It’s now even easier to find the retail unit, office or industrial space that’s right for your business thanks to a newly-launched online service by Ashford Borough Council.
Businesses looking to relocate to the area or existing firms keen to expand can visit www.ashford.gov.uk/business/commercial-property/council-owned-commercial-property-search/ where they will find details of council-owned properties for rent.
And, while the authority is keen to showcase its own range of properties to potential tenants, it also includes a link to the AshfordFor website https://www.ashfordfor.com/index.php/locate-your-business where there are details of those properties which are available to rent or buy on the open market.
This ability for businesses to easily tap into a mix of council- and privately-owned properties ensures firms are presented with the widest choice of available space in one of the fastest-growing towns in the region.
Visitors to the council’s new online service can search by property type (retail, industrial, office), length of tenure, premises size and dimensions and also address. There is a ‘favourites’ function so visitors can select properties to come back and view later.
Users will also find a scrolling gallery which is activated by hovering over an image, this brings up details about that property. Property availability will be kept right up to date, information will be displayed when refurbishment is underway or a unit is ‘under offer’.
Anyone looking for office space just minutes from Ashford International Station and its 38 minute fast train link to central London can choose between International House (above) or the nearby Connect 38 building (main picture).
Available industrial units at the newly-built 47,000 sq ft Carlton Road Business Park or popular Ellingham Industrial Estate are detailed; while information on a choice of retail space at the town centre Park Mall is just a click of a mouse away.
Cllr Paul Clokie, the council’s portfolio holder for corporate property, says: “The development of this online platform helps the council to showcase its available properties, ensuring we maximise revenues to fund the services we provide our residents. It also enables businesses to find appropriate sites in the best places at highly competitive rates.”