Didcot Growth Accelerator

Harnessing cutting edge research and development from Science Vale UK – one of the most important science based clusters in Europe



Accelerating growth in Science Vale UK

Science Vale UK’s Enterprise Zone is one of the most important science based areas in Europe. First awarded Enterprise Zone status in 2012, it comprises The Harwell Campus and Milton Park – renowned for its bio-science cluster. The second Enterprise Zone, The Didcot Growth Accelerator, went live in spring 2016.

We have an outstanding pedigree in global research and innovation. The location of the UK’s national Space Gateway at Harwell accommodates a vibrant community of space and space related businesses. Culham Science Centre is the focal point for the European fusion research programme (JET).

The new Enterprise Zone, The Didcot Growth Accelerator, is taking ideas from inception to commercial success. Prototyping and production design infrastructure and market development capabilities are being established in close proximity to the research communities and experts in their field.

Fulfilling Potential:

The Didcot Growth Accelerator builds on the enormous potential for leading the next wave of UK science and technology growth through local access to world class research. Science Vale UK is renowned for its research and development of:

  • Big Data
  • advanced materials
  • energy-related technologies

The Didcot Growth Accelerator will attract collaborative, cross-sector businesses, targeting wide ranging, end-user applications and markets. Our Enterprise Zone incentives are designed to assist space sector, space related downstream companies and broader supply chain innovators.

The Didcot Growth Accelerator comprises five sites totalling 95 hectares with planning consents, some unencumbered and ready for development. These sites can deliver 3.25 million sq. ft of new business space and accommodate over 8,500 jobs. Moreover the cost of office and industrial space in Didcot is 30% to 40% lower than elsewhere.

With excellent rail and road links, travel time is under an hour to London and Heathrow airport. It’s ideally located to meet supply chain requirements and downstream business needs for the Oxfordshire, UK and international knowledge economy.

Looking to invest, or just want to find out more? Visit the Didcot Growth Accelerator and Science Vale website here.

Sector focus

  • Advanced Manufacturing/engineering
  • Aerospace
  • Energy
  • ICT
  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare


A total of 95 hectares across 5 sites within the Oxfordshire Knowledge Spine. The Didcot Growth Accelerator sits within Science Vale UK and is just 20 minutes from Oxford. London and 2 major airports are less than an hour away.

Find out more

Email: Science Vale UK Business Development Manager: [email protected]

Didcot Growth Accelerator and Science Vale Website