A collection of hotels, inns and b&bs in Kent have reported an average 25% increase in turnover over the last year, equating to a rise of £8.59m.
Hospitality members part of Produced in Kent, which works to support the region’s small food, drinks and craft businesses, have collectively generated a turnover of £34.4m during the last 12 months and seen the employment of over 100 new staff members.
The organisation is celebrating its most successful year, with an estimated total rise in members’ turnover of £24.85m.
70 per cent of Produced in Kent Members have found the organisation’s PR and marketing support to have had a significant positive impact on their businesses.
Members use the organisation to gain support with their PR and marketing, as well as networking events, introductions to suppliers or stockists, visibility in the Kent Food directories and on the website, fund-raising support, business advice, training workshops, event opportunities and special discounts and access to venues from supporting Kent businesses.
“The team at Produced in Kent are all – without exception – game changers who make a difference to our business and those of our peers.” Jane Murtagh, general manager, The Ferry House Inn.
Stephen Clarke, chairman of Produced in Kent: “It’s been a fantastic year as more retailers turn to local producers than ever before. Our organisation is growing faster than ever with more products launched, more nationwide shops selling Kentish produce and more tourists visiting our county for its incredible breath of food, drink and artisan crafts on offers.”
Looking forward to the future, 55 per cent of Produced in Kent members plan to expand this year, 35 per cent are planning to export this year, 72 per cent have invested in new equipment or machinery in the last year. 84 per cent have launched new products or services in the last year and 35 per cent are outsourcing some of their administration.