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Kent Innovation Centre

Welcome to the Kent Innovation Centre, the perfect setting for your business.

 

Kent Innovation Centre exists to provide quality office space and support to new and innovative businesses.

We offer a full range of office sizes and operate an easy in, easy out licence to occupy. Our philosophy is to provide a professional, quality environment for your business to flourish.

We offer a  supportive environment for our Licensees, with access to shared facilities and services, enabling them to concentrate on business development in a space that offers opportunities for networking.  All businesses located in the Kent Innovation Centre benefit from 200mb high speed internet, integrated telecommunications and great meeting, conferencing spaces.

We have over 50 units, with individual spaces designed for two to ten people. Simple licences, typically terminable on one month’s notice, provide significant flexibility.

With plentiful free on-site parking we are located near Westwood Cross in central Thanet, close to Thanet’s new road systems and high speed rail services, and within easy reach of London, the M25 and mainland Europe.

Please browse our information below and feel free to contact us with any enquiries.

Staying COVID – 19 Secure at the KIC

The Kent Innovation Centre complies with all current government legislation.
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We offer a variety of offices over three floors suitable for 1 to 10 people measuring from 10 to 74 square metres.  The rooms have a painted plaster finish, suspended ceilings and are carpeted throughout with all power and data points fitted throughout. Moving in, out and moving between offices as your business grows, is simplified by our easy-in easy-out licence.

We recognise that start-up innovative and knowledge based businesses need flexibility and an adaptable and supportive environment to encourage their growth.  Provision of comprehensive services allows clients to concentrate on their businesses without the distractions of non-core, property-related issues.  At the Kent Innovation Centre you can move easily not just into the building but also between rooms and types of space to meet your changing business needs, using our flexible licence which is 28 day notice in, out and change.

Licensees join the centre with a variety of different skills and experience. In addition to using the services of our advisers, licensees can meet and learn from each other and ‘shop’ for services from fellow clients to aid their businesses.

The licence package includes a wide range of services and licensees can also benefit from additional services provided at competitive additional charges.

The licence package includes:

  • Reception services provided during normal office hours
  • Superfast broadband internet access up to 300Mbps including a failover device to prevent loss of internet service in the event of an issue with the leased line.
  • Free use of meeting rooms (Conference room, Boardroom)
  • Mail handling
  • On-site parking
  • 24/7 access
  • 24-hour internal & external CCTV
  • Lift giving access to all floors
  • Furnishing, heating and lighting of all communal areas
  • Kitchen and shower facilities
  • Utilities
  • Cleaning of all communal areas and exterior windows
  • Rubbish collection and recycling
  • Entry on the website
  • Fire detection/smoke alarm systems
  • Centre management and maintenance
  • Buildings insurance

In addition to the services included in the package, we can also offer at competitive rates:

  • Direct-dial telephones & calls
  • Printing and photocopying – our copier has a number of facilities, these range from printing and stapling double sided booklets to scanning directly from a USB memory stick
  • Document binding
  • Post franking charged at franking rate plus 10% service charge.

We take one month’s deposit and licences are billed monthly in advance.  Additional services are invoiced monthly in arrears.

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Available Units from 01/08/2024 

Because of our short notice periods, office space comes up very quickly but can also go very quickly.If you are interested in a unit at the KIC please contact us to discuss your requirements even if you don’t see any suitable units listed. We do operate a waiting list.  Existing Licensees who want a larger/smaller unit have priority and customers on the waiting list will be contacted if a suitable unit becomes available.

