Kent is leading the way for food and drink businesses

Join the county’s growers

It’s not hard to see why 2,500 food and drink companies have chosen to relocate to The Garden of England.

Not only does Kent have some of the most productive agricultural land in the UK, it also has an impressive catalogue of state-of-the-art facilities benefiting from lower commercial and employment costs than many surrounding regions.

Food and drink companies locating in Kent will find all the support they need to establish themselves and expand their business substantially. We have several production clusters around the county, supplying everything from fresh fruit and veg to supermarkets to some of the finest wines in Europe to Michelin-starred hotels and restaurants.

Approximately 1 in 4.5 British apples come from AC Goatham & Sons in Medway, while Britain’s oldest brewer, Faversham-based Shepherd Neame, supplies award-winning ales around the world. We have a collective of almost 450 food and drink businesses in Ashford alone, including Premier Foods and Brakes, and incredible vineyards and spirit producers bringing fresh innovation and flavours to the industry.

The region also benefits from steady stream of graduates from our universities and industry leader Hadlow College, which trains the food and agricultural professionals of the future, so an abundant and skilled workforce is ready to be tapped.

Food and drink business in Kent have the added support of both Produced in Kent and Rural PLC Kent, and the new Growing Kent & Medway research and innovation collaboration will support productivity and sustainability across the sector.

Kent is serious food for thought…

“Kent’s an amazing place to start a business, particularly in the food and drink space. It’s a big market in its own right, so it’s a great place to seed your business.”

Stephen Russell, Co-Founder, Copper Rivet Distillery

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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 farming land and manufacturing units in Kent

    Known as the Garden of England, Kent has built upon its reputation thanks to an innovative approach to food manufacturing as well as high-quality natural assets. Not only does Kent have some of the most productive agricultural land in Britain, it also offers state-of-the-art facilities for businesses looking to relocate.

    Your Pick of the Crop – Finding the right talent in Kent

    With a resident population of 1.8m, Kent is the largest of all English counties. Locating here will allow you to access a diverse talent pool, including specialised staff trained locally. Hadlow College in Kent is a land-based college offering a range of courses in agriculture, horticulture or animal studies. Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and a LSIS Beacon provider, the college trains the food and agricultural professionals of the future and allows you to hire highly-qualified graduates who understand the county’s strengths and will help you grow your business. Four other universities are located in Kent, including the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, which all train highly-skilled graduates in a range of technical, digital and managerial roles.

    Key Partners – Produced in Kent & Rural PLC Kent

    Produced in Kent

    Trade organisation Produced in Kent will help you to promote your products and services across the county and beyond. When you register, you will be able to use the Produced in Kent trademark logo as a quality of mark for customers, and tap into a range of specialised services which complement Locate in Kent’s offering.

    Rural PLC

    Rural PLC (Kent) supports horticulture and agriculture businesses to protect the quality of the county’s natural assets. Giving a voice to farmers and growers, Rural PLC strives to create more investment opportunities for this key sector.

    Growing Kent & Medway

    Growing Kent & Medway is a world-class research, innovation and enterprise cluster. This collaboration of growers, processors, scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs work together to grow technology-driven horticulture, fresh produce packaging, food and drink processing and its supply chains.

    Read more about the support we offer to Kent’s food and drink sector in our free factsheet.

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    Karima Kamel, Business Development Manager
    E-mail: [email protected]
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