This is our definitive list of reasons why there is no better time to setup or expand your business in Kent.
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With 14 innovation centres across the county, ambitious and innovative businesses are in great company in Kent.
Being home to Europe's busiest ferry port at Dover, access to European supply chains is easy. The Eurotunnel in Kent also sees 21.3 million tonnes of freight and 10.6 million passengers pass through it each year.
The UK has the lowest headline business tax rate in the G20 (20 major economies.) The current UK corporation tax rate is 19%, reducing to 17% by 2020.
Kent has more motorways by distance than any other county in the UK, with sections of the M2, M20, M25 and M26 totalling 173 km (107 miles) within the Kent boundary.
"Locate in Kent helps businesses to find premises within the Kent region and also links organisations together with business opportunities, both in terms of suppliers and customers."
Kent is home to a highly skilled workforce with 320,000 people in managerial or professional roles, meaning you can find the very best candidates for your business.
Thanet's economy is booming, with an 18% increase in enterprises in the past two years and employment rising at five times the UK average.
One of the biggest clusters of technology focused businesses in the south east is at Kent Science Park.
Getting to the UK's capital is quick and easy on High Speed 1, travel in just 11 minutes to Stratford International and 17 minutes to London St Pancras from Ebbsfleet.
Medway is the largest urban area in the South East outside London with a population of 276,000 and 13,000 businesses.
"Kent is a great location for a modern, professional practice such as Cripps. As well as having its own diverse and vibrant economy, the county is well-connected for doing business with clients from both London and mainland Europe. The working environment is good, with modern, well-located business parks and Kent also offers an excellent quality of life."
Kent has an accessible workforce of over 40,000 skilled manufacturing workers.
Locate in Kent has helped create over 10,000 jobs in the creative sector and assisted over 177 companies in the industry to relocate or expand into Kent.
92% of homes and businesses across Kent have access to superfast broadband.
Kent offers extremely good value for money in terms of access to skilled staff. The median salary in Kent is £28.5k, compared to £32.5k in Greater London.
Dover offers highly affordable coastal living against an iconic backdrop of the cliffs, castle and harbour.
Kent Medical Campus, part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone offers the perfect opportunity for growth with over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of development space available.
Kent has direct access to The River Thames, the busiest inland waterway in the UK.
In Ashford developments worth £519m are already underway or planned to start within the next 5 years.
With two international train stations, passengers can travel to Europe's top cities, including Paris, Brussels and Lille in less than two hours.
23% of England's grammar schools are located in Kent. Together, the two Kent authorities have 38 of the 164 state grammar schools, there are also 54 independent schools to choose from.
Thanet has over 2,000 listed buildings and 22 conservation areas. It has some of the finest heritage and cultural assets in the county, including the RIBA award-winning Turner Contemporary in Margate, Bleak House in Broadstairs and Britain's Royal Harbour in Ramsgate.
"We relocated from London to Kent, by taking advantage of the significantly lower commercial property costs we were able to buy rather than rent. The fantastic connectivity means we can easily access clients and staff, from London, Kent and Essex."
Three major supermarkets have their distribution centres in Swale, including 920,000 sq. ft. for Morrsions, the largest pre-let warehouse in the UK.
The NIAB EMR, a leading UK research centre focused on the horticultural sector, is based in Tonbridge and Malling.
Businesses can thrive at the two Enterprise Zones here - Discovery Park and North Kent. Not only can you benefit from business rate discounts of up to £55,000 per year, £275,000 over five years, the vast amount of available space presents a huge opportunity for growth.
Sevenoaks is a location that attracts professional, scientific and technical businesses - in March 2015 there were over 6,370 businesses of this nature in Sevenoaks.
Dover has unique business spaces - Discovery Park, a global science hub with Enterprise Zone status, and Betteshanger Sustainable Parks an emerging hub for land management, agri-tech, food security, and environmental technology.
"A belief in cultural heritage and community engagement has always been core to our business, but we simply hadn't got the budget or commercial space to realise this vision in London. Moving to Margate has enabled us to share skills and work more with the community. We now have a large property with a studio, gallery for artists in residence and a meeting room we hire out."
The number of Creative and Digital businesses setting up or expanding in Kent has grown rapidly between 2012-17, it is now home to over 8,700 companies in this sector. The districts seeing the biggest growth are Gravesham (150%), Dartford (121%), Tonbridge & Malling (107%) and Thanet (106%.)
There are a number of areas in Kent benefitting from huge investment including £500 million being invested in Tunbridge Wells town centre which will offer new office space, retail opportunities and leisure facilities.
"Kent has high quality manufacturing facilities and through Locate in Kent we received expert advice and insight into finding the right properties for us to expand into."
Ashford is the UK's international town - only 38 minutes from London, 2 hours from Paris, and with direct links to Lille, Brussels, Lyon and Marseille.
In addition to Ebbsfleet Garden City, Otterpool Park, a new garden town settlement will provide up to 12,000 new homes and will be built over the next 30 years on a site close to junction 11 on the M20.
As well as Locate in Kent, there is a huge network of organisations that support local businesses, including Kent and Medway Growth Hub, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, The Kent Foundation and West Kent Partnership.
