand.  

The Port of Dover is expanding too with a massive capital programme that is already transforming the Eastern Docks ferry terminal and is about to revive the Western Docks, providing a new cargo berths and a port-centric distribution facility as well as greater space and efficiency in the fery terminal.   Creating over 600 new jobs, there are also plans for a new marina and exciting waterfront opportunity.  The Port is working with Bride Hall Real Estate Partners on a mixed-use waterfront development, with plans to link up with the £60m St James town centre scheme being developed by Dover District Council and its development partner, Bond City Ltd.

Work is underway on the demolition of Burlington House in Dover town centre to make way for the St James’s development.  Demolition of the 1970s tower block is symbolic of the town’s regeneration.  In its place will be 120,000 sq. ft. of new retail and leisure space, including a 6-screen Cineworld multiplex cinema and a 108-bed Travelodge hotel.  Retail and restaurant tenants already signed up for the development include M&S, Next, Bella Italia and Frankie & Benny’s.  The development will create over 500 new jobs.

Investments in skills and training are also being delivered to match employers’ needs.  Construction of a £6.5m Maritime Skills Academy is currently underway in Dover.  Developed by Viking Recruitment, the facility will feature state-of-the-art training facilities for maritime employers, including a survival pool, bridge and engine room simulators, hospitality training, and conference facilities.  East Kent College meanwhile has invested £2.9m in their Dover campus to support vocational training in engineering, construction trades, and tourism.   The college is working with the Port of Dover to match skills with the Port's plans.  A new website ( is linking training and education opportunities to the needs of local employers.

East Kent College is also developing its science curriculum from their new HQ at the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone in Sandwich.  Europe’s largest science and technology hub, Discovery Park is home to over 125 companies and 2,200 employees.  Alongside major pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Mylan are a myriad of life science and biotech companies, supported by an ever growing business services community in an innovation cluster.   Facilities include research and development laboratories and specialist niche manufacturing facilities, commercial office space and warehouse solutions.  Genea Biomedx of Australia chose Discovery Park as its European HQ and the first ever IVF media manufacturing facility in the UK.   A Master Plan for the further development of Discovery Park is expected to be submitted to Dover District Council in Autumn 2015.

Science and technology of a different nature will be a core part of the development of the 121 hectare Betteshanger Sustainable Parks by the Hadlow Group.  This unique £40m project on the site of a former coal mine will combine a 21st century environmental complex providing office and micro-business incubation units for food technology, agriculture, and sustainable energy, with education, eco-tourism and heritage.  The first phase is currently under construction with the creation of a Visitor Centre, incorporating the Kent Mining Heritage Museum, Green Energy Centre, café, conferencing facilities, and cycling centre at the Betteshanger Country Park.

Dover District Council is the first local authority in East Kent to have a full Local Development Framework following adoption of its Land Allocations Local Plan (LALP).  Together with the Council’s Core Strategy this gives developers certainty about land identified for potential development for the next 20 years.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader, Dover District Council, said:  “We’re once again working with Discovery Park and the Port of Dover in raising the profile of the significant investment opportunities across the Enterprise Coast.  We’re building for the future with new investments in housing, business, skills and infrastructure that will create new jobs and wealth. 

“The Enterprise Coast has it all.  Unrivalled connections to European markets, high speed links to the Capital, significant business incentives for start-up and growing companies, and an enviable coastal lifestyle.”

Invest in Dover will be exhibiting at MIPIM UK (Stand E25) London Olympia from 21-23 October 2015. 

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Media enquiries: Kevin Charles, Dover District Council

Tel: 01304 872309

Posted on 15/10/2015