What and where is East Kent?

East Kent is home to 609,000 people and 20,395 businesses. Comprising the coastal districts of Thanet, Dover, Shepway and Canterbury, blending historic landmarks such as Canterbury Cathedral with modern hubs like the Turner Contemporary, the area offers a mix of rich heritage and new frontiers.
It is quickly becoming a destination for businesses looking for an alternative to the soaring rental prices and increasing staff costs of larger cities, resulting in growing clusters of start-up and fast-growth businesses - there are now over 1,400 creative businesses in East Kent alone.
With high-speed connections to capital and continent, there is a wealth of opportunity on its doorstep. And its not just a great place to do business, Canterbury is the UK’s tenth most popular destination outside London, the White Cliffs have been voted the most popular stretch of British coastline, Margate is one of the Rough Guides top ten ‘must-visit’ European destinations for 2013, and Whitstable and Folkestone are both in The Times top twenty ‘coolest places’ to live in the UK.


East Kent is a natural home for entrepreneurs, offering a host of business and lifestyle advantages. Grow for It is all about championing the abundant assets the area has to offer anyone looking to start, grow or move their business.

Hosting events from Dover Cruise Terminal to London Stock Exchange, mentoring hundreds of entrepreneurs and students on our campaign battle-bus, and promoting East Kent through national media, Grow for It is putting East Kent on the UK’s enterprise map.

If you already have a business in East Kent, are thinking of starting a new venture or want to relocate your business to the area then Grow for It can help. If you can’t find the information you are looking for then drop us a line or give the team a call and we will help.

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