Why Croydon?

Croydon is a burgeoning hub for exciting new businesses thanks to affordable office space, excellent transport links to the rest of London and a proactive community growing alongside a number of initiatives that are driving ever more start-ups and scale-ups to relocate here.

This includes our ecosystem partners Croydon Tech City, a network of thousands of digital, tech and creative start-ups. This vibrant community of idea sharing has now made Croydon Tech City officially London’s fastest growing tech cluster.

Great travel links, an ambitious atmosphere and huge investment

This community has not grown in a vacuum - Croydon is also the site for massive regeneration, with Boxpark moving from Shoreditch in summer 2016, a £1.5bn Westfield/Hammerson retail scheme, new university campus and a five year £5.25bn investment programme.

This is all happening just 16 minutes from London Victoria, 14 minutes from London Bridge, 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport and 40 minutes from Brighton, home to two further Sussex Innovation hubs. Call us on 0203 828 1300 to find out more about the opportunities on offer in London's most dynamic borough.

Who are we looking for?

Sussex Innovation looks for three things in its members: Innovation, Ambition and Scalability.

Innovation is often thought to mean a new invention or technology, but that is only one aspect of the work our members do – they could have a new approach to a traditional sector, offer transparency in practices, efficiency in processes or collaborative and peer-to-peer technologies. The hallmark of true innovation is usually the disruption of the status quo in an existing industry.

Ambitious people with scalable businesses

Ambition is simply the drive to take your business further - more than just giving you a wage we are looking for the drive to grow and create jobs in the area.

Scalability is what will really generate this growth and jobs. It’s essential that your business model can remain profitable, and your team can keep delivering while your customer base doubles, triples or more. If this sounds like you, give us a call on 0203 828 1300 to discuss your aims.

How can we help you?

The Sussex Innovation team are here to help you develop your ideas. Our experts will work with you to review your business model and help you to make it scalable through all manner of practical and strategic support. We have willing and capable graduates on hand to help manage that growth, and a likeminded entrepreneurial community that will encourage you to keep thinking creatively and innovating.

You'll get access to our wide network of advisors, investors and potential customers from across the South East.

Whether you're starting out, growing your business, or developing a new product from within an established company, find out more about how we can help and the range of memberships on offer.

Our space

We’re based in the iconic One Croydon building, nearby to East Croydon station. Our newly-refurbished space is designed to encourage networking and collaborative work, and we hold regular events to share experience with the local entrepreneurial community. Our space features:

  • 24-hour access all year round
  • Superfast broadband
  • Shower facilities
  • Kitchen facilities and free tea and coffee machine
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • Unlimited access and first to know access to all our community and member events
  • Meeting and Boardrooms at subsidised rates
  • In-house media hub for generating high production value content

University Affiliation

The University of Sussex has its own innovation agenda - it is now essential that universities move with the times and engage with the world of business, efficiently translating the fruits of academic research into tangible products and services that will transform the way we live our lives.

The University already has strong ties to the area; they began validating degrees here at Croydon College in 1993 and share our vision of a vibrant and thriving South East region.

For our members, the University provides a credible and powerful name to support research, access to high-level insight, respected academics and a pool of talented graduates to act as a catalyst for growth. Find out more about our Catalyst programme here.

How to get here

Sussex Innovation Croydon
No.1 Croydon
12-16 Addiscombe Road
Greater London, CR0 0XT

One Croydon benefits from superb transport links – it’s situated directly opposite East Croydon railway station, a short train journey from Clapham Junction, London Victoria and London Bridge to the north, and Gatwick to the south. It is also well-served by regular bus and tram services.

How to join

If you’ve heard enough and would like to become part of our community or use any of our facilities, visit our enquiry form to tell us more about your business, or give us a call on 0203 828 1300.