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.
Sitting between London, Paris and Brussels, and connected by high speed rail travel, Kent is at the heart of one of the most important marketplaces in the world for financial businesses.
With a world financial capital on its doorstep – and fast rail and road links – it is easy to understand why Kent remains a popular destination for businesses in the finance and insurance sector, especially those with a need for skilled administrative and back-office staff.
Ebbsfleet International Station is only 18 minutes from London by High Speed One, yet office rents in Kent are more than 60% lower.
Today, Kent has a community of household names and market leaders including Lloyds of London, HSBC, AXA PPP Healthcare, Saga, Fidelity International, Towergate Insurance, Charities Aid Foundation and Capita, operating here.
With more than 126,900 skilled people commuting daily from Kent, many of whom work in the City of London, there’s a ready made pool of talent to tap into here. The county’s universities are also training thousands of graduates every year, with many qualifying in business and finance, another factor influencing financial services firms to invest in Kent.
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES IN THIS SECTOR: 1,265
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 23,700
1,615 NUMBER OF GRADUATES PER YEAR
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It’s good to know the future is in good hands, with Discovery Park providing the right environment for science and business to build the skills East Kent and the wider UK is going to need as it prepares to take on the world – post Brexit.
Work has begun to prepare Ashford International’s high-speed platforms for new international trains, including e320 Eurostar trains, which will safeguard direct high-speed international services from Ashford.
An award-winning environment centre in Ashford, which set new standards in green design and construction when it opened 10 years ago, has a bright future thanks to an agreement between Ashford Borough Council and Great Chart with Singleton Parish Council which will safeguard the Kent centre’s future and ensure it continues to thrive.
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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.
Sea Ports Airports International Rail Stations Channel Tunnel
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