Sell­ing the ‘Ash­ford brand’ to in­vestors

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

ASH­FORD coun­cil leaders have been telling key play­ers in Lon­don that the town is set for a rosy fu­ture. More than 60 in­vestors, in­ter­me­di­aries and de­vel­op­ers at­tended an event in the cap­i­tal last Thurs­day to find out how they can ben­e­fit from in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area. The break­fast brief­ing, Ash­ford: On the Right Track, was hosted by Ash­ford’s Fu­ture, the agency over­see­ing the town’s de­vel­op­ment, and at­tracted rep­re­sen­ta­tives from ma­jor de­vel­op­ers and in­vest­ment firms. Held at The Bri­tish Li­brary Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, speak­ers in­cluded Ash­ford’s Fu­ture manag­ing di­rec­tor and chair­man Ju­dith Ar­mitt and Robyn Pyle, re­spec­tively. Mrs Ar­mitt said: “It’s clear from the turnout that our mes­sage struck a chord with de­vel­op­ers who are looking be­yond the cur­rent eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties for op­por­tu­ni­ties. “The feed­back we re­ceived from del­e­gates at the end of the pre­sen­ta­tion was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.” The town is al­ready home to 5,000 com­pa­nies across a wide range of busi­ness sec­tors, from food pro­cess­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and en­gi­neer­ing to busi­ness ser­vices.

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