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Business growth in Shepway

We have a clear ambition to grow the local economy. We want to support existing businesses to grow and attract new inward investment into the district

Attracting investment with Folkestone.works

Folkestone.works provides information about the district to inward investors and local businesses.

You can also email economy@shepway.gov.uk if you have any questions or require any information.

Economic Development Strategy

Our Economic Development Strategy to 2020 identifies four priorities for action:

  1. building on our current and emerging economic strengths
  2. boosting productivity and supporting business growth
  3. promoting further investment  by maximising the value of our assets and stimulating confidence
  4. improving education and skills

pdf icon Shepway Economic Development Strategy 2015-2020 [2Mb]

You can download pdf icon Shepway in context [2Mb] which is the analysis and evidence base for the economic development strategy.

Delivering the strategy

To deliver this strategy, we've introduced a number of initiatives to support business, including our Start-up and Existing Business Support Programme.

Folkestone.works: Start-up

Get involved

If you would like to join or find out more about our business forum in Shepway - the Shepway Business Advisory Board - please contact our Head of Economic Development, Katharine Harvey, on 01303 853287 or Katharine.harvey@shepway.gov.uk