How SMEs based at the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre can reap benefits

With an impressive roll call of world renowned clients, Encoded Media, manufacturers of video, IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and network recording (PVR) solutions for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs), are reaping the benefits of being part of the business community at the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre (ETIC) in Ongar.

Encoded Media’s decision to locate at the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre

Encoded MediaMany thriving businesses are choosing to locate themselves in Essex in general, a base in the county proving no obstacle to attracting big-name clients including, in the case of Encoded Media, Bank of England, Honda, British Airways and the NHS.   

Established in 2003, Encoded Media provide solutions for businesses in sectors including enterprise, education, government, healthcare and more.

The company made the move to ETIC in 2006, taking advantage of the competitive pricing in setting up base at the Centre as well as the convenient location of nearby motorways, airports, ports and easy access to London. The Centre is a ten-minute drive from the M11, 15 minutes from the A12, 20 minutes from the M25 and 25 miles south of London Stansted Airport.

Proof of the value in working out of ETIC can be seen from Encoded Media’s turnover quadrupling in their time at the Centre and their expansion into larger units to better accommodate them – a perfect example of how ETIC can work for an SME. The company is delighted with the support his business has received at ETIC.

 “We’d not hesitate in recommending the location to any other business, with its relaxed yet professional atmosphere. We’ve been more than pleased with the helpfulness and efficiency of the centre staff and with the way the centre is operated by them.”


Philip Wand, Director, Encoded Media

Providing solutions for the NHS

Encoded MediaIn terms of the NHS, Encoded Media provides continuous professional development for clinicians at the Rotherham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Medical Education Centre through their Video Publisher system, which allows the user to connect to any standard video camera or webcam.

Encoded Media installed the system in the Medical Simulation Centre, provided training for users, meaning more students can watch and benefit from each medical simulation session. Recordings can be easily saved to a library, giving trainers and clinicians immediate access to examples of best practice.

For more information on Encoded Media see here.

About the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre

For Encoded Media, their continuing relationship with ETIC - now extending into a 12th year – encapsulates the manner in which a business can grow as part of a business hub. Although Encoded Media is one of more than 20 businesses currently residing at ETIC, there are further spaces available to join a flourishing community.

“[ETIC’s] advice and flexibility in providing office space over the years has allowed us to focus on our business, and leave behind our worries about property, parking, heating, cleanliness and so on.”


Philip Wand, Director, Encoded Media

The Essex Technology and Innovation CentreETIC is overseen by INVEST Essex, part of the ‘Let's Do Business Group’ delivering services for Essex County Council across the Greater Essex area. Location Services Director, David Rooke, believes the progress Encoded Media has made during its time at ETIC should serve as inspiration to other start-ups/SMEs considering their options on where to set up a base. 

“The Essex Technology & Innovation Centre provides flexible affordable space with the option to expand or reduce/downsize without changing location. We have many resources available and experts on hand to offer services such as mentoring and finance packages with the other added value of working alongside SMEs in similar situations to create a working environment where the space will create a positive energy.”


David Rooke, Location Services Director, INVEST Essex

Monthly charges cover rent, lighting, heating, kitchen facilities and the workspaces also come with free on-site parking and have easy in and out licences, meaning there is no long-term commitment required.

For more information or to enquire about availability at ETIC, please contact Centre Manager Pam Winter.

You can find out more about the work done by INVEST Essex here.

Pam Winter
Pam Winter

Enterprise Centre manager

01277 368200


Helping businesses grow in Essex by successfully managing business incubation centre. This success has been achieved through networking with other business support organisations and spending quality time with early stage businesses, listening to their needs and offering the relevant support and guidance to enable them to achieve their aspirations.