Why Here

Folkestone works for your business and it’s a great place to be. We are only 52 minutes from London via the High Speed 1 rail service, at the transport hub that links the UK with continental Europe, and with 1 GB superfast broadband you can be virtually anywhere in the world in seconds. Major businesses in the creative, digital, financial and tourism sectors prosper. We have unique funding opportunities to support business growth, including apprenticeship grants, plus business space is cost competitive. We have a skilled workforce and good schools and colleges which offer a sustainable future for any business looking to grow here.

Excellent Connectivity

Folkestone is less than an hour from London via two stations on the High Speed 1 rail link. We have easy access to continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel and through the Port of Dover just 15 minutes’ drive away. We have excellent superfast broadband following investments by internet network providers and Shepway District Council that can also provide ultrafast broadband in most business locations in Folkestone.

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Good Property

We have many sites offering high quality business accommodation, including modern offices in the centre and on the edge of Folkestone, rural workshops and industrial units and warehouses close to the M20.

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Vibrant Business Community

We have a vibrant and thriving business community and a popular business forum – the Shepway Business Advisory Board chaired by local businessman Geoff Miles. This offers businesses mutual support and networking opportunities, as well as a voice to policy makers on local and national matters affecting business. 

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Sector Strengths

We are home to just under 4,000 businesses that range from big brands such as Saga, Holiday Extras and Church & Dwight to smaller start-ups like Shane Record Paintings, which is one of many thriving creative businesses clustered in The Creative Quarter.

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Property Search

No matter what stage you are at in your business journey, we have property space for you. The Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh and North Downs area has readily available, affordable commercial property from start-up incubator units through to large office and manufacturing facilities. Commercial property prices are up to 60% lower than in London.

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Skilled Workforce

Competitive pay and good education provide a talented workforce for your business. Nearby universities offer a pool of highly qualified, knowledge-based graduates. Excellent Further Education provision means employers have access to a skilled workforce through apprenticeships and bespoke training. And with our excellent schools, businesses looking to grow will have a bright future here.

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Ambitions for Growth

Shepway District Council is very forward thinking and ambitious for growth. It welcomes new employers looking to relocate in the area and is assisting existing business through a flexible planning regime and funding to support growth. There are major developments already underway or planned, including the Folkestone Seafront development, that will transform the area.

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High Quality of Life

Our area really does offer a great work life balance. You will love the perfect mix of coastal and country life, culture and recreation and fine food in our award winning restaurants and country pubs. We have high achieving grammar schools and academies for youngsters and many cultural attractions, such as The Quarterhouse theatre in Folkestone and the Marlowe in nearby Canterbury.

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