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Making a Thoroughly Modern Maidstone

On Thursday 20 June, Gullands Solicitors hosted the "Thoroughly Modern Maidstone" Breakfast Seminar, at Maidstone United Football Club’s
new Gallagher Stadium.

Over 40 representatives from the local business community gathered to share ideas and discuss the rejuvenation and future of Maidstone. The event, chaired by Gullands’ Chairman Blair Gulland, included speakers from both the public and private sector who provided an insight into the successful investments and projects that are continuing to transform Maidstone.

Blair Gulland, said: "The economic picture in and around Maidstone is looking more positive for the business community. This event highlighted the opportunities that further development in the town by both the public and private sector will provide."

From the private sector, Oliver Ash, owner of Maidstone United, highlighted how the new stadium has helped not only to bring joy to the town, but also prosperity and increased trade for local businesses. A client of the firm, Maidstone United has provided nearly 100 full and part time jobs, and new business for the town’s shops and pubs on match days. Discussion of exciting long-term development and aspirations to increase the stadium capacity to 6,000 suggest that there is plenty of opportunity ahead for the club and its 70 business partners.

From the public sector, John Foster, Maidstone Borough Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration Manager, highlighted the range of projects and public investments currently underway. These included the Maidstone Town Team, which has £40,000 to put towards the regeneration of the town, which will provide great future prospects for local businesses.

Afterwards, a tour of the spectacular football stadium was provided and Gullands experts were on hand to answer any corporate, commercial, construction or employment questions. All attending had a terrific morning and further events on this theme will follow.

Blair Gulland can be reached at