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Ashford Business Breakfast

State of the Economy – The Inside Track
Friday, 27th November, 2009

Businesses from across Kent and the South East got the inside track on the state of the UK economy at a special business breakfast in Ashford.

Chaired by Ashford MP Damian Green, with a keynote speech from Bank of England Agent Phil Eckersley (South-East and East Anglia), the event at Eureka Business Park offered an in-depth look at the real effects of the recession and showed where future challenges and opportunities lie.

Businesses from Ashford, Kent and further afield met at the stunning Herald Building on Friday 27th November for a hot breakfast, and were given a taste of what Ashford’s ambitious growth plans have to offer the business community, such as excellent transport links to London and Europe, competitive property prices and ongoing public and private sector investment.

Mr Eckersley then gave a presentation on economic developments in the UK and South East and the findings of the most recent inflation report, including analysis of money, asset prices and demand, and assessment of the medium-term inflation prospects and risks.

Encouragingly, despite the downturn, well over 50 per cent of attendees indicated that they were starting to see the green shoots of recovery in Ashford and Kent, and there was a great deal of positive feedback about the economic future for local and regional businesses.

Exit surveys on the event completed by attendees showed that 100% felt the event had been useful to them, and that the keynote speech had been informative and interesting. Michelle O’Brien of Holiday Inn Ashford was the winner of the exit survey prize draw, and received a pair of return Eurostar tickets from Ashford to Lille.

With its exciting investment opportunities, population set to double by 2031 and highly
developed infrastructure supporting an existing 5,000 businesses and a predicted 28,000
new jobs, Ashford is perfectly positioned to give business a powerful competitive edge.
With a £2.5 billion investment programme in place, Ashford offers over 2 million sq ft of
planned office space, and sites are available on expanding business parks such as Eureka
Park which alone is home to some 300,000 sq ft of business space.

Within easy reach of beautiful countryside and excellent transport connections to London and the continent, why not consider Ashford for your business?

Below are presentations and documents from the event, and the Ashford film:

The UK economy: An Update – Phil Eckersley

View the Ashford Briefing on Pagesuite

Opportunity Ashford (Film)

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