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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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.
Sea Ports Airports International Rail Stations Channel Tunnel
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