Creative and Digital

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East Kent is fast establishing itself as a new hub for businesses in one of the UK's fastest growing sectors, creative and digital.

In the past decade, Folkestone has witnessed substantial regeneration and the birth of a thriving Creative Quarter, housing a collection of over 100 artistic studios and businesses.

Folkestone's status as an emerging digital cluster has recently been boosted by the opening of co-working hub The Factory Floor, a counterpart to Canterbury entrepreneur workspace Fruitworks.

And in autumn 2013, Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Doug Richard opened his first regional School for Creative Startups in Folkestone, a training programme for Kent’s creative entrepreneurs, fully funded by Kent County Council.

Since opening in 2011, the Turner Contemporary gallery has not only brought a wealth of tourists to Margate, it has also bolstered the town's burgeoning community of small cultural retailers and confirmed the East Kent's reputation as an up-and-coming creative force.

Canterbury, ranked as the UK's leading digital hotspot by Experian, and the UK's 3rd most vibrant city, has become a hub for a new generation of digital engineers and gamers. With a ready availability of good value office space and fuelled by graduates from its three universities, the town has attracted a growing number of digital businesses out of London’s increasingly expensive 'Silicon Roundabout'.

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