Floor Room Square Metre Square Foot Person Capacity Licence Fee/Month (ex VAT)
Ground DG1 21.71 233.69 2-3 £446.86
Ground DG2 21.71 233.69 2-3 £446.86
First IF1 23.49 252.85 2-3 £483.50
First IF6 34.59 372.33 3-4 £711.98
First F-03 36.64 394.39 3-4 £754.17
First F-06 99.56 1071.66 10-16 £2,049.28
First IF5 50.17 540.03 5-6 £1,032.67
Second DS4 22.21 239.07 2-3 £457.16
Second DS4a 23.21 249.83 2-3 £477.74
Second DS5 68.44 736.69 7-8 £1408.72
Second IS2 23.72 255.32 2-3 £488.24
Second IS6 34.54 371.79 3-4 £710.95

 

Fully serviced office space with easy-in/easy-out licence terms affording you total flexibility.  We offer a relaxed but professional setting for your business, with 300MB uncontended superfast broadband circuit + backup link, 24/7/365 access and 08:30-17:00  reception cover for that professional and personal welcome to your visitors.

Whether you are looking for a short term base for your business or for something more long term, we would be happy to help you on your way.

We also offer excellent meeting facilities and can accommodate up to 30 people in our large conference room. Alternatively our boardroom provides a more intimate setting for up to 14.

For more information, or a conducted tour of the facilities, please contact us at kentinnovation@thanet.gov.uk or give us a call on 01843 609280.

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Virtual Tenancy Package

The Kent Innovation Centre offers a Virtual Tenancy service.  A company can benefit from many of the advantages of a full tenancy without the cost of renting actual office space.  Our Virtual Tenancy package is ideal for start-up companies operating from home who want their business to benefit from the outward appearance of of being based in the Innovation Centre. Clients can call this location their own; put the address on their stationery, have mail directed here and meet their clients in a choice of impressive and well equipped meeting rooms. (You can have up to two company names on any virtual tenancy package.  Any additional trading names will incur an extra charge of £120.00 per quarter + VAT).

Virtual Tenancy package offers a prestigious mailing address and access to facilities for businesses which are not quite ready, or simply do not need to take on an actual office space.

Our Virtual Tenancy package includes:

  • A Kent Innovation Centre business address
  • A mail holding or mail forwarding service (additional postage fees applicable)
  • A dedicated company phone line
  • Voice mail which is accessible 24/7 with remote set-up and retrieval
  • Entry on Kent Innovation Centre website client listings
  • 25% discount on use of all meeting room facilities 

Charge £120.00 per quarter + VAT (plus additional costs for mail redirection)

A credit check disclaimer form will be sent to you for completion. On receipt of this and satisfactory credit check, an information pack and application form will be sent to you.  On receipt of your application form and payment your Virtual Tenancy will be set up on the arranged date.

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The Kent Innovation Centre provides a professional setting for your meeting, conference or training needs with friendly staff to meet and greet your clients.

We have two rooms available for hire for both internal and external clients.

Conference Room

Light, airy and spacious multi-functional room, perfect for larger functions accommodating up to 30 delegates.  A professional meeting room with flexible layout, which can be arranged in different styles ideal for seminars, training and group events that can cater for up to 30 people.  Fully equipped with audio-visual equipment, WiFi, whiteboard and a flip chart.

Boardroom

A welcoming and light room, the Boardroom is ideal for smaller business meetings and presentations seating up to 12 persons.  We have multi-media projector, laptop facilities, flipchart and WiFi available in the rooms.

Catering

We offer teas, coffees, juice and Chilled/bottled water.

How do I book a meeting room?

Simply contact the KIC team for information on availability and to discuss your requirements.  Should you wish to view the accommodation we have an array of photos we can send through or alternatively a viewing can be arranged.  A booking form will be sent out for completion and once returned we will ensure everything is arranged for your event.

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The Kent Innovation Centre has a prime location in East Kent with onsite parking and good access to London (A299) and Europe (Eurostar from Folkestone & Ashford and ferry crossing from Dover).  The centre is a short taxi ride from Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate railway stations with its frequent high-speed services to the UK’s main railway network, notably London King’s Cross/St Pancras (73 minutes).

Our maps are supplied to you in .pdf format. To read and download them you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader v5, which can be quickly downloaded free of charge from www.adobe.com

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The Kent Innovation Centre was built to give full access to the building with a ramp up to the front door and a lift to all floors.

A Sensor and keypad activated front door has recently been installed which provides automated opening of the main entrance door.  Safety sensors are fitted which will prevent the door from closing if an obstruction is detected.

