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Three new tenants for Discovery Park

Jonathan Clarke, managing director Morgan Jones
Jonathan Clarke, managing director Morgan Jones

Three new tenants have moved into the former Pfizer site in Sandwich.

Morgan Jones, Composite Resin Developments and Wilkins Kennedy are the latest additions to the 220-acre science, technology and business complex now known as Discovery Park.

Composite Resin Developments is moving its factory from Margate to Discovery Park to cope with planned growth and aims to start manufacturing at its new site in September. It could involve doubling staff numbers from five to 10 within 12 months.

Mike Jackson, managing director, said: “Relocating to a facility which offers 8,000sqft of quality manufacturing space has enabled us to expand the company and our product range, with a focus on exporting goods. We currently employ five people but hope to expand this to 10 within the next 12 months. The facilities, location and quality of the buildings are superb at Discovery Park and we look forward to increasing business opportunities in the future.”

Discovery Park in east Kent
Discovery Park in east Kent

Recruitment agency Morgan Jones hires staff for a wide range of organisations and disciplines, including admin/clerical, pharmaceutical, engineering, sales and marketing, IT, finance, law and accountancy. It has offices in Broadstairs and Victoria, London.

Jonathan Clarke, managing director, said: “Discovery Park will provide an extension to our operation and utilise the services that are currently available to existing clients. Discovery Park represents a very exciting prospect for business in the East Kent area and we are very pleased to be part of it.”

For Wilkins Kennedy, the accounting and business advisory firm, Discovery Park is its third office in Kent, joining others in Ashford and Orpington.

Derek Read heads the new office. He said: “Following the investment in the Turner Contemporary Centre, alongside central and regional government regeneration initiatives, a significant level of research has been undertaken and there are several initiatives bringing investment in to the area, such as the Portas Pilot Pop up Scheme, the Grow for it in Kent campaign and the East Kent Expansion Fund loans. These initiatives, coupled with the development of Discovery Park and Manston Airport, make the region an exciting place to be doing business and we were attracted to the site because of its potential and the potential of the surrounding areas.”

Anna Stone, leasing manager at Discovery Park, said: “We are delighted to bring on board a further three businesses and this is another welcome boost for the park and for the East Kent region. Over the course of the last nine months we have introduced 36 new organisations to the site covering a diverse range of industries in a variety of work spaces from offices to warehouses and laboratories to manufacturing facilities. As such the Park is now on its way to becoming an enterprise hub where businesses of all sectors can share, connect and engage.”

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