We can help you unlock your full potential in Kent…
Kent is one of the most sought-after business locations in the UK. With ample commercial space, enviable international connections, compelling business costs and outstanding business support services, our county is the business location of choice for more and more businesses every year.
“Our success is not only down to our own efforts serving our customers, but also due to the network of organisations here in Kent that support businesses, such as Locate in Kent and Kent County Council.”
Giedre Brandao, Managing Director, AbBaltis
Accessing business support from Locate in Kent
Locate in Kent is the official inward investment agency for the county of Kent, and provides free, confidential and impartial business support and strategic solutions to help UK and international businesses of all sizes grow intelligently and efficiently in our county.
We have helped over 1,250 business invest in Kent and seen more than 80,000 jobs created and retained since 1997, thanks to our unrivalled knowledge of the region’s business landscape.
We have seen multi-national companies and independent start-ups reach new levels of success here, including Pfizer, Coty, The Gallagher Group, P&O, Kimberly-Clark, Shepherd Neame, Hitachi, Saga, BAE Systems, Abbot Laboratories, Mylan, Mazda, Amazon, and Jubilee Clips. And we are the first to know about new developments and commercial opportunities when they arise.
Discover how Locate in Kent can support your business
Take a look at some of our services below, and speak to member of our team today about your specific business needs.
Rest assured that financial support is available to help your business get to where it needs to be. We know what funding streams are available, year-round, and can find the best match for you from a wide range of national and local finance and funding programmes.
We can even help with the application process. Use our funding service calculator.
Our property team’s connections with leading property developers, landowners and public sector partners mean we are the first to know about the latest commercial developments and can quickly advise on new opportunities and locations suited to your business needs. Whether you need a creative studio, bigger manufacturing premises or state-of-the-art labs, our team will find the perfect commercial property for you.
We don’t do ‘one-size fits all’ assistance. Our team will build a bespoke support package addressing your specific challenges and opportunities, so you can start working bigger and better, faster. We have flexible facilities, skills training and collaborative networks already set up to support the creative & digital sector, life sciences, food and drink and manufacturing industries, and several other emerging industries.
Learn more about Kent’s key sectors.
We can help you build the workforce you want for your business and strengthen their skills for the future. Our business advisors work closely with recruitment specialists, higher education providers and skills specialists across the county to provide the best recruitment, skills and training solutions for your company.
We are committed to helping Kent and Medway SMEs build a strong future and will be here to help them overcome challenges as they arise. In light of Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown, we have set up a free business growth programme, Future Forward, to help local businesses to regain the success they were building – or planning for.
Our expert in-house team has a wealth of experience across all of our key sectors and services and has access to a network of more than 50 industry partners ready to help and advise on legal matters, planning, accountancy, funding, property and marketing & PR activity. We know the best people to speak to and can act as a critical friend when you assess your external service requirements.
The Locate in Kent team is here to provide you with more information, answer any questions and support you and your business.