The borough of Dartford in Kent is known as a top shopping destination, thanks to Bluewater shopping centre at Greenhithe. However, it’s also an ideal location for many other types of business because of the area’s superb transport links and nearness to London. Whether you are taking on retail premises and looking for shop fitting companies or need someone to carry out office refurbishments for your business, Thames Contracts are experts in both fields.
Thames Contracts has an excellent reputation for our shop fitting expertise. We work with high-end retailers in London and across the South East, including Kent, managing projects from the first point of contact through to completion. Our shop fitting service is made as easy as possible for our clients. We will visit your site, talk over your requirements, create a brief, and draw up a proposal with you. Once agreed, the design will be presented to you in the form of a 3D graphic, so you can visualise exactly what your new premises will look like.
After discussing our designs and graphics with you, we shall present a detailed budget and timescale. The next step is for our expert team to implement the project, and we take pride in the details to ensure you have an eye-catching premises that will draw customers in and smoothly through to the point of sale.
In addition to shop design and fitting, we also have 25 years’ experience in office refurbishments and fitouts. From space planning to managing and implementing refurbishment projects, we have worked on a wide range prestigious office design and fitouts in London and the South East.
Dartford in More Detail
Dartford is a medieval market town and borough with a river running through it; it borders Bexley in Greater London and Thurrock in Essex. It has a significant religious, cultural and industrial history – and is thought to be a key meeting area in the early stages of the Peasants Revolt. South-west of Dartford is the Heath, an area of outstanding natural beauty, which is popular for walking and cycling.
New shops and housing developments have sprung up in Dartford over the last ten years. A new business centre, The Base, managed by Basepoint Business Centres, was built on the former Unwins site, and various big name household brands including B&Q, plus outlet stores, have opened up in the town. The Bridge regeneration project is creating a new community including a science park, significant office space, a new shopping area and learning site, alongside 1,500 new homes. The Bridge is part of the Thames Gateway.
As well as Bluewater Shopping Centre, Dartford also has its own shops within the town which includes independent stores as well as well-known names such as Marks & Spencer and Boots the chemist. The Orchards on the High Street is another shopping centre with around 30 shops. It lies next to The Orchard Theatre, which hosts a series of performances throughout the year including comedies, plays, and music.
The area also has transport links, which is one of the main attractions for businesses and house hunters. Dartford offers fast rail links to London, as well as road links via the Dartford crossing, and the Eurostar runs from nearby Ebbsfleet.
Careers in and Around Dartford
Dartford’s population has grown by more than 10 per cent (higher than the national average