When expanding, relocating or starting a new business there's a lot to think about: from the detail of your product or service to the bigger picture of premises, location and everything else to make your business a success.
Here we highlight some of the key facts you might like to consider when locating to the county.
Kent is just 18 minutes from London by High Speed One train.
High Speed One takes rail passengers from Ebbsfleet International to London St Pancras in just 18 minutes. With the fast route stretching across the county to include Ashford International (only 38mins from London) and connecting with the Channel Tunnel, commuters can travel to and from London in speed and comfort.
Most European markets are within one day’s drive or rail travel.
The Channel Tunnel provides a fast and effective link from Kent to Continental Europe. Combine the frequency of Eurostar’s trains, Eurotunnel’s shuttle services and ferry crossings plying the English Channel from Dover, and it’s easy to visit a range of European destinations at short notice.
Continental Europe is just 35 minutes away.
Eurotunnel’s car and freight shuttles regularly travel between Folkestone and Calais. While Eurostar rail services run to many European cities – including Lille, Brussels and Paris – from the international stations at Ebbsfleet and Ashford. This means France and Belgium are less than two hours away.
At 1.8 million residents, Kent is the UK’s most populous county.
The county’s large population gives it a workforce of 865,000, including more than 100,000 people who commute daily to work in London.
Kent’s got a diverse and skilled workforce.
An estimated 96,000 Kent people are employed in business services; a further 23,700 in finance and insurance; Life science businesses employ 6,200 people; ICT companies almost 11,000. The county’s creative industries employ 13,700; agri-tech a further 17,500; cleantech and renewables 3,700; and manufacturing 36,900; with the logistics and distribution sector employing 17,660 people locally.
Kent’s four universities provide employers with a strong graduate skill base.
Businesses have easy access to a range of talent thanks to a steady stream of 14,000 Kent-based graduates a year. And with many institutions keen to work with employers to tailor their courses for the benefit of individual companies there is always the potential to grow your workforce thanks to a talented skills base.
With miles of coast and countryside Kent is synonymous with the title: Garden of England.
The county has nearly 1,500 square miles of glorious countryside and 350 miles of coastline to explore, and home to more historic homes and castles than any other county.
Kent is an ideal location to capitalise on the work-life balance.
Proximity to London and Europe may be good for business, but it’s also good for people as Kent residents enjoy easy travel times for leisure activities and excellent value for money visiting nearby attractions.
As a gateway to national and international markets, Kent is the closest UK location to continental Europe.
Positioned between the markets of London and Europe means businesses can enjoy access to more than 600 million European consumers while also being close to the English capital. This makes Kent an ideal location for overseas investors to set up or expand their business.
Although on London’s doorstep, Kent is a cost-competitive location.
Property costs are up to 60 per cent lower in Kent compared to London, combined with competitive salary costs this can result in operational savings of up to 55 per cent. And this saving does not mean a lack of quality and choice – a wide range of commercial and residential property is available in the county, which has more developable land than any other area in the south east of England.
A wide range of funding is available to support your expansion or relocation decision.
From start-up loans to funding for major expansion plans, as well as a range of sector and location-based options, Kent has a wide range of funding available for growing businesses to make the most of.
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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.
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.
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