As the largest and most populated county in the UK, Kent has nearly 1.6 million residents and a workforce of more than 820,000 people, making the Garden of England the perfect place to live and work.
The Garden of England refers to Kent's abundance of fruit growing and hop gardens but Kent's economy is greatly diversified; haulage, logistics and tourism are major industries with the northwest of the county populated by aggregate building materials extraction, printing businesses and international scientific research companies.
Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt and its strong transport connections to the capital and the nearby continent make Kent a high-income county. Twenty-eight per cent of the county forms part of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: the North Downs and The High Weald. Kent is a very beautiful and varied location from the picture postcard coastal towns of Ramsgate and Folkestone and the areas of outstanding natural beauty in Sevenoaks & Tunbridge Wells, to the busy and bustling North Kent urban towns of Dartford and Gravesend.
Less than an hour from St Pancras and 40 minutes from Lille, high-speed connections to the capital and continent make Kent an excellent location for work and leisure.
Kent's Broadband service is one of the best in the country and they are working with the Government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) team and Openreach to continue to improve access to faster broadband services. To date, this work has already brought superfast broadband to over 138,000 homes and businesses, who would otherwise have been left with no, or slow broadband. This means that over 95% of properties across Kent and Medway can now access a superfast broadband service of at least 24mbps. Alongside this, the Kent Rural Fibre Broadband Project is working to connect an additional 5,000 rural homes and businesses with no or slow broadband with gigabit capable, fibre-to-the-premise broadband.
With its stunning landscapes, historic landmarks, multi-cultural communities and a rich heritage there is lots to love about Kent; excellent schools, vibrant towns, golden beaches and breath-taking countryside and with residential property considerably below London prices and investment in redevelopment, why not choose the best of both worlds by working in Kent?
Please see the Kent County Council website for further information about the Council and the County of Kent.
Business in Kent
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce - Aiding Kent Businesses www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership www.southeastlep.com
The Lower Thames Crossing Position Statement 2020 www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/transport-and-highways-policies/lower-thames-crossing-position-statement
The Kent Infrastructure Framework www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-and-policies/environment-waste-and-planning-policies/growth-and-infrastructure-framework-gif/growth-and-infrastructure-framework-sub-county-overviews
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & and Sport Building Digital UK www.gov.uk/guidance/building-digital-uk
Latest Kent News
Kent Online: www.kentonline.co.uk
Kent Live: www.kentlive.news
Kent Facts and Figures
Kent CC website facts and figures page: www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/information-and-data/facts-and-figures-about-Kent
Encyclopaedia Britannica entry on Kent: www.britannica.com/place/Kent-county-England
Culture and Tourism
Visiting Kent – things to do and see: www.visitkent.co.uk
Living in Kent
Zoopla living in Kent guide: www.zoopla.co.uk/discover/buying-area-guides/living-in-kent