Ashford in Kent is being given more than £1 million to spruce up its look and give an attractive first impression to visitors arriving at Ashford International Station. It’s one of a number of initiatives helping to reinforce the town’s reputation as a go-ahead location with lots of opportunities if you’re looking for a job in Ashford.
It was one of the original ‘Portas towns’, benefiting from the expertise of shopping guru and TV personality Mary Portas and, of course, it’s a major European transport hub thanks to the Channel Tunnel. There are around 5,000 companies in Ashford including large employers such as Brakes and Premier Foods and business is booming. So the jobs are here but why would you want to move and work here?
Twenty one years ago work was completed on the £4.5 billion Channel Tunnel and Ashford has really been cashing in ever since. Its strategic position close to the coast and only half an hour on the train (or a 90-minute drive) to London together with Eurostar journeys to Lille in an hour, Brussels in 90 minutes and Paris in under two hours means it is a truly international transport hub.
Each day 400 trains carrying 50,000 passengers pass through the Channel Tunnel – together with cars and coaches that’s 21 million passengers a year. The town, as the ‘gateway to Europe’ has benefited from industries related to transport too, with many of its 5,000 businesses benefiting from the Eurostar.
As one of the Portas towns, the government initiative which put TV’s ‘queen of shops’ Mary Portas in charge of revitalising high streets in several towns around the country, Ashford benefited from her expert advice and the creation of the website LoveAshford.com, which offers a ‘digital high street’. It all means that shopping in Ashford is a big draw, in the real and the virtual worlds.
Designer Outlet Village
The Ashford Designer Outlet brings lots of visitors to Ashford – three million a year at the last count. Designed by architect Richard Rogers, it has dozens of designer and high street brands with massive price reductions available. It’s also being expanded with a predicted 950 new jobs in the pipeline.
Standard Of Living
Ashford has low unemployment – under two per cent – good schools and hospitals and although house prices are not the lowest in Kent (average price for a detached home is around £450,000) they are much more affordable than London prices.
Kent is not known as the Garden of England for nothing. Living in Ashford means you are within striking distance of some beautiful locations and picture postcard villages. So there’s always somewhere to go to unwind after a busy week in your exciting new Ashford-based job.
If you are looking for a job in or around Ashford, visit Zoek and let your new job find you. For further information on local employment, visit our Zoek Blog.
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