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Kent stays strong as business location

Thu 22 April 2010, 3:39 pm

Interest in Kent and Medway as business locations has held up reasonably well despite the recession.
Locate in Kent, the agency that promotes the county for inward investment, admits it has been a difficult year but hopes to be close to its annual jobs and project target by the end of the month.
Locate in Kent chairman Sir Brandon Gough said it had been a difficult year. "But nevertheless, there have been some good transactions, rather better than we might have expected," he added.

Locate in kent claimed to have helped attract nearly 2,900 jobs and safeguard 1,600 that might otherwise have been lost last year. It achieved a record 76 projects and set similar targets for 2009/2010 despite the economic downturn.

Chief executive Paul Wookey said the agency would be "there or thereabouts" when the full figures are revealed. "If we fall short, it won't be for the want of trying. Some projects will naturally fall into a month or two later."

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