Jobs boost for Discovery Park as four firms move operations to former Pfizer site
Discovery Park in
Sandwich is enticing businesses to fill vacant office space
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
Four companies have boosted job numbers at the former Pfizer
site in Sandwich by moving key operations to the complex.
The quartet have increased the total number of companies on
Discovery Park to close to 20.
The latest moves are a vote of confidence for the company that
bought the site and is investing in updating facilities with a view
to attracting at least 3,000 jobs over the next few years.
It offers growing companies Enterprise
Zone status and interest-free loans under the Expansion East Kent
FosterCare UK, Vital Software, A4P Bio and Communicate are the
latest inward investors in the 220-acre park.
Paul Barber, managing director of Discovery Park Ltd (pictured
left), said: "We are delighted that Discovery Park has been chosen
as the base for these diverse businesses, which will benefit the
local area in terms of jobs and investment."
He added: "Our vision is to create a thriving business hub
centred around world class science and technology facilities we
already have on site.
"To have welcomed four new businesses to Discovery Park and into
Innovation House, our dedicated luxury office accommodation, is
testament to our commitment to creating a vibrant work environment
where businesses can connect, share and engage."
FosterCare UK, an independent fostering company employing 98
people, has moved its head office to the park to meet rising
Managing director Jonathan Toomey said: "Moving our head office
to Discovery Park has enabled FosterCare UK to bring all of the
high quality, child-centred services we provide into one central
"As a rapidly growing Kent-based business, the new office space
gives us room to expand our services and continue the recruitment
of new foster carers in specialist areas."
Keith Bushell, managing director of Vital Software, which works
for the automotive industry in the UK, Australia and the
Netherlands, said: "Discovery Park is the perfect location for our
13 UK-based staff."