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Meet our Sponsors and Partners

Four new sponsors have been secured to support Ashford Council’s headline programme of festivals throughout 2024. Bucksford Law Ltd, EKC Ashford College, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and You Fibre have all come on board as joint-presenting partners, helping to raise the profile of this year’s Food & Drink Festival (Summer), Create Music Village (Autumn), and Carnival of the Baubles (Winter).

The announcement comes as an impressive giant billboard has been unveiled in New Street offering maximum exposure to people travelling into Ashford, highlighting each month-long event with sponsor logos.

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Ashford Food & Drink Festival will take place throughout the whole of July, serving up a full menu of fun including wine pairing nights, comedy shows, weekend festivals, offers and competitions; Create Music Village takes over multiple venues in the town throughout October, bringing big names, great gigs, alongside the best new rising stars or music; and Carnival of the Baubles will return once again to light up Ashford Town Centre for its big festive celebration in November with its stunning night-time parade.

Kacy Ford, Partner Solicitor of Bucksford Law Ltd says: “As a business right in the centre of town, it is important to us that we are involved and help to support these wonderful events grow. We are excited by these festivals and we hope that our contribution will help spread the word and make sure as many people get to participate.”

Susan Bonett, Principal of EKC Ashford College says: "Sponsoring these events is part of our commitment and strong emphasis on developing skills working on live projects and productions. This year’s events will no doubt give our students genuine experience of showcasing their work to the public.”

Tudor Price, Chief Executive of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce says: “We know that a vibrant cultural scene helps to create a positive atmosphere and generates wider benefits and value for our business sector. We are proud to be involved and to help elevate the wide raging festival offers with our members.”

Ryan Battle, Managing Director of You Fibre says: “We are delighted to be able to support such fantastic events at the time when we are rolling out full fibre in the area. As a company, we are committed to supporting and connecting local communities and these festivals are perfect examples of how to bring people together.”

Cllr Heather Hayward, Portfolio Holder for Performance and Direction at Ashford Borough Council says: “We are very grateful to our sponsors for believing in our wonderful events programme, and helping us to promote them - making sure as many people as possible know what activities are on offer. This sponsorship allows us to secure the largest billboard in Ashford for 7 months, and helps to pay for advertising in more local magazines, newspapers and on the radio.

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