Accessible toilets are located on each floor and door guards are fitted to fire doors, where needed, which will close automatically in the event of a fire.

All disabled clients have personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP) which is activated in the event of a fire.

We actively encourage our customers with any disability to talk to us about how we can improve our facilities to suit their requirements.

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Licensees at The Kent Innovation Centre comprise a wide range of businesses, each contributing unique and specialist skills and knowledge, creating a vibrant community spirit. Our licensees are start-up and early-stage companies operating within a variety of business sectors.

Accord Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic

“Trusted Compassionate care”

We are a specialist clinic in Broadstairs based at the Kent Innovation centre. We are committed to providing comprehensive physiotherapy for sports, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal problems. Our mission is to provide high standards of care with compassion that patients can trust in a relaxed environment. We pride ourselves in changing patients’ lives for the better with our expertise. We believe that patient-centred care and an integrated therapeutic approach can enhance recovery and restore functional independence.

We are a team of skilled Physiotherapists with a wealth of experience passionate not just to help you to recover from your pain but to deal with the root cause of the problem with a focus on patient education to prevent any future recurrence.

All our physiotherapists are highly experienced and registered with the health professions and care council (HCPC) and with the Chartered Society of physiotherapists (CSP). We are recognised by all major insurance companies including AXA, AVIVA, AETNA, ALLIANZ CARE, CIGNA, WPA, VITALITY, SPEED MEDICAL, GENERAL AND MEDICAL, HEALIX, HEALTHCARE RM, THE PHYSIOTHERAPY NETWORK, THE TREATMENT NETWORK and HCML.

Website: www.accordphysio.co.uk

To Book appointments:

Email: appointments@accordphysio.co.uk

Telephone: 07897504075.

 

Assent Building Control

Assent Building Control are a leading Approved Inspector, licensed by the Construction Industry Council, we provide an alternative to using Local Authority Building Control Services.

Once appointed, we will work in partnership with you, to guide you through the Building Regulation Approval process to ensure a successful conclusion to your project. Working with clients, design teams and contractors to help avoid Building Regulations problems.

With Assent Building Control, you will not get bogged down in bureaucracy, we are there to provide advice and ideas whenever and wherever you need help. Working with you, not against you.

We work with everyone, and deal with projects large and small, from major commercial projects through to domestic extensions and alterations.

Email: chrisjones@assentbc.co.uk

Website: www.assentbc.co.uk 

Bamptons Management Ltd

Email: info@bamptonsmanagement.co.uk

Beyond The Page Ltd.

Women’s Voices Together, Building Strong Communities”

BTP Ltd is a non-profit organisation working in Thanet. We offer women-only spaces for English language learning and community building. Our project “United Mothers” brings together women from all backgrounds, countries and languages to develop speaking confidence, make friends and learn about local community services. There are two open groups and one in a safe house for women who have been trafficked or are victims of modern-day slavery. We meet weekly in school term times. All groups are completely free and there are no enrolment criteria, exams or fixed courses.

Women tell us: “It’s friendly, relaxing, fun and helpful”    “It’s better than a few Red Bulls!”   and “It’s food for the soul”. It’s a place to learn from, and about, each other.

For more information please contact our Executive Director Dr Sheila Macdonald: sheila@beyondthepage.org.uk or go to www.beyondthepage.org.uk

Charm Chiropractic 

Charm Chiropractic is headed up by Chris Barron D.C, who, after years suffering from back pain
working as a chef, received chiropractic treatment and never looked back. Amazed at how much it
had helped him, Chris undertook his D.C (doctor of chiropractic training) and started his own
practice in 2018.

Chris is passionate about the patient experience, employing current methods at the highest level to
work with each individual, ensuring that he keeps the patient at the heart of his practice.

Book your appointment today at https://www.charmchiropractic.co.uk or call 07515913108. 

