East Kent open for business 'big time', London Stock Exchange told
Grow For It
campaign at the London Stock Exchange
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
East Kent is open for business big time, Londoners have been
Stepping up the Grow for It campaign to woo firms to the east of
the county, Kent County Council leader Paul Carter told a
100-strong audience in the London Stock Exchange today the
area suffered from myths about apparent remoteness and poor
"We need to unlock east Kent's potential
and bust some of those myths," he said. It was well connected by
high speed trains to London and the continent, rents were up to a
10th of London prices, and the quality of life was unsurpassed,
with stunning countryside. "East Kent is really open for business
big time," Cllr Carter, pictured right, said.
East Kent was one of the best-kept secrets in the south east,
possibly in the country, he added. "I hope the London audience has
been impressed by what east Kent has to offer. We need to raise
awareness of the opportunity there which is why we're investing in
the Grow for It campaign."
Five East Kent MPs - Laura Sandys (South Thanet), Julian Brazier
(Canterbury), Charlie Elphicke (Dover), Damian Collins (Folkestone
and Hythe) and Sir Roger Gale (North Thanet) joined the audience,
along with seven business leaders whose enterprises have grown in
As falling share prices were reflected in red by the Stock
Exchange's information banners, the red Grow for It logo
demonstrated a quite different message - that east Kent is on the
Ms Sandys said east Kent had raised its sights and ambitions
over the past five years. "This is about growing the economy of
East Kent and it's really exciting," she said.
The aim is to attract 3,000 jobs to east Kent, especially at
Discovery Park - formerly the Pfizer site at Sandwich - by
Former Dragons' Den panellist Doug Richard and business minister
Michael Fallon (MP for Sevenoaks) gave further heavyweight support
to the campaign devised by London-based agency Seven Hills. It also
features adverts alongside Tube station escalators, and on the
sides of red buses.
Rail operator Southeastern is hoping to expand its high-speed services in the east of the county by creating a coastal loop route.
A Kent consumer electricals company is selling part of its business to an American group in a deal which will leave it with £3m in the bank.
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