Sussex Innovation Croydon

Why is there a Sussex Innovation Centre in Croydon?

Croydon is a burgeoning hub for exciting new businesses thanks to affordable office space, excellent transport links to the rest of London and the South East, and a proactive community that is driving ever more start-ups and scale-ups to relocate here. Croydon - the 'Silicon Valley of South London' - is now 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 our members?

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.

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.

Our office space and facilities

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

  • 24-hour access all year round
  • Superfast broadband, phone lines, printing and scanning facilities
  • Shower and kitchen facilities, complementary tea and coffee
  • Meeting and Boardrooms at subsidised rates

The University of Sussex in Croydon

The University has helped to drive our move into Croydon as it already has strong ties to the area; it began validating degrees at Croydon College in 1993 and is committed to supporting the borough's economic regeneration.

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.

How to get here

Sussex Innovation Croydon
No.1 Croydon
12-16 Addiscombe Road
Greater London

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.