Britain’s biggest bicycle manufacturer submits plans for £100 million new factory

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According to the company, the development will support Brompton in delivering 1.5°C aligned emission reduction targets as part of their Net Zero ambitions. Source: Brompton

Brompton, Britain’s biggest bicycle manufacturer, is set to invest £100 million building a new factory and global HQ in Ashford, Kent.

The huge investment will more than double the firm’s production capacity and by 2027 the company hopes to employ 1,500 people at the site and support thousands more local jobs.

They new factory will be constructed on a floodplain in Ashford, which the company says will be transformed into a nature reserve.

Ashford Borough Council has received the planning application from Brompton for the facility, representing an investment of about £100 million.

Cllr Gerry Clarkson, executive leader of Ashford Borough Council, said:

“This represents a once in a generation opportunity for the borough to develop a partnership with an internationally renowned cycling brand, that will bring jobs and opportunities to the town.

“The scheme will enable Ashford to fulfil a long-held ambition to create a wetland park that will enhance the environment and encourage more people to explore the area in a sustainable, eco-focused manner. Ashford has set the pace in Kent for inward investment and this new factory will bring many positive benefits and will put Ashford on the map as a cycling hub.”

A spokesperson for Brompton added:

“This is an exciting step towards creating our revolutionary new factory of the future in Ashford. We were pleased with the initial positive feedback from our public consultation events and look forward to seeing further feedback as this process unfolds.”

The factory will be constructed within a 100-acre floodplain, which will provide an opportunity to restore the wetland and promote walking and cycling for the local community.

The plans say the new development will support Brompton in delivering 1.5°C aligned emission reduction targets as part of their Net Zero ambitions.

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