Kent achieves record year for new businesses

News Posted 29/01/19
Kent achieved a record year for new businesses during 2018 – with more company formations than at any time in its history.

Figures just published show that more new businesses were established in Kent during 2018 than in any previous year – despite the challenges of political and economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

In terms of new companies, 15,057 were registered in the county compared to 14,860 in 2017 which represents an increase of 1.3%.

This brings the total number of registered companies in Kent to 108,910, up from 105,182 at the end of 2017, which equates to 3.5% growth.

The statistics come from the Inform Direct Review of UK Company Formations using data from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics.

Medway formed the most new businesses (2,281), followed by Ashford (1,535) and Maidstone (1,370).

John Korchak, director of operations at Inform Direct said: “These record high figures for new company formations in Kent show a very positive picture for business against a background of political and economic uncertainty. It is clear that the county continues to provide a supportive environment, both for new business ventures and existing enterprises.

“It is heartening to see entrepreneurs making their mark with increasing numbers of new businesses being formed. This picture is mirrored elsewhere in the UK, with a number of regions seeing more new formations in 2018 than at any time in their history and the UK as a whole achieving a new record total of registered companies.”

Across the UK as a whole, a record number of new companies were formed– 669,855 compared with 634,116 in 2017.

The number of registered companies in the UK also continued to grow, finishing the year with a total of 4,308,022.

Pictured: John Korchak

Inform Direct Infographic - Company formations in Kent 2018

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