Connected yet cost effective
Kent is not only one of the best business locations in the UK in terms of cost and space, it is also one of the best connected.
Kent provides fast access to London, Europe and beyond thanks to superior road, rail, air and sea routes, and is at the heart of several major developments that will strengthen the county’s connectivity and open up huge opportunities for business here.
The UK’s Only High Speed Rail Network
The arrival of the High Speed 1 rail link has been major point of difference for Kent. Getting to the UK’s capital city is quick and easy with multiple stations located throughout the county. Businesses can be in the heart of London at St Pancras International in as little as 17 minutes – a faster commute than many people living in the city itself enjoy.
Discussions are also underway to extend the London’s Underground’s Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) out to Ebbsfleet, which will increase commuter options even further. A new £63m railway station is also planned for the Hoo peninsula, with further plans underway to add a new train station near Manston Airport in Thanet.
Multiple Road Networks
Kent is serviced by three major motorways, M2, M25 and M20, and has more motorways by distance than any other county in the UK. Our roads provide easy access to London and surrounding counties, and to London’s international airports.
Government consultations are also underway on the installation of a new Lower Thames Crossing to further improve traffic flow between Essex/London and Kent.
Easy Access To Europe
The UK freight industry is one of the most liberated, deregulated and safest in the world. With five ports on the Kent coast including Europe’s busiest ferry port at Dover, Kent has access to European supply chains that makes importing and exporting easier from the county.
The Port of Dover is an enormous employer and contributor to the Kent economy, and it is supported by numerous road, sea and rail routes through and to the county, so you can rest assured of having multiple options when it comes to transport, distribution and logistics.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle at Folkestone also sees 21.3 million tonnes of freight and 10.6 million passengers pass through it each year. Plans have also been approved to reopen an air freight hub at Manston Airport in Thanet.
Whatever your growth plans are, there is no better place to base yourself than Kent.