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.
London was built with bricks once made in north Kent, an industry that was later followed by cement and steel production.
Those industries have largely gone but Kent remains a hive of manufacturing activity, including high-end engineering for automotive and aeronautical global leaders, such BAE Systems, Aeromet, Delphi, Hitachi and Harada.
Pharmaceutical manufacturing is strong across Kent, and especially in the east of the county, with the likes of Pfizer, Novartis, Aesica and Mylan all having operations here.
Papermaking and packaging manufacture continue, and sit well alongside food and drink production, such as Brakes and Premier Foods.
Manufacturers benefit from the large workforce and a longstanding tradition of engineering skills. Sites are available with strong motorway links and access to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel for exporting to Europe.
Links between industry and education are strong and longstanding. An industry-funded Chair of Manufacturing at the University of Greenwich has secured funding for the development of a prototyping centre and training is available for businesses looking to improve their manufacturing and manufacturing processes. Pfizer also funds a Chair at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Greenwich in Medway, which also has strong track record in engineering studies.
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THE WOODEN SPOON PRESERVING COMPANY
NIM'S FRUIT CRISPS
L ROBINSON LTD
NUMBER OF BUSINESSES IN THIS SECTOR: 2,635
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 28,055
625 NUMBER OF GRADUATES PER YEAR
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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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