If you are interested in relocating to Kent, this is where to start your journey

If you are ready to grow your business in Kent, or need help kick-starting trade after Covid-19, we are the best people to talk to.

As one of London’s most sought-after business locations, there is untold potential in expanding your business in Kent and we want to make sure you have all the information and support you need when planning for the future. We have helped more than 1,250 businesses 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.

Locate in Kent provides free strategic business advice about opportunities and support programmes that can help you grow and futureproof your activity in the region.

We have launched a brand new business recovery support service, Future Forward, to help small businesses to regain the success they were building before the Covid-19 lockdown, and have a wealth of in-house expertise to ensure existing Kent companies are able to grow sustainably and positively.

Now more than ever, it makes sense to be part of Kent’s growth journey.

“Our soft landing package means that relocating to Kent and Medway is easier than ever before. Businesses looking to set up here from other parts of the UK or overseas will have all the help and support they need to succeed.”

Gavin Cleary, CEO, Locate in Kent

Kent: Connecting Business Worldwide

Together we make business happen

  • Do you want to know where London firms are moving to and where to find the best workforce for your company?
  • Do you need bigger premises or want to relocate in the region?
  • Do you need help accessing grants and business funding?
  • Are you a manufacturing firm looking for expert help in expanding your facilities or building more local supply chains?
  • Do you need recovery support and help kick-starting your business after COVID-19?
  • Are you looking for sector-specific graduates, skills programmes and apprenticeships?

We have unrivalled access to the facts, figures and research you need to build a case for growing in Kent. We offer extensive business advice on the local economy, property and employment costs, and provide case studies from a range of different sectors.

We advise international clients and commercial partners on the benefits of doing business in Kent through our Investor Development Programme. A dedicated Investment Account Manager puts together a virtual team to wrap around your job creation project that includes all the expertise international firms need to grow in situ. We support securing local political backing, managing local planning, introductions to central Government departments and building a compelling business case for your corporate decision making process.

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We can offer any UK or international business looking to expand in Kent a free, comprehensive and competitive concierge package to help you hit the ground running.

Our package worth $50k includes:

  • One free desk space in a state-of-the-art and safe co-working facility for one year at Maidstone Studios or Kent Science Park
  • Access to a Business Boost grant upon business registration in the region
  • 1-2-1 business and sales support
  • Supply chain introductions and external support programmes
  • Specific start-up and scale-up support programmes for Film and TV businesses
  • Expert mentorship and accelerator programme for Food Tech companies
  • Business rate relief and access to mentors for medical and life science organisations
  • Free professional accounting and legal advice from top firms
  • Free business registration and immigration support
  • Help to find the right commercial space
  • Information and statistics on the local economy, including demographics, infrastructure and labour market data
  • Familiarisation visits to the region
  • COVID-19 guidance and support

Your personal support network through your entire project, giving you vital early talent support as you build or transfer your team, including:

  • Wage comparisons
  • Recruitment assistance
  • Local workforce information
  • Support for key employees and their families moving to the area

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Sector Specific Offers

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We know what Kent does well better than anyone, so start your growth journey with us.

Complete the form below and one of our business advisors will be in touch to discuss the package in more detail. We look to hearing from you.

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    Simon Ryan, Investment Director
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