Join the Makers
More than 3,500 manufacturing companies have made Kent their home, employing over 45,000 people.
Competitive commercial property costs are up to 60% cheaper than London and 15% lower than the rest of the South East, allowing businesses to get more space for their money and future-proof their manufacturing operations thanks to our state-of-the-art facilities.
Kent and Medway is playing a key part in the UK’s manufacturing success, generating an estimated £3.2bn GVA a year. Some of the largest UK manufacturing companies are based here, such as leading skincare, cosmetics and fragrances manufacturers Coty and industry-leading defence, security and aerospace manufacturing company BAE Systems.
Locating in Kent will give you fast links London and Europe thanks to easy access to major motorways, international airports, major UK ports, and the High Speed rail services taking you to London in as little as 17 minutes.
You will also find a great number of highly-qualified employees at a fraction of the London cost when relocating in Kent. The University of Kent’s School of Engineering and Digital Arts in Chatham Maritime trains the engineers of the future right on your doorstep. Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has developed the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise Hub, which will add an additional 1,250 graduates into the labour market by 2024. Working closely with manufacturing businesses to provide the right courses and placements, our higher education services ensure graduates are ready to support your business growth.
With industrial units, science parks and new land already strategically earmarked for new commercial development, Kent is the perfect location for manufacturing businesses looking to distribute their products across the UK and Europe.