Ashford, leading the way in innovative technologies

Posted on 4 January 2019

Ashford in Kent is quickly becoming the South East’s digital hotspot, with industry-leading companies pushing the boundaries in e-commerce, digital marketing, publishing, AR, VR and AI. We take a look at some of the key tech and digital businesses that are growing out of Ashford and have become advocates for the town’s unique location and benefits.

PageSuite

PageSuite is a market-leading digital publishing specialist first established in Ashford in 2006. Since then, they have become a global brand and expanded across the Atlantic with offices in Atlanta, Boston and New York.

The company has always remained true to its Kentish roots and have now invested in brand new office space in the heart of the Ashford town centre in Connect 38. Relocated there has allowed them to accommodate for their consistent growth and welcome new staff members on board.

With clients and offices in the UK and the USA, PageSuite needs fast access to international trains and airports. Being next to the M20, close to both Gatwick and Heathrow, and just across the road from Ashford International allows them to benefit from the incredible connectivity in Ashford.

Staying in Ashford has also been a tactical choice to access highly-skilled wed and app development graduates across Kent, whether from University of Kent or the Ashford College just across the road.

SixPorts

Launched in 2018, SixPorts has been making some waves within the app development industry and is looking to expand even further by developing new business and consumer solutions using Voice Search, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality or Artificial Intelligence. One of the key reasons for located in Ashford, and the town’s iconic new office block Connect 38, is Ashford’s incredible connectivity.

With quick access to London, as well as Europe thanks to the International Station located right across the road from their offices, SixPorts can easily go and meet their clients whether in London or Europe!

The company’s clients can also easily reach them. In fact, Six Ports recently had a meeting with a European client, who travelled to their office from Belgium via the Eurostar: “Our first meeting in here was with our clients in Belgium who’d got the train, so that was really amazing, and they were really impressed.”

Space Between

Established in Ashford 2015 by three self-titled creative geeks, Space Between has been at the frontline user experience and e-commerce development thanks to their cutting-edge biometric lab.

Using the latest technology, they have developed an innovative, portable biometric lab which allows them to understand customers better than ever and get clear insights on how to get the highest conversion rate possible for their clients. With clients such as Asos, Merlin Entertainment and HRGo, they are making biometric analysis more accessible than before thanks to their experimental approach.

Being based in Ashford has been key to Space Between’s growth. Thanks to quick and easy connections to London, they have benefited from the cheaper business rates whilst still being able to meet their clients in central London in a heartbeat.

The team has also joined the free Scale Up Ashford initiative in April 2018 to unlock its full potential. To read more about their journey through the programme, read our latest Scale Up blog [link to blog].

Visarc

With nearly 20 years’ experience in the marketing industry, Visarc has established itself as one of the leading creative and digital agencies in Kent specialising in the automotive industry. They have also been conquering the rest of the UK as well as Europe by recruiting new staff, including an experienced European Account Director and native French, German, Dutch and Italian speakers to reach out to these key markets.

With clients including Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Vespa, SsangYong, Jeep or Piaggio, the agency works alongside some of the top brands in the UK and Europe and has built a reputation for impactful campaigns including Pay Per Click, SEO and Social Media.

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Franc Gamberini from Visarc speaking at the Scale Up Ashford workshop

Another Scale Up Ashford graduate, Visarc has benefited from the team’s incredible experience and knowledge over a year’s coaching sessions. This time in the programme has allowed them to take the time to focus on their business strategy and the direction they want to head in. For information on Visarc’s Scale Up Ashford journey, read the first cohort’s case studies.