Regional Development

Kent & Medway plays a key part in the UK economy and is a leading region for the food and drink sector:

  • Kent’s contributes £2.6bn to the UK’s food and drink industry with over 2,500 food and drink business and 17,000 employees located in the region.
  • Growers benefit from the region’s exceptional climate producing world-beating wines and boasting the largest high-tech greenhouse complexes in the UK.
  • With a strong focus on technologies of the future and advanced manufacturing, Kent & Medway is home to over 3,500 manufacturing companies generating £3.2bn to the economy. Advanced engineering provides around 15,500 jobs in Kent alone.
  • The region is home to almost 300 cutting-edge life science companies and a network of world-class scientists located in several universities and notable research organisations.

The Growing Kent & Medway cluster stimulates collaboration between these players. By combining the strengths of its partners, it catalyses innovation in advanced horticulture, food and drink processing and emerging technologies to create growth in the regional economy.