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Kent is home to more than 45,000 businesses, ranging from global giants such as BAE Systems, Kimberly-Clark, Pfizer and Saga, to much smaller companies Kent has a thriving community of legal, accountancy and business advisers
Ambition to grow
Kent commercial property costs are significantly lower than in London


Kent is home to more than 66,925 businesses, ranging from global giants such as BAE Systems, Kimberly-Clark, Pfizer and Saga, to much smaller companies, all of which have one thing in common – an ambition to grow.

Across the county, clusters of like-minded companies operate in a wide range of industries, making the most of a strong supply chain, whether in logistics and distribution, life sciences, renewable technologies, or food and drink and rural land-based businesses. There is also a strong community of design engineers and manufacturers serving international customers from their facilities throughout the county.

And with London on the doorstep, Kent has a thriving community of legal, accountancy and business advisers on hand to offer national expertise at highly competitive local rates.

With Kent’s commercial property costs significantly lower than in London, and elsewhere in the South East, the argument for setting up in the county is even stronger. 

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Bright future for Singleton Environment Centre

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.

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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.

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Locate in Kent would like to thank - Canterbury Christ Church University, Discovery Park, Frogmore, Kent County Council, Liberty Property Trust UK, London Array, Medway Council, Thanet Earth, University of Kent and Visit Kent - for the use of their images on this website.

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