Approximately 56% of people in Medway have local jobs, below the Kent figure of 78%. Medway’s thriving further education and university presence offers an excellent skills base and significant scope to increase the quantity of good quality local jobs.
Medway is home to a number of significant businesses and industrial estates that provide good quality premises for the area’s 14,000+ businesses.
Medway’s industrial heritage has made Medway a commercially attractive place, particularly for engineering and manufacturing businesses, but also for construction businesses and functions which support the financial and public sector.
Medway is thriving as a creative hub, tourism continues to grow and there is an increasing focus on the healthcare sector to reflect growing and ageing populations.
Figures show that Medway’s economy is worth over £5bn – with a growth rate ahead of the rest of the UK. Medway’s popular town centres serve a population of over 275,000 – one of the largest conurbations in the South East outside London.
There are excellent transport links from the capital, continent and beyond, including HS1 rail services with a journey time from London as short as 34 minutes. At the same time, abundant countryside and award-winning green spaces are just minutes away.
We promote new local job opportunities stemming from inward investment to local residents, apprentices and graduates. Medway businesses, universities and colleges are working together to keep abreast of our skills demands, subsequently matching local supply with local requirements.
Medway is set to benefit tremendously from the new Kent and Medway Medical School, which will deliver 100 undergraduate places each year, with multiple medical placements in local healthcare facilities
We have one of the strongest engineering and manufacturing sectors in the South East and are a respected and established creative industries hub, with creativity permeating multiple sectors. Medway is at the vanguard of innovation and enterprise, with plentiful start-up and growth business space for graduates and entrepreneurs, and with land available for commercial development.