LIFE IN KENT

Life in Kent - Kent Science Park

Why should I move my business to Kent?

Kent is the home of some of the UK’s leading brands and brightest start-ups. With its excellent transport links and high standard of living, Kent is attracting an exciting mix of new businesses by offering great value for money without compromising on quality.

Transport and location

Transport and location

Kent is the only UK county with a high-speed rail network, and an additional £6.7 billion of new infrastructure is planned. London is easily accessible by car or train and Kent's proximity to the Eurotunnel and major UK ports make it the UK's gateway to Europe, and an ideal location for international businesses and distribution.

Gatwick, Heathrow and Southend airports are also easily accessible – providing excellent links for business and pleasure. 

Data and connectivity

Data and connectivity

Kent leads the way in connectivity for the UK with 92 % of homes and businesses having access to superfast broadband. Kent Science Park in particular has some extremely fast connections, which is one of the major attractors for new businesses relocating here. 

Competitive tax rates

Competitive tax rates

Companies in Kent benefit from the UK's competitive headline tax rate, which is the lowest in the G20.  The current UK corporation tax rate is 19 %, reducing to 17 % by 2020. Additionally, the competitive property market in Kent means that businesses pay a fraction of the business rates that they would need to pay in major UK cities.

Access to a strong talent pool

Access to a strong talent pool

Kent has four major universities in close proximity – Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent, the University of Greenwich, and the University for the Creative Arts. Alongside this group of homegrown talent, Kent Science Park has another 25 universities within a 20-mile radius, offering access to a vast talent pool.

Lower house prices

Lower house prices

The average house price in Kent is just under £315,000, while the figure for the South East as a whole is just over £360,000. Kent property prices are also on average 41 % less than Oxford at £530,000 and 33 % lower than London at £470,000 (Q1 2017).

Living in nature

Living in nature

Kent is full of quaint English villages, bustling towns, beautiful countryside and over 350 miles of coastline. A third of Kent is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.