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

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The creative industries are the fastest growing sector in the UK, with one in eight companies working within this industry. Kent and Medway is the perfect location for creative, digital and tech businesses, with large household names and small creative companies creating a strong ecosystem of expertise and unlocking significant growth across the county.

Amongst the 7,000 creative companies located in Kent and Medway, 1,500 located here over the past five years after recognising the true potential of the region for the creative industries. With towns such as Folkestone, Maidstone, Chatham or Tunbridge Wells building centres of excellence, a large and diverse talent pool available at lower costs than London and incredible connectivity to the capital, it’s easy to see why they chose Kent to locate their business.

“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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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.

With cheaper commercial rates and rents and purchase prices up to 60% lower than in London, Kent has attracted over 1,560 new creative businesses in the last five years, with Tunbridge Wells now counting 980 creative enterprises, the highest number and proportion of Kent businesses in this industry.

Folkestone Creative Quarter

The Creative Quarter in Folkestone is an ever-growing community and has become a go-to destinations for new and well-established creative businesses. The Creative Quarter offers a collection of retail, office and artist studio space for small, medium and large companies.

This creative hotspot is home to major players in the sector, allowing you to meet and collaborate with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Sleeping Giant Media.

Maidstone TV Studios

The Maidstone TV Studios are one of the UK’s largest independent high definition TV broadcasting facilities, providing Film, TV, Video, Radio and Photography businesses with the very best, versatile recording studio space available.

On top of the exceptional recording studio space, the Maidstone TV Studios also offer outstanding office and design space.

Chatham Historic Dockyard – The Joiners Shop

Located in the heart of the Chatham Historic Dockyard, the Joiners Shop is one of Kent’s most unique and exciting centres for creative businesses.

This 200-year-old structure provides businesses with 1,750sqm of high-specification creative space, including studios, workshops, office units, meeting rooms and communal facilities, in a stunning environment. This location is ideal for SMEs who are looking to work alongside some of Medway’s top creative and digital businesses.

The Fruitworks in Canterbury

A short walk away from the historic city centre, The Fruitworks offers up to 80 desks in open plan rooms and flexible packages to suit your business needs. Complete with chill-out areas to meet the other businesses on site, locating in the Fruitworks allows freelancers and start-up businesses to work in a collaborative and friendly environment.

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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 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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