Kings Evangelical Divinity School

King’s is a non-denominational institution providing innovative and competitively-priced theological studies by open and distance learning.  Courses include our Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts programmes which are validated by the University of Chester. King’s utilises innovations and developments in technology to deliver courses and emphasise a strongly interactive online learning experience, while the school’s innovative eCampus provide students with a range of resources in various media formats to enable them to complete their studies.

Email: office@kingsdivinity.org

Website: www.kingsdivinity.org

Medical Case Notes Assessments Ltd

Email: admin@medicalcasenotes.co.uk

Website: www.medicalcasenotes.co.uk 

New City Media

New City Media are consultants specialising in the development and implementation of AV (Audio Visual) control systems for corporate and educational environments, and the wireless transmission of HD (High Definition) video within conference facilities.

Email: thanetbiz@yahoo.co.uk

N & S Design Solutions Ltd

Electro mechanical design consultants, working primarily with Solidworks 3D CAD. Design projects taken from initial concept to volume manufacture, consultancy support to clients’ design teams, cost reduction of existing designs and stress analysis.  We also have 3D printing resource in-house

Email: nickdynes@nsdesignsolutions.co.uk

Website:  www.nsdesignsolutions.co.uk 

Palm Deaf

We are Palm Deaf.  We are a limited company “Palm Deaf BSL Training Ltd’ and also a Community Interest Company (not for profit) ‘Palm Deaf Community Services’.

Palm Deaf BSL Training provides training services in Deaf Awareness and British Sign Language to help communicate with people who are Deaf or who have a hearing loss, or to people who are interested in learning a new language.  We offer accredited Signature courses that can either be delivered from our training room here at the KIC, or we can bring our expertise and experience to you and deliver courses ‘in-house’.  We deliver BSL training from Level 1 right through to Level 6.  British Sign Language is not only fun to learn, but is also a great addition to any CV when applying for jobs.

Palm Deaf Community Services is our passion and has been set up so that we can help the Deaf community.  We have a great desire to do what we can to help and support them. We therefore apply for grants and funding that help us to dedicate certain services to the local Deaf community ensuring that they have better access to employment opportunities and the community around them.  This enables us to provide employability, numeracy, literacy and language development workshops.  It also means that we can provide employment opportunities for Deaf people that are then able to support other Deaf people that need help to take part in work experience placements and volunteer work.  This in turn promotes ‘forward giving’ in the local community.

Webpage: www.palmdeaf.co.uk

Email: hello@palmdeaf.co.uk

Phone: 07960 254958

Profile Development and Training Ltd

Since 2008 Profile Development and Training has been delivering high-quality training across Kent and the South East.  Specialising in work-based training, our mission is to provide relevant, cost-effective training for companies and individuals, enabling them to realise their full potential in the work place.  Accessing government funding, where available, to keep our customers’ costs down, we offer apprenticeships in IT, Supporting Teaching and Learning, Business and Administration, Social Media and Digital Marketing and Customer Service.  Where our customers require bespoke training programmes, we work with them to provide the training that is right for them.

Email: enquiries@profiledt.co.uk

Website:  www.profiledt.co.uk

Prospero

Email: pgc@prospero.co

Website:  www.prospero.co

SafeRack Ltd

With the combined experience of 200+ years, we work together as a team to help solve your loading rack problems.  And unlike other companies, when you call SafeRack you’ll always be greeted by a live person who can help answer your questions.  We pride ourselves on one-on-one customer service and we believe that your will notice the difference.

Email: jverlander@saferack.com

Website: www.saferack.com

Sky Tag

Skytag are now the largest independent stolen vehicle recovery company in the UK, providing state of the art location equipment to recover your property quickly and efficiently.  With a 100% recovery and an 11 minutes fastest record, they are proud to offer a service second to none.  With unique features like monthly operation checks and direct police access to live location information.

The Skytag device is a very small covert unit designed to be hidden in a vehicle, self- instillation enhances the covert nature of the product as everyone will put it somewhere different, making it virtually impossible to find, this also reduces costs and makes the unit easily transferable from vehicle to vehicle with no charges.

