A REPORT into rural businesses has highlighted Ashbourne’s Airfield Industrial Estate as an example of industrial businesses growing while retail businesses are struggling.
Ashbourne Trader’s Group was founded last year in a bid to help retailers in the town centre work together to increase footfall and try to attract shoppers and tourists into the town
But, while concerns over the town centre have grown, the Airfield Industrial Estate has continued to thrive throughout the recession.
Andrew Gilbert lives in the Ashbourne area and works for Indis Property Marketing which is based in Nottingham.
Last year, Indis undertook research into industrial estates to see how businesses were coping during the recession.
In the report, analysts said: “A classic example of a thriving rural industrial estate is the Airfield Industrial Estate, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
“Around 71 businesses operate from the estate in a wide range of sectors.
“Anchors on the estate include international manufacturers many allied to food production and agriculture.
“In common with many other rural estates, growth areas have been environmental services and recycling.
“The transport sector is a major employer on the Ashbourne Airfield Industrial Estate. Our research suggests that more than 350 large goods vehicles with 330 trailers and in excess of 30 buses and coaches operate from the Airfield Industrial Estate.
“Several of the countries largest haulage companies have depots on the Airfield Industrial Estate.
“These generate significant employment for HGV drivers, mechanics, suppliers of parts, tyres and breakdown recovery services.”
The report also cites the motor trade and veterinary centres as growing employers in rural towns with industrial estates.