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Different businesses

across many different fields

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Local economy

up 2.9% from 2015, higher

than SE average

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4 universities

1 FE college

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5 million

Visitors each year

6000 jobs supported

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New homes by 2035

regeneration programmes

in all 5 main towns

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34 minutes

by high speed train to

five stations

(£37m upgrades)

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Home to sporting


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Beautiful green spaces

equivalent to 13 Hyde


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Productive collaborative links

between education and

local businesses

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Growing employment spaces

to suit all businesses

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Oldest Cathedral in England,

Historic Dockyard, two ancient castles,

home to the Royal Engineers since 1815

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30 days

of free festivals

and events each year

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Welcome to Medway

Medway is one of the largest conurbation in the South East, outside London, with a population of around 280,000 which is projected to grow. This has been a place of significance for thousands of years because of its strategic location as a crossing point on the River Medway; Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral and Chatham Dockyard were built for that very reason.

The towns making up Medway are Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Strood and Rainham. Large parts of the area are green and rural with a number of parks, seven of which are green flag accredited and Medway is part of the environmentally important North Kent Marshes on the extensive Hoo Peninsula to the north.

Medway has a diverse and rapidly growing business base with a focus on high value technology, engineering, manufacturing, cultural and creative, knowledge intensive companies. Innovation is at the heart of Medway’s future and is being supported by state-of-the-art facilities across the area linked to the universities, all helping start-up businesses.

With superb connections to London and Europe, Medway is part of the Thames Gateway and home to the University of Greenwich, University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University for the Creative Arts. This is a young and vibrant community that is destined for big things.

Why Medway?

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Medway Champions is a programme that unites businesses, organisations and individuals across the area in a powerful network to change perceptions of Medway and raise its profile.

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