Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones (EZs) are a fantastic opportunity for businesses. They provide significant advantages to help you grow and gain a competitive edge. There are 48 EZs in total across England, driving job creation and business growth in key UK sectors such as life sciences, automotive, and advanced manufacturing.

Leicester and Leicestershire is fortunate to boast two EZs, MIRA Technology Park and the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone, covering nearly 290 hectares of development land across four individual locations. Both EZs focus on our local strengths in research, development, and innovation and offer financial incentives and simplified planning – but each site also has a distinct offer to businesses.

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Enterprise Zones

Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone

Charnwood Campus offers world-class flexible laboratories, specialist manufacturing facilities and small and large office space for the bio-medical and pharmaceutical sectors. The site is also the first UK Life Science Opportunity Zone.

Leicester Waterside is a central city location with excellent office accommodation and bespoke development opportunities. Pioneer Park provides a space technology hub around the National Space Centre.

Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park is one of the UK’s largest science parks with a dynamic innovation community, a world-class research base and graduate supply.

MIRA Technology Park

MIRA Technology Park is a world leading automotive research and development park, home to international businesses at the cutting edge of new transport technologies.

For an overview of our Enterprise Zones download our brochure.

There are many benefits of being located in a Leicestershire Enterprise Zone, not least our central UK location, business rates discount offers and the strong investor support available for your business. Find out more about our offer here.

Investor benefits

Businesses that locate on an Enterprise Zone can access a number of benefits including up to 100% business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per business over a 5-year period, simplified planning and access to superfast broadband.

To be eligible for the business rates discounts companies have to locate on the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone before March 2022. Full details of the eligibility criteria and the process to apply can be found through the appropriate Local Authority:

Charnwood Borough Council for Charnwood Campus and LUSEP

Leicester City Council for Leicester Waterside

The qualifying period for business rates relief for the MIRA Technology Park Enterprise Zone ended in March 2018 and therefore new businesses locating onto the site will not be eligible for this discount.

Investor Support

Our local inward investment team can provide tailored advice and support for your business needs. They provide a free impartial service through the provision of specialist advice, including a dedicated and integrated relocation team who will work closely with you every step of the way.

For more information on the local support available for your business please visit:

Invest Leicester

LLEP Business Gateway