Base your business in one of the UK’s ‘creative hotspots’

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Join the Creative Revolution

One in eight companies are now working within the creative industries – and Kent is emerging as one of the leading creative hubs in the country.

Kent is the perfect location for creative, digital and tech businesses.

Amongst the 7,000 creative companies located in Kent, more than 1,500 have located here over the past five years partly thanks to a surge in creative talent leaving London for Kent’s exciting coastal communities.

Digital start-ups, film & TV studios, artistic producers, games manufacturers, and entertainment companies have created an ecosystem of expertise and growth across the county, from household names to SMEs.

Strategic locations

The county boasts a number of strategic locations that are primed for creative and digital businesses to expand, including the Folkestone Creative Quarter, Maidstone TV Studios, Newtown Works Ashford and the Chatham Historic Dockyard. On top of these creative hotspots, towns such as Margate, Folkestone, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells have also been taking full advantage of the county’s booming creative sector, building collaborative communities and consistently outrank the capital when it comes to quality of life.

New initiatives such as the Creative Estuary – part of the Thames Estuary Production Corridor – and the planned London Resort theme park (built in partnership with ITV, BBC and Paramount Pictures) will only build interest in Kent’s creative potential.

A creative talent pool

More than 10,600 people are employed in the creative industries across the county, with an abundance of home-grown staff trained at our four universities – including the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) – and a London workforce within an easily commutable distance. Creative businesses in Kent come together regularly to collaborate or simply enjoy the incredible quality of life the county has to offer.

With a large and diverse talent pool available, high quality yet low cost commercial and studio spaces, incredible connectivity to the capital, and inspiring surroundings, now is the perfect time to join Kent’s creative revolution.

“Some people are currently making their living by going up to London and back daily. What that means, if you move here with your business, is that there are some really talented people who I’m sure would like to live and work in the county.”

Alastair Upton, Creative Folkstone

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The Locate in Kent team is here to provide you with more information, answer any questions and support you and your business.


    Key locations – Find creative studio space in Kent & Medway

    Kent and Medway boast a number of strategic locations for creative and digital businesses, including the Folkestone Creative Quarter, the Maidstone TV Studios or the Chatham Historic Dockyard. On top of these creative hotspots, towns such as Margate, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells have also been taking full advantage of the county’s booming creative sector.

    Find the right talent

    A highly-skilled, creative talent pool is easily accessible in Kent, with over 9,000 people already working in the creative industries, an abundance of home-grown staff trained at some of the top Universities including the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and a London workforce within an easily commutable distance.

    The UCA is ranked as the number one specialist university for the creative industries in the UK, delivering a growing pool of creative talent to local businesses. With campuses in Canterbury and Rochester, the University for the Creative Arts offers over 120 courses which provide students with the skills Kent businesses need to support their growth. Beside the UCA in Canterbury and Rochester, Kent is home to three more universities, including the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Greenwich. Each offers courses specialising in film, multimedia, digital technologies and performing arts, allowing you to find the best employees right on your doorstep. Need more information on finding the right talent for your creative business? We’re here to offer advice. Download our Guide below or get in touch.

    Immerse yourself in creative influence and culture

    Creative businesses in Kent come together to collaborate or simply enjoy the incredible quality of life the county has to offer. Whether it’s at one of the county’s famous Digital Meetups (in Canterbury, Ashford, Folkestone or Maidstone), summer events on the Harbour Arm in Folkestone or B2B expos, meeting like-minded businesses is easier than ever here, and you’ll be able to create long-lasting connections that will support your business growth over the years.

    Thanks to the county’s great connectivity, you will also be able to reach your clients in London or attend national creative events in the capital from just 17 minutes thanks to HS1, the high-speed rail service from Kent to London St Pancras. This proximity has played a key part in Kent’s creative and digital success, with businesses able to travel to central London faster than if they had to cross the capital. Kent is an attractive location for creative and digital businesses. Our team is here to help you locate here, whether you are a new or existing business. Download our Guide or contact a member of the team to find out more about Kent as a business location.

    Read more about the support we offer Kent’s creative and digital sector in our free fact sheet.

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