Local Businesses Across The County

a business newspaper for kentSince the early days of Britain, Kent has always been a primary trading County due to its close connections and accessible passageways to France and the rest of Europe. Today, Kent remains an advancing county in business and commerce housing both small and large businesses. As a result, Kent, in general, remains a relatively affluent county on the whole.

Local Business And Commerce Across The County

The county town of Kent is Maidstone, but the area boasts other major towns and cities including Ashford, Sevenoaks, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells. Travelling along the eastern side of the county from the Greater London border of the Thames and the Queen Elizabeth Bridge at the Dartford river crossing we come across an area known as the Medway towns, due to their proximity to The River Medway.

The main towns of this stretch are made up of Chatham, Rochester and Strood, and each has its historical characteristics. Chatham was a major Royal Naval port until the 1970’s, and Rochester dates back to the days of William the Conqueror, with its castle still very dominant guarding the river estuary
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What is of particular interest is the variety of different local businesses that become attracted to the various towns across the county.

More affluent townships of Sevenoaks and Royal Tunbridge Wells, for example, see a larger amount of restaurants, expensive car showrooms and luxury hotels, which help to satisfy the disposable income of its residents.

Ashford has its main railway station linking London to the continent and being the central hub to bring vast numbers of tourists to feast on the historical delights of Canterbury with its imposing cathedral.

The Medway towns and Maidstone continue to expand and provide the growing population of Kent the diversity of housing and infer structure required to satisfy economic growth of the country.

An encouraging realisation is an emergence of small businesses across Kent and Medway, which show the entrepreneurial spirit of the people. This is something that we greatly encourage and want to see flourishing as time goes on. The diversity of the county gives every indication that trade will continue to flourish across Kent.

Networking Groups

Like any county in England, Kent certainly has its fair share of business networking groups to help support our businesses. Global networking leader BNI is, of course, present it every major town across the county, small and large, which is no surprise.

Over the last few years, England has also seen the emergence and flourishing of another highly successful networking community, known as 4 networking aka 4N. With a similar structure to BNI, 4N also meet for breakfast meetings and now also lunchtime events to help give their members a broader time frame for making meaningful business connections.

Of course, there are also much smaller and somewhat ‘niche’ groups that spring up from town to town. One in particular that we are delighted to see is the ‘Women in Business’ group, who are primarily based in West Kent. Although some may say it’s sexist to have a female only group, we think it’s great that these entrepreneurial women have established their own community to help progress their businesses. You can visit their website here http://wibwestkent.org.uk/

Many businesses seem to be springing up across the county, from small one man band style outlets to big commercial trading units, designer clothes shops and restaurants to name but a few.

Conclusion

As can be seen from the above, business opportunities abound across Kent provided one takes the time to study each perspective of the county and takes advantage of the help and assistance available from the various networking groups.

These groups are made up of people who are owners of their own businesses and the groups prosper because their survival is helping each other succeed. If you have a problem or need some advice about a business matter, you are sure to find someone at these meetings who have experienced a similar difficulty and will be only too pleased to give advice.

Visiting Kent and Medway Towns

Maidstone United Kingdom Seasons HouseThe geographical location of Kent, positioned in the south-east corner of England, between the English Channel and London, has led to the vast array of alternative architecture that is observed across the country. From Roman forts and Norman castles along with Anglo-Saxon burial chambers, the county is a haven of historical interest.

The original Roman road linking Dover to London was known as Watling Street, with the same approximate route now replaced with the A2 and the A28, with offshoots via A257 & B2068. The A2 runs through Dartford and picks up the Medway town of Rochester via Gravesend and on past Canterbury to Dover.

Many people think that Canterbury is the County town because of its links dating back to the 5th century and the birth of Christianity in England by St Augustus. However, the County town is Maidstone which is situated near Royal Tunbridge Wells. Another important town in Kent is Ashford with its central rail links connecting to the channel tunnel and France.

The infrastructure and road layout of the county make it easy to access all the places of interest that Kent has to offer. Whether you are interested in history or just want to sit on the beach in the sun, this county has too much to list individually in this post. Below I hi-light a broad range of venues and hope you will visit and explore and find what interests you.

Coastal Resorts in Kent

A recent beach guide survey produced a list of the top ten beaches in Kent with some surprising results. The beaches listed were not the most sandy or itemised under a specific category, so this shows the diversity of the Kent coastline. Beaches listed ranged from Dungeness to St Mary’s Bay, taking in Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Sandwich Bay and Hythe Beach.

The Cinque Ports

The origins of The Cinque ports are of trading communities based along the south coast, and these were originally used to trade between villages and then across the channel with France. The name Cinque is early French for five, as there were originally five ports, later increased to seven and included Sandwich, Dover Hythe and New Romney.

The Medway Towns

The main towns known traditionally as Medway towns are Strood, Rochester, Chatham, and Gillingham & Rainham. The Medway area has a long history and Rochester with its imposing castle originally dominating the area. Later Chatham & Gillingham were prominent as Navy and Military bases.

The dockyard at Chatham was opened in the reign of Henry VIII but closed in 1984 with the loss of many thousands of jobs. Over its lifetime The Royal Navy expanded the dockyard and was the birthplace of many famous ships, among them being HMS Victory, the flagship of Admiral Nelson.

Rochester, with its well-protected keep and strategically placed position guarding the narrowest stretch of The Medway, should be on every sightseer’s list, but many other notaries’ have resided here. Rochester was for a few years the home of Charles Dickens and reputedly based many of his novels on the everyday life of the town.