Our strategy and plans

Maidstone is the Business Capital of Kent as well as a great place to live, work, visit. The Borough provides a fantastic environment for business to grow and succeed. 

Maidstone Borough Council is determined to expand the Borough’s thriving local economy and see local people benefit from new jobs, increasing prosperity and sustainable growth. Our team is available to provide advice, guidance and support to any organisation wanting to move to, start up in, or expand in Maidstone. 

Our adopted Economic Development Strategy sets out our ambitious plans to ensure Maidstone benefits from the economic recovery and delivers on jobs, a growing economy, sustainable growth and proposes actions designed to achieve them. 

By 2031 our vision for Maidstone is: "A model 21st century county town, a distinctive place, known for its blend of sustainable rural and urban living, dynamic service sector-based economy, excellence in public services, and above all, quality of life". 

The Economic Development Strategy sets out five key priorities that will help Maidstone to grow between now and 2031:

  • Retaining and attracting investment
  • Stimulating entrepreneurship
  • Enhancing the town centre 
  • Meeting businesses skills needs
  • Working with partners to improve the borough's infrastructure 

The strategy will impact on the economic, social and environmental wellbeing for the whole of the borough and has been produced alongside the work completed on the Maidstone Borough Local Plan, for example with the allocation of land at Junction 8 of the M20 for employment purposes.