Kent’s economic diversity, and close links to London and major European markets, means it can offer businesses in many sectors a competitive edge over their international competitors. Select your sector from the suggestions below or search here.
The county has welcomed investment in offshore and onshore wind, solar farms, biomass and waste-to-energy plants, and also nurtured a community of environmental technology companies now promoting their services around the world.
Recognised as a Centre of Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE), and home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm – London Array – as well as investments by Vattenfall, Kent has established a strong reputation with businesses involved in the offshore wind industry.
With major regeneration projects across Thames Gateway and East Kent, and the prospect of a Garden City at Ebbsfleet, the potential for sustainable construction, energy management and environmentally-friendly technologies, makes Kent an attractive place to establish a business in this field. This is further supported by the Low Carbon Kent business network.
Renewable energy technologies are being developed by businesses and the county’s universities, as well as at Discovery Park and Kent Science Park. The University of Kent and University of Greenwich each have expertise in the cleantech arena, as well as an ability to work with companies and support them through the development process.
Kent’s strong community of legal experts and intellectual property advisers can support cleantech companies as they navigate the complex routes of patents.
The UK Government also offers strong support for the cleantech industry, thanks to R&D tax credits, Patent Box and other financial incentives, including one of the lowest levels of Corporation Tax of any country in the European Union.
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES IN THIS SECTOR: 290
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 3,725
985 NUMBER OF GRADUATES PER YEAR
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At a time when the lack of affordable housing across the country is a hot topic, Ashford Borough Council has approved the provision of a further 190 homes through its Housing Revenue Account between 2018 and 2024.
Investments totalling around £100m are planned for the leisure sector in Ashford, complementing infrastructure investments that make it one of the most dynamic and aspirational locations in the South East.
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Ideally located between London and the continent, the county’s range of transport options, with train links across Britain and into Europe, six ports, a strong road network and easy access to a number of international airports, is perfect for business.
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