Choosing Kent To Start Or Re-locate A Business

Kent is located in the south-east corner of England and benefits from a great diversity of the population, in towns, villages and cities, spreading from the Thames London border in the north down to the English Channel in the south.

The county town is Maidstone, which is situated near the M20 motorway which links directly to the orbital M25 and access to London. The strategically placed infer structure of roads and railways gives access to Ashford, with its central railway station hub linking the channel tunnel and Dover via the M2 motorway and access to our European trading partners.

Other prominent cities and towns in Kent include Canterbury, with its vast cathedral, Royal Tunbridge Wells, with its historical Pantiles and Sevenoaks with its famous National Trust Knowl Park. All of these and many more historic sites across the county are a huge magnet for foreign visitors and a significant boost to the countries tourist industry.

On the east side of the county, you will find the Medway towns, which are strategically located along the river Medway. These towns comprise Rochester, Chatham and Strood. Further down to the south-east corner the well -known seaside towns of Herne Bay, Margate & Ramsgate.

Over the last few years the attraction of Kent, with its excellent road and rail links has seen the population steadily increase, and according to the Kent County Councils sensor for 2015 is more than 1.5 million residents. This has opened the door for anyone with an entrepreneur spirit to explore avenues of new business start-ups, as well as established enterprises moving to Kent to take advantage of the closeness to the rest of Europe.

Business Advice Services

Kent County Council is keen to encourage new business ventures that service the increasing populous and have facilities available to help with advice via organisations such as ‘ Locate in Kent’ which offers free services for Kent businesses.

Ask a Kent Librarian’ provides start-up business information as well as mailing lists, and further advice and funding are available from Kent and Medway Business Hub.

Businesses To Support The People

With a growing population in Kent expected to exceed 2 million by 2020 opportunities are available for companies requiring a workforce. Individual self-employed entrepreneurs setting up business supplying services such as hairdressing, dog walking, baby minding are all required for busy working families.

Alternative Health Businesses

Another potentially booming area for the county is the natural remedy health care market. It is now more assured that our life span is increasing and healthy living is vital to keep us as active as possible into old age. As a person ages, they naturally have aches & pains, and the availability of practices such as acupuncture, and massage are now universally accepted. One Kent acupuncturist has found the town of Tunbridge Wells to be a good location for an acupuncture business and also has clients visiting him for massage in Tunbridge Wells.

Osteopath practitioners like Stuart Korth and Associates have also found Royal Tunbridge Wells to be a good location for a successful healthcare business. Stuart Korth and Associates have been established for many years and see a large portion of the local area.

Holistic dentistry is also another business that has been springing up across the county of Kent. In the more affluent towns of Kent it seems that more people are interested in a natural means of treatment for their dental work.


With an increased population across the county, Kent is an excellent county for a wide variety of businesses. However, for any emerging business, it is important to do sufficient research into the various towns to establish the size, demographic and transport routes. These are all important considerations when choosing a locale for a new business.

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