High speed train within the Hitachi depotOur Economic Development team work to support business across the borough and those businesses looking to locate within Ashford.

What can the team do for your business?

  • We facilitate local business expansion and relocation
  • We signpost Ashford businesses to appropriate business support services
  • We provide confidential, professional support for companies considering Ashford as a business location
  • We liaise with colleagues within the council to find planning, licensing and environmental support for your business issues
  • We invest resources in projects to promote the Ashford urban and rural economy. Our recent projects include gaining Portas Pilot status for Ashford Town Centre and bidding to government for funds to support superfast rural broadband.

If you think the team can assist you, please complete our enquiry form.

You can also find out more about inward investment at the Ashford For website and about Ashford Town Centre at Love Ashford.

Business newsletter

The team produces a periodical newsletter called 'Business News'. Read and subscribe to 'Business News' here.

Preparing your business for Brexit

As a council we have been working for some time on identifying the potential impacts and opportunities which a “no deal” scenario could present to the delivery of council services, and to our residents and businesses. With the UK set to leave the EU on Friday 29 March, there are still many ways in which you can prepare your business for the future and below is a list of information sources that will assist you. Visit our Business News section for further details and advice on what assistance is available.

The team

Andrew Osborne
Economic Development Manager
andrew.osborne@ashford.gov.uk
01233 330310

Hannah Clayton-Peck
Economic Development Officer
hannah.clayton-peck@ashford.gov.uk
01233 330421

Jamie Cox
Assistant Economic Development Officer
jamie.cox@ashford.gov.uk
01233 330310