Unbeatable connections, from capital to coast

Cut costs for your business without compromising on the connections that matter.

With London now less than an hour away from many East Kent locations courtesy of high-speed rail, the area has the connectivity to put your business in the fast lane. Journey times of 37 minutes from Ashford to London St. Pancras, and 53 minutes from Folkestone, put the commercial opportunities of the capital in easy reach.

And with Ashford International and Dover Cruise Terminal on your doorstep, the commercial opportunities of mainland Europe are also at your fingertips, journeys from Ashford to Lille taking just 62 minutes.

Ramsgate’s Manston Airport now operates direct flights to Amsterdam, and chartered flights to destinations including Dubrovnik, Verona, Naples and Oporto.

East Kent allows you to have breakfast in London, lunch in Paris and to make it home in time for dinner.

Get closer to the people that matter

High Speed 1 Train - Image by John Curnow - Grow for It, East Kent’s campaign for business

At the heart of every successful business is a winning team of enthusiastic, committed staff. East Kent has the skilled, ambitious workforce to take your company to the next stage of growth.

With an established workforce of over 300,000 and highly-skilled specialisms in life sciences, low carbon and creative & digital, rest assured that you will find the people to boost your business in East Kent.

Leading East Kent universities, The University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and UCA Canterbury inject an annual 8,000 employees into the area’s workforce. Talented, qualified and ambitious, these skilled graduates could give your business the affordable boost it needs.

What’s more, East Kent’s comprehensive further education provision, and UK-leading apprenticeships programme offer a ready supply of up-and-coming talent, facilitated by Kent County Council’s programme to help SMEs take on an apprentice.

"Get inspired at the region’s wonderful cultural destinations - such as Turner Contemporary."Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury