Kent key facts

  • Kent is the UK's most populous county – 1.74 million people (Source: NOMIS 2014)

  • It has a workforce of over 833,000 and unemployment of 7.2% (March 2014), matching the national rate of 7.2%.

  • Kent's GVA per head is £17,909 (Source: KCC Economic Profiles 2014).

  • Although Kent is on London's doorstep, property costs are considerably lower – over 80% – than the capital and labour costs are up to 18% lower then the capital.

  • Kent is home to many world class companies such as Pfizer, Saga, Kimberly-Clark, BAE Systems, Hitachi and Hornby.

  • Kent has over 1,000 miles² of glorious countryside and 200 miles of unspoilt coastline to explore, and more historic homes and castles than any other county.

  • Kent has over 60 golf courses, and Bluewater shopping mall – one of Europe's largest.

  • Fast motorway access to London (60 mins) London Heathrow (73 mins), London Gatwick (47 mins), London Stansted (71 mins) from the centre of Kent.

  • Home to two airports - Lydd in Romney Marsh and Manston in Thanet.

  • Mainland Europe is 35 minutes away via Eurotunnel's car and freight shuttles.

  • Eurostar services run from Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International to many European cities. Travel times from Ebbsfleet are Lille – 70 minutes, Brussels – 110 minutes and Paris – 125 minutes.

  • Kent has a substantial rail network including high speed rail services between Kent and London and onwards to the Midlands and North. London St Pancras International is only 17 minutes from Kent's Ebbsfleet International Station and 37 minutes from Ashford International Station.

  • The county has seven freight and passenger ports.

  • Kent's four universities (Kent, Greenwich, Canterbury Christ Church University and University for the Creative Arts) are home to over 45,500 students and over 14,500 graduates a year

  • Positioned between the markets of London and Europe, Kent is the closest UK location to continental Europe, offering access to over 520 million consumers (Eurostat 2013).

  • A wide range of cost effective commercial and residential property is available in Kent which has more developable land than any other area in the south east of England.

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Locate in Kent Ltd,
35 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill,
West Malling, Kent, ME19 4DG,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1732 520700

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Chief Executive
Paul Wookey
01732 520705

Director of Marketing and Research
Mandy Bearne
01732 520733

Director of Business Development
Peter Symons
01732 520711

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