With businesses continuing to thrive, Dartford has seen the greatest growth in employment in Kent over the last 20 years.
The secure data centre is located within purpose built, ex-Ministry of Defence facilities that are armoured, nuclear bombproof and military-specified fortresses.
"The funding we received from the Kent and Medway Regional Growth Fund has allowed us to create jobs and expand the business. Due to the funding we've been able to move to Discovery Park which has led to us attracting more investors and customers. Without the funding we would be a few years behind in terms of growth and have nowhere near our current customer base."
Some of the most exciting new medicines have been born in Kent as well as technologies to help rid the world of land mines and reduce the carbon footprint.
Kent's rail network is bigger than you may think, offering direct access from Kent to nine central London stations. It's quicker to travel from Ebbsfleet International station to central London than from London Gatwick to Victoria.
Over £70 million investment is planned for three new road projects in Canterbury as well as another £70 million in road infrastructure improvements in Tunbridge Wells, improving connectivity even more.
The Patent Box offers a 10% corporation tax on profits from inventions patented in the UK.
"Kent and the surrounding London orbital has a highly skilled international workforce which has helped us grow. We could not have grown without the amazing team we have from all over the world that live both locally as well as commute to us from parts of London."
There are hundreds of available commercial sites across Kent listed on Locate in Kent's free to use property database.
Locate in Kent's business support services are free, meaning organisations of all sizes can make the most of the opportunity to grow in Kent.
Kent is highly competitive when it comes to renting a home. The average monthly private rent is £826, compared to £984 in the wider south east region.
Tunbridge Wells is one of the UK's top creative hotspots with a thriving cluster of creative and cultural businesses.
Swale has seen one of the largest increases in commercial floorpsace in the south east, with c. 3 million square feet of development since 2008.
Thanet has experienced a 330% growth in technology organisations over the last four years and hosts the largest and most advanced agritech sector in the UK worth £135m.
"Kent offers us excellent access to potential customers in London and across the South East, and a great location from which to manage our network of offices. With government investment in infrastructure projects such as Crossrail beginning to flow, our business is getting stronger and we are actively recruiting."
Kent's University for the Creative Arts is ranked as the top specialist university for the creative industries by the Complete University Guide 2018.
With over 3,000 manufacturing companies in Kent, from food production to electronics there is a thriving community that keeps on growing.
Swanley and Dartford are within London Travel Zone 8 and part of the Transport for London Network, meaning even quicker and cheaper access to and from the capital.
The centre, costing £6.12m will add an additional 1,250 graduates with higher level engineering and technology skills into the labour market by 2024.
Canterbury boasts UNESCO world heritage status with Canterbury Cathedral, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church together reflecting milestones in the history of Christianity in Britain.
Folkestone's internationally recognised Triennial arts festival centres on the Creative Quarter, which now hosts some 180 units of studio, retail, training, performance and residential space.
Kent's popular county town Maidstone is growing, with 18,000 new homes expected by 2031.
Business travel is the third most popular reason for visiting Kent.
The School of Biosciences at the University of Kent is amongst the best-funded schools of its kind in the UK, with current support from the BBSRC, NERC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, EU, and industry.
"Discovery Park in Kent ticks all of the boxes. It's close to all forms of transport to continental Europe as well as direct flights to North America and Asia, there are state of the art facilities and valuable support from local government."
Dartford is situated on the M25 providing direct links to London and outstanding connections to international markets. It is also home to the Dartford Bridge linking Kent to Essex.
Kent has a land area of 1,368 square miles and just over 350 miles of coastline. With 33% designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, Kent is perfect for people who value short commuting and quality family time.
Seven sites across Canterbury are currently in development and boast over 100,000m2 of new business space.
The Business Terrace provides incubation space in Maidstone as well as a strong business support offer for new businesses.
Thanet, in East Kent has over 56 hectares of employment land available for development.
"When we created Shearwater Systems we considered a number of locations across England and Wales. Kent stood out because of the availability of high level IT skills, a range of graduate employment programmes and a genuine enthusiasm on the part of Kent County Council to attract high-tech businesses with the support of regional funding."
Kent is one of the warmest parts of Britain. On 10 August 2003, in the hamlet of Brogdale near Faversham the temperature reached 38.5 °C (101.3 °F), the hottest temperature ever officially recorded in the UK.
With a resident population of just over 1.8m, Kent and Medway has the largest population of all of the English counties.
Medway Council is a Unitary Authority and therefore offers a one stop shop for planning and regulation.
With more than 60 golf courses, motor racing circuits, cricket grounds, theatres and a number of top restaurants including The Sportsman in Seasalter, recently voted the best restaurant outside London, Kent offers a number of places to entertain your clients.
Alongside outstanding homegrown talent Kent has access to 370,000 student population in London - a huge workforce that could commute into Kent via High Speed 1.
Dartford's range of popular business stock hosts national headquarters and includes premier business parks such as Crossways.
Thanet offers an unrivalled lifestyle experience, boasting a laidback seaside vibe and breathtaking sandy beaches. It has 10 award-winning beaches. That's an award winning beach every 1.9 miles.
Ashford is home to Chapel Down, England's leading wine producer and many other successful brands such as BAE Systems, Hitachi, Coty, Kimberly Clark and Saga already call Kent home.