Original article from Kent Live
Plans for a huge theme park that's been dubbed "Kent Disneyland" continue to move forward.
Based in Swanscombe near Dartford, it will officially be known as the London Resort.
The £2.5 billion project includes a massive theme park, hotel complex, convention centre, water park and space for a second theme park planned to open after the first one.
If completed, it would become the largest theme park resort constructed in Europe since the opening of Disneyland Paris.
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And after years of set-backs, the Kent-based park entered the pre-procurement phase this week.
This means they are looking for potential suppliers for the project to register their interest in an online form.
It follows news in January that the plans, detailed across hundreds of separate documents, had been accepted for full examination by the Government.
In recent months, reports are surfacing about the type of rides and themes that will feature.
The plans themselves reveal the scale of the buildings and massive infrastructure proposed.
The developers say the resort presents a huge opportunity for "a wide range of local, regional and national businesses" and the park could generate £50 billion of gross economic activity (GVA) for the UK in its first 25 years.
The London Resort's developers have compared its economic impact to that of Disneyland Paris, which added around EUR68bn to the French economy in the 25 years since opening.
Independent analysis estimates there would be 6.5m visitors to The London Resort in 2025, growing to 12.5m visitors by 2038.
If theme parks continue to grow at their 10 year growth rate, it could mean The London Resort would rank as the largest theme park in Europe.
Tim Aker, Development Manager for the Kent and Medway Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: "The London Resort is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses in the Southeast.
"This is a chance for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) to be part of the supply chain and take advantage of the economic benefits this project will bring to the region.
"At a time when the country needs investment, this will have positive effects on the local and wider economy.
"We encourage SMEs to register and see what part they can play in this exciting development."
It's estimated that 48,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be be created by the London Resort by 2038.
The developers say 50% of those jobs will come from local communities of Dartford, Gravesham and Thurrock.
"Businesses of all shapes and sizes have a critical role to play in this unique project," said Andy Martin, Strategy and Communications Director for the London Resort.
"The Register of Interest will help us understand more about the type and size of businesses that are interested in becoming a supplier."