Busi­ness agency takes its own ad­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Rebuilding London Bridge Station -

An agency which en­cour­ages com­pa­nies to move to Kent has done some re­lo­cat­ing of its own in a bid to at­tract new clients.

Lo­cate in Kent, which has helped se­cure nearly 60,000 jobs in the county over al­most 20 years, has moved to Ash­ford af­ter en­cour­ag­ing scores of firms to do the same.

The team of 11 has taken an of­fice in In­ter­na­tional House, near the sta­tion, and said the town’s trans­port links were a big fac­tor in the move from its pre­vi­ous head­quar­ters in Kings Hill.

Chair­man David Fitzsim­mons said: “Ash­ford is one of Kent’s best-con­nected towns, with high­speed rail links to Lon­don and the Con­ti­nent, and stan­dard rail con­nec­tions to Maid­stone, Can­ter­bury and west Kent.

“These links can only im­prove fol­low­ing the re­cent good news about £2 mil­lion in­vest­ment in new sig­nalling at the sta­tion which means more in­ter­na­tional ser­vices can stop there.

“The town also lies along­side the M20 and has two mo­tor­way junc­tions and a third in the pipeline.”

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son said: “It ap­pears Lo­cate in Kent has acted on its own re­search from its 2014 per­cep­tion sur­vey, which named Ash­ford as Kent’s num­ber one busi­ness lo­ca­tion.

“Ash­ford con­tin­ues to be a big draw, with un­ri­valled con­nec­tions to the cap­i­tal and Europe, a tal­ented work­force and at­trac­tive of­fice rents. It’s clear – Ash­ford is the place to do busi­ness.”

Lo­cate in Kent chair­man David Fitzsim­mons, left, with Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son

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