Ashford is a town in Kent, 57 miles from London. It is a significant railway hub, linking five domestic lines as well as the international Eurostar trains to France and Belgium.
As such, the towns transport connections are good. High speed trains connect Ashford International station to St Pancras in less than 40 minutes. The M20 motorway is nearby, and driving to Dover takes around half an hour. Lydd Airport is 25 minutes away and provides regular flights to the continent.
Ashford has a population of around 118,000. There are around 54,500 people in employment (including 8,000 self-employed). Ashford has an unemployment rate of 6.2%. 87.3% of those aged 16-64 in Ashford have a qualification level of NVQ1 or higher. 10.4% have no qualifications at all, while 30.3% are educated to at least NVQ4.
Full-time staff living in the town have median earnings of £497.40 per week, less than the regional median of £555.80. The majority of jobs come under services, although recruitment agencies may be interested in the manufacturing and construction sectors. The Eureka Business Park offers a wide range of business premises as well as a leisure area and multiplex cinema. The Designer Outlet centre has more than 80 shops, providing employment for retail staff.