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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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.
OUR PART OF THE SOUTH EAST
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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