With easy access to major motorways, locating in Kent gives you fast links to international airports, whether Gatwick or Heathrow, UK ports including Folkestone and Dover, and HS1 train services taking you to London in under 20 minutes. The perfect location for all manufacturing businesses looking to distribute their products across the UK and Europe.
With state-of-the-art industrial and science parks, you will be able to find the right industrial property for your needs. We are here to help you understand the strengths of each site, get in touch with our manufacturing experts today to find out more.
Ashford is home to some of the county’s top industrial parks, included the upcoming Stour Park, in Sevington. Located in the south-east of Ashford, this brand-new industrial park will include 1.6m sq. ft of warehouse, office and industrial space. This development is ideally located next to Junction 10a on the M20, allowing you quick access to one of the main UK motorways. Waterbrook Park and Orbital Park are two other key industrial destinations in Ashford, with flexible industrial units, storage and distribution facilities available on both sites.
Maidstone is a key destination for manufacturing businesses, with 370 companies now located in the County town’s mixed-use and industrial parks. 20/20 Business Park and Parkwood Industrial Estate are both located close to the M20 and offer companies cost-effective office, industrial and distribution space to let. With quick train services to London, close proximity to major airports and UK ports, Maidstone is a popular base for manufacturing businesses looking to expand.
North Kent Enterprise Zone
Enterprise Zones offer manufacturing businesses key benefits, including discounts on business rate worth up to £55,000 annually for five years. This, alongside other incentives, is helping to create a strong manufacturing community in North Kent, where manufacturing companies can collaborate and thrive together.
The North Kent Enterprise Zone offers three unique locations: Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent Medical Campus and Innovation Park Medway, focused on engineering, digital technologies and medical and life science. Flexible, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities are being developed on each site to adapt to your business needs as you grow over the years.
Discovery Park, Sandwich
One of the UK’s leading science parks, Discovery Park boasts modern and flexible GMP manufacturing facilities. Whether you require pilot-scale facilities or large manufacturing premises, this world-class science park is your one-stop destination to grow your manufacturing operations sustainably. They also have their own renewable energy supply on site to power your manufacturing operations using clean resources.
The Medway region is home to 450 manufacturing businesses now employing over 7,000 people. Innovation Park Medway is the latest addition to the region’s thriving industrial parks, allowing manufacturing companies to expand in a collaborative business environment. It complements the existing London Medway Commercial Park, Chatham Maritime and Chatham Centre and Waterfront. These mixed-used business parks offer office as well as light industrial space for businesses looking to relocate in a more affordable location. Lower business costs are a key factor leading businesses to choose Medway, as well as access to main motorways and the riverfront, an ideal location for businesses shipping manufactured goods in and out of England.
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