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.
Digital connectivity is key for many modern businesses, and Kent has emerged as a centre of expertise in the data management sector thanks to investment by a number of firms in high-level data centres serving companies in London and across the South East.
With property prices rocketing in London’s Tech City and the rest of the Capital, digital industries are choosing Kent as it offers connectivity to London, cost-effective premises, access to young skilled graduates and a work-life balance to help foster creativity.
Digital industries, such as gaming and apps developers, ecommerce and software specialists are increasingly relocating to Kent. And with the University of Kent offering courses ranging from Digital Arts to Computer Systems Engineering, companies are able to benefit from a young and enthusiastic skills base.
Sites like Kent Science Park, Discovery Park and Maidstone Studios now offer excellent Internet speeds, with one example being 100MB at the former, and companies such as Custodian, ICOM and SOTA offer top level IT support services.
The UK Government also offers strong support for the IT and digital industries, 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.
CUSTODIAN DATA CENTRE
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES IN THIS SECTOR: 3,550
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 10,990
1,115 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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