Rejuvenation for Dartford with Record Number of New Companies

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Dartford has seen a record number of new companies being formed in the first half of 2012, according to research by company formation agent Duport.co.uk.

Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, Dartford

Dartford has been through some tough times in recent years, but investment and development in the area are helping the town fulfil its potential once again.

Dartford: Kent town, Dartford has produced a record number of new companies during the first half of 2012. 447 companies were set up, beating any other half year on record for the area and smashing the previous year’s figure of 408 for the same period.

The location of Dartford is excellent for start-ups and growing businesses, with easy access to Europe through the Eurostar and outstanding links to London by road and rail. However, some of Dartford's most prominent industries suffered in the 20th century, causing redundancies and unemployment. Brewing, paper-making, flour milling and the manufacture of cement all either closed down completely or experienced rapid decline.

The decline of such important local industries led to the decline of the town centre, with a high number of low cost shops taking over empty premises. However, with a £94 million regeneration of the town centre in the pipeline, brighter times lie ahead for Dartford. A new community stadium and an award-winning riverside development at Ingress Park have already been developed to great success.    

Peter Valaitis, Managing Director of Duport.co.uk said:

“Dartford has been through some tough times in recent years, but investment and development in the area are helping the town fulfil its potential once again. New businesses are wise to set up here, and will benefit from excellent transport links and a redeveloped town centre.”

With a record number of new companies and a wide-ranging redevelopment project underway, the future of Dartford looks very hopeful indeed.

Duport Associates Ltd is a leading UK company formation agent, operating in the UK for around 15 years. Duport registers around 10,000 new companies each year using its Companies House approved software. The Company Register which is maintained by Companies House contains public information about Limited companies and directors.

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