Email: guy@skytag-gps.co.uk

Website: www.skytag-gps.co.uk

Spring Association Management Ltd

Spring Associate Management are specialists in the management of not-for-profit organisations, providing all the administrative functions including secretariat, organisation of exhibitions, conferences, seminars, membership administration, banking, newsletters (both paper and electronic) website maintenance, bookkeeping and management accounting.

Email: contact@spring-management.co.uk

Website: www.spring-management.co.uk

Thanet & East Kent Chamber

Email: davidfoley@tekc.co.uk

Website: www.tekc.co.uk

Thanet Health Community Interest Company

One Team One Service

Everyone together for a healthier Thanet

Our mission is to deliver superior quality integrated healthcare for the people who live and work in Thanet, preferably by people of or affiliated with Thanet.

The Thanet Health Community Interest Company (TH CIC)

TH CIC will exhibit stewardship, transparency and creativity in the management of all its services and resources used.

Email – kmccg.thcic@nhs.net

Website – https://www.thanethealthcic.co.uk/

Thanet Safe Ltd

Thanet Safe Ltd is part of a national body of Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRP), we work closely with the Police and Thanet District Council’s CCTV. Thanet Safe Ltd is a two way radio hire and information sharing scheme where we, along with our members endeavour to detect and prevent retail crime and anti-social behaviour 24 hours a day. We provide and facilitate information between our members and other agencies to good effect and host various seminars throughout the year to our members on topics such as Cyber Crime, Counter Terrorism and Travelling Gangs.

Email: mac@thanetsafe.co.uk

Three R’s Ltd

Three R’s Teacher Recruitment specialise in the recruitment of teachers for Schools in Kent. We provide a recruitment service to teachers who are seeking either supply or permanent work and we provide placements in Primary, Secondary, Independent and Special Education Schools.

We have been established since 2001 and have additional offices in Ashford, Tunbridge Wells, Medway and Dartford. We operate a 24 hour on call service and can be contacted for any emergency supply on 0345 130 3338.

Phone: 0345 130 3338

Email: Leah@3rs-ltd.co.uk or nicki@3rs-ltd.co.uk

Website: www.3rs-ltd.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/3rsltd

Twitter: twitter.com/ThreeRsTeachers

Turning Point

Email: Julia.Evans2@turning-point.co.uk

Website: www.turning-point.co.uk

UHY Hacker Young

UHY Hacker Young is one of the top firms of chartered accountants based in Kent.  UHY can assist with traditional accountancy and taxation services from bookkeeping to auditing and from self assessment to corporate tax returns.  Other specialisms include providing accountancy services to the not for profit sector and the legal profession.  In particular UHY Hacker Young is proud to be working with many Academy Schools located in Kent.

Auto enrolment is fast approaching for many businesses, UHY are able to offer a fixed fee for assisting businesses to set up an appropriate scheme and can provide a fixed fee quote for running payroll.

UK Software Ltd

Email: john.messeter@uksoftware.ltd.uk

Website: www.uksoftware.ltd.uk

 

 

 

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Aquaread

One of the centres most successful companies has recently moved on after being a licencee here for five years. Aquaread Ltd who are now a market leader in their field grew their business dramatically in their time at KIC,  starting with just one office they went on to win multi business awards for innovation and they now continue their success in their own premises.

Acorn Bowman

“We were licensees at the Kent Innovation Centre for over 10 years whilst our business grew and become established in the area. During those early years of setting up a business we needed to know our office was secure and internet access was reliable in order to maintain our business without interruption. The flexibility offered by the KIC enabled us to grow and become a professional company with professional business facilities. The KIC were able to fulfill our every requirement over the years. As our business grew we increased the occupancy size of our office within the KIC without the concerns of a long term lease.

We were recently able to purchase and refurbish our own premises which enabled us to move out of the KIC making way for new companies to apply for office space and establish their businesses using the the great facilities afforded by the KIC.

We received great support from the KIC reception/office staff which made our stay at the KIC extremely enjoyable, nothing was ever too much trouble and they were always happy to help.”

Phil & Vicky Bowman (ABFIM Ltd)

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