£1 Million Extension at Marlowe Innovation Centre on Course
The extension at the Marlowe Innovation Centre in Ramsgate is on course, and is due to open in spring 2014. The new space will effectively double the centre’s capacity, and will now provide accommodation and support services for up to 48 tenant businesses.
The extension is being funded with a £350,000 grant from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund, with the balance of the £1 million capital build cost provided by The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, one of the centre’s original funders.
It is expected that the expansion could lead to the creation of up to 75 new jobs, and enable the Centre to continue its valuable work motivating and mentoring young people at the neighbouring Marlowe Academy, to help them fulfil and expand their career horizons.
It is believed that the Marlowe Innovation Centre is the only innovation centre in the country to be located with a school, rather than on a university site, which is more typical. All tenants agree to allocate time each month to working with the students of the Marlowe Academy, and over 150 Marlowe Academy students have benefited in this way since the Centre opened. Interventions are tailored to the needs of the students and the skills of the tenants. They include: work experience, CV preparation, interview practice, careers advice, mentoring and special projects. Students are exposed to enterprises specialising in branding, app creation, printing, physiotherapy, dentistry, finance and electronics. Once the extension is built, twice as many Marlowe Academy students will benefit from contact with Marlowe Innovation Centre tenants.