The city of Canterbury, famous for Chaucer’s Tales, has a new story to tell – and it’s all about creating jobs. The county of Kent as a whole saw record numbers of new business start-ups last year – 13,223 companies were registered with Companies House compared to a previous best the year before of 12,599 – and many of these were in Canterbury. In comparison, London last year saw 191,915 new business start-ups and the UK as a whole, more than half a million.
The figures bring the total number of firms in the county to 88,167 and that’s great news for job hunters in Canterbury. There are 26% more companies active in Kent today than there were five years ago, a clear sign that the economic recovery is in full flow, making the future a bit brighter for people looking for jobs in the more attractive parts the southeast.
One of the drivers of new business start-ups in Canterbury is the University of Kent’s Enterprise Hub, which was launched in 2010. Based at the university’s Canterbury campus, it’s a dedicated place for university staff and students, current and those who left within the last five years, to set up new businesses. Since its launch it has seen 78 set up, creating jobs for hundreds of people and bring in millions of pounds to the local area.
Both physical hubs, including affordable office space and resources, and virtual hubs, offering help without the need to be located at the campus, are available at this innovative scheme. Often students’ business ideas involve apps and a couple have sold for six-figure sums already, proving that jobs in the digital sector are on the rise here.
Of course, it’s not all technological revolution in Canterbury; there is a whole host of sectors recruiting at the moment and, as you might expect in a city of such historical interest, leisure and tourism is a key area for anyone looking for a job in this beautiful region.
Mixing ancient and modern is what Canterbury does best and Canterbury Cathedral – along with the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canterbury Castle and the city’s museum sit happily alongside the Whitefriars retail development and the Lakesview International Business Park.
The city is also close to the coast and only an hour’s travel from London. It’s actually halfway between London and France so your only problem after finding a job in Canterbury could be deciding where to go on your day off.
If you are looking for a job in or around Canterbury, visit Zoek today, and let your new job find you. For further information on local employment, visit our Zoek Blog.
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