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Cost Competitive

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The cost of doing business in Ashford is significantly lower than in other parts of the UK. Business can count on the availability of skilled, loyal employees at cost-effective salaries.

Office rents are around 70% lower than in London or Paris and 40% less than in other towns in the South East. Research shows that 80% of investors anticipate that Ashford will become more attractive as a business location, citing its growth potential and rail connections as particularly significant.

Office space

From corporate headquarters to start-up premises, Ashford offers a wide range of workspace for all types of business, with new office rents at only £16.75 per sq ft compared to £87 in London.

Ashford has the lowest rental levels compared to centres such as Kings Hill, Ebbsfleet, Chatham, Croydon and Maidstone reinforcing its cost saving advantage.

Some companies relocating to Kent from London have saved 40% on their overall operating costs.


Ashford is fast transforming into a vibrant place to work, live and shop. And with average salaries 20% less than in London, and 10% lower than the rest of the South East, Ashford offers significant cost advantages for growing businesses.


Whether it’s urban living, picturesque towns or the countryside, Ashford is an attractive and accessible location. It has one of the widest selections of new houses in Britain. With house prices 7% cheaper than the South East average and around 30% cheaper than in London, it’s no wonder that demand is strong.

Average House Prices in the South East

Source: Land Registry July – September 2006