Sea and river meeting the land

At the mouth of the Thames — one of the world’s most famous rivers — lies Creative Estuary. 60 miles of coast and country reach east of London, from Purfleet to Southend in Essex and from Dartford to Margate in Kent. Our towns and communities across both counties include Basildon, Canterbury, Gravesham and Medway.


What’s here

Thames Estuary in numbers

The vital stats

These define the Thames Estuary Production Corridor. Creative Estuary forms part of the Corridor and covers North Kent and South Essex.

650 square miles

The Estuary landscape is shaped by land and water, with industry, local communities and open spaces creating a unique coastal environment.

1.7 million people

Across South Essex and North Kent the resident population is growing.



Creative and cultural production businesses supporting over 46,000 jobs across the Estuary


Investment in large scale production facilities across the Estuary over the past decade


Increase in the number of production businesses across the Estuary over the past five years


Higher and Further Education Institutions across the Estuary. Many of these specialise in creative industries

A place of opportunity

A creative future

Creative Estuary provides exciting growth opportunities for creative businesses of all kinds, from digital agencies to production companies and freelancers to film studios.

Building on existing networks and world leading initiatives we encourage businesses and organisations to relocate to the Estuary.

Value of UK’s creative industries in 2018 per annum, growing at five times the rate of the economy as a whole.

Estimated supply chain spend per annum by the creative industries across the UK.


Average productivity per creative SME compared to the economy average


Residents across the Estuary already working in creative occupations

The Estuary has many key advantages:

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Leading cultural organisations have invested in the Estuary, from the Royal Opera House to Turner Contemporary.

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Universities including University of Essex, University of Kent, and the University for the Creative Arts are the source of many talented graduates.

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Further Education colleges are providing relevant vocational training for students and offering degree-level qualifications.

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Existing networks of creative businesses including in design, gaming, fashion, filmmaking and music production, are making a significant and growing contribution to the Estuary’s economy.

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A local pool of talented creative people, many freelancing and collaborating across disciplines and media – from gaming to films, from fashion to music.

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Opportunities to collaborate and grow with cost effective workspaces and co-working hubs, close to town, country and coastal communities.

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Good connectivity to the capital and international markets: fast rail connections to London and to the Continent via Ebbsfleet and Ashford International, plus air connections from London Southend Airport to European destinations.

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Inspiring open spaces and heritage, from Chatham Historic Dockyard to Rainham Marshes nature reserve. The Estuary has a long history of maritime legend, ancient settlements, diverse communities, fascinating stories and rich wildlife.

Now is a great time.

To consider relocating your operation to Creative Estuary.

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It’s wide open for entrepreneurial start-ups and established companies wanting space to grow. Whatever your business Creative Estuary is a good place for making.

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Ready for investment

Creative Estuary actively encourages inward investment and inclusive development that supports its vision for the Estuary.

With good infrastructure and connectivity the Estuary is close to London and international markets. It provides a unique location for world-class creativity and entrepreneurship.

Opportunities exist for investors, potential funders, developers and businesses. These opportunities are growing all the time and many exciting development and regeneration opportunities are already in the pipeline.

We aim to influence and cooperate with local councils and planners to assist inclusive growth and to help design places and spaces that attract creative talent and work for the wider community.

The Estuary’s growing workforce with creative and digital skills, good earning potential and supported by relevant infrastructure is ready to achieve high levels of productivity.

If you are considering investing in the Estuary please contact us.

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Projected number of jobs delivered by the Thames Estuary Production Corridor (by 2050) — creating the UK’s largest concentration of creative production activity


Projected additional GVA per annum which could be delivered by the Thames Estuary Production Corridor — enhancing UK productivity and local prosperity

An active town life

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These places reflect the diversity and continuity of our communities, our rich local history and more.

Read about our towns

Projects in the making