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The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.

Analysis Report: Economic and Business Activity in Swale


Swale’s economic landscape is characterised by a diverse business sector with a strong presence in construction, professional services, and trade. The area has a total of 37,520 employees, indicating a vibrant job market. Despite no recent IPOs, there’s a notable growth in employment, showing a positive trend in economic development.

Employment and Business Growth

  • Total Employees: Swale has 37,520 employees, showing healthy employment levels.
  • Employee Growth Rate: The employee growth rate stands at 57.64%, indicating a robust increase in job creation.
  • Number of Scaleups: There are 64 scaleup companies, suggesting a dynamic environment for business expansion.
  • Top Sectors with Employee Growth: Notable sectors with employee growth include construction, professional services, and trade.

Sector Dynamics

  • Top Sectors by Number of Companies: Construction (1,185 companies), Professional Services (960 companies), and Trade (886 companies) dominate Swale’s business landscape.
  • Sectors with Most Growth: Emerging sectors include Materials Technology and Chemicals, showing diversification in the economy.
  • Total Number of Companies: Swale hosts 7,568 companies.
  • New Companies in Last 2 Years: 1,825 new companies were established in the last two years, reflecting an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • SMEs and Exporters: A significant number of SMEs (5,849) and exporters (169) contribute to the local economy.
  • Companies with Foreign Parentage: 102 companies have foreign parentage, indicating international business interest.

Business Continuity

  • Company Cessations: Swale saw 722 companies ceasing operations, a figure to monitor for economic stability.
  • Dead Companies: No new company deaths were recorded, a positive sign for business continuity.

Gender and Age Diversity in Leadership

  • Founders’ Gender: 17.31% of founders are female, while 82.69% are male.
  • Directors’ Gender: Female directors constitute 28.01%, and male directors 68.43%.
  • Age Distribution of Directors: The largest group of directors falls in the 50-60 age bracket (27.67%).

Innovation and Growth

  • Number of Patent Owners and Grantees: 95 patent owners and 4 grantees suggest innovation.
  • Fundraising Activities: 2 fundraising activities indicate investment interest.


Swale demonstrates a thriving and diverse economic landscape with strong growth in employment and business activities. The presence of a significant number of SMEs and exporters, along with emerging sectors, suggests a dynamic and evolving economy. Attention to company cessations and gender diversity in leadership can further strengthen the economic fabric of Swale.

Company foundations and cessations over time

Active companies over time

The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.