Research, undertaken by an independent consultant in November 2017, suggests that Hadlow College contributes approximately £18m to the local economy and supports a total of 459 full-time equivalent jobs in Kent and Medway.
Operating across the South East, with sites in Canterbury, Tonbridge and South East London, its 3,000 students, studying either a further education, higher education and or apprenticeship programme, contribute £2.5m to the region in the form of off-site spending. In addition, their on-site expenditure of £1.3m contributes to the larger procurement expenditure, 55% of which is retained within the South-East.
In addition to its primary educational aim, the College also operates a number of commercial businesses on site, and each year, organises a large-scale Lambing Weekend, which attracts around 14,000 visitors over the two days. The impact of these visitors on the local visitor economy has been calculated as contributing around £121,000.
This research, which took place as part of a wider survey into the effects of the Hadlow Group (of which Hadlow College is a part), additionally concluded that the Group - comprising three further education colleges, as well as Hadlow Rural Community School, Hadlow Community Pre-School, Betteshanger Sustainable Parks and the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School - contributes just under £48m per annum to the economies of Kent and Medway, and generates £1.99 for every £1 of income.