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Business and investment

Medway means business

Welcome to Medway Council’s business pages, which provide information on Medway’s economic strategy, support for local businesses, inward investment, European Affairs and other useful information related to business or the Medway economy.

Key facts and information

  • Medway consists of Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Rochester and Strood
  • Medway is the largest urban area in the south-east outside London
  • The Medway economy is worth around £2.8billion per year and has an estimated 13,000 businesses
  • The population of Medway is 263,900 (2011 census) and is expanding to a city of around 280,000 people by 2028
  • Medway is part of the Thames Gateway Regeneration Programme – the largest development project in Europe - that will create new opportunities for business expansion and inward investment. Medway’s economy has a targeted growth rate of twice the national average and is expected to create 21,500 jobs by 2028
  • Medway is conveniently located and benefits from comprehensive transport links with Europe and the UK. Medway benefits from having access to the M2, M20 and M25, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link domestic services and a trans-global seaport.

Business support

Medway Council is committed to ensuring that Medway benefits from the right economic conditions to support inward investment, new business formation and business growth. Medway Council and its partners provide businesses with advice and support on topics such as: 

Visit Employ Medway for support and advice on recruitment, cost-effective office space and much more.

You can also view our Economic development strategy.

In addition to the services above the council also offers support and advice on the following topics:

Medway Regeneration

Key areas in Medway are undergoing substantial regeneration, including Chatham Waterfront, Station Gateway and The Brook. The long term strategy is to create a commercial, cultural and city centre at the heart of Medway with specific key aims.