North Kent Enterprise Zone

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Ebbsfleet Garden City is part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, meaning businesses locating to the area could enjoy discounted business rates.

North Kent is where growing businesses thrive, communities grow and people enjoy the quality of life they want. It’s an area benefiting from sustained economic development and growth, with a plethora of opportunities for potential investors.

Between London and Europe, with excellent connections to both from Ebbsfleet Garden City, the North Kent Enterprise Zone is one of the south-east region’s new business hubs for innovation and entrepreneurial growth, which will provide state-of-the-art commercial space and a positive business environment for high-value, specialist and forward thinking companies.

The Enterprise Zone’s six exceptional business sites, around Ebbsfleet Garden City, Medway and Maidstone, will offer specialisms in key sectors such as medical and healthcare research, training and practice, advanced manufacturing, engineering and digital technologies.

Advantages of Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones are Government-designated areas in England that offer incentives to business occupiers including business rate discounts worth up to £55,000 annually for five years (a maximum of £275,000 per business).

Access to London and the continent

Connectivity is at the heart of the Enterprise Zone’s proposition. Every site has easy and fast access to London, as well as excellent connections to the rest of the UK, and mainland Europe, especially at Ebbsfleet Garden City from Ebbsfleet International where you can reach central London in 17 minutes. With close proximity to high speed rail links and strategic transport networks, the area offers unparalleled access to regional, national and global markets.

Attract a top-quality workforce

The region provides employers with a highly skilled local workforce, and the cluster of outward-looking Universities and robust FE institutions offers top-class research, development and training facilities and a rich pool of expertise and future talent.

Kent and Medway offer some of the best places in the UK to live and work, with a growing and diverse housing market, excellent schools, leisure facilities and extensive shopping, including nearby Bluewater.

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Key benefits:

High speed rail and road networks with London and Europe

Close to London, one of the world’s most prosperous cities

Business environment where innovative, high-value companies and growing businesses will thrive

Highly skilled local workforce

Business hub for specialisms in medical and life sciences, engineering and digital technologies

A supportive environment that will help growing businesses to connect, collaborate and compete

Why Berkeley Group chose Ebbsfleet Garden City and the North Kent Enterprise Zone for business

Why Berkeley Modular chose Ebbsfleet Garden City as the location for its new factory

With a call for a more innovative approach to solving Britain’s housing shortage, modern methods of construction such as modular housing have been tipped as the future for the industry due to the speed of delivery and cost effective nature.

Berkeley Group has been active in the South East residential development sector for many years and capitalising on the opportunity to expand into the manufacturing sector, has formed Berkeley Modular, with a new production capacity in Ebbsfleet Garden City set to open. The new company will produce a volumetric modular housing solution, creating high-quality homes which are fantastic to live in and deliver an improved correlation between design and performance.

When it comes to doing business, Kent has always stood out above other locations due to its geographical convenience to Berkeley Group development sites; many of which are located around London and the South East. Rather than seek out other premises and facilities elsewhere in the UK, Berkeley Group has carefully considered where it should make its significant investment and the facility on Northfleet Embankment East was deemed the ideal location to deliver the high performing housing products. The 150,000 sq ft manufacturing facility and a 15,500 sq ft office building will sit on a ten-acre site within the county’s North Kent Enterprise Zone and eventually produce up to 1,000 properties a year.

Kent has an abundance of highly skilled talent in the manufacturing and construction sector which meant Berkeley Modular were able to take full advantage of this talent pool. With plans to create a number of jobs in the area and invest in training and development and apprenticeship schemes, the venture will have a positive impact on the local economy.

We worked closely with the Locate in Kent Skills Advisor to progress our training and development frameworks and to select the right sort of partners in the Kent geography to support programmes, and to support some of our recruitment work.”

So what is in store for this innovative business? With a strong business plan and a hunger to grow, Berkeley Modular have put a big focus of creating new, permanent jobs in the area. In time, they envisage to employ around 250 people once fully operational. The initial recruitment plans have been based on around 145 people ahead of production starting in January 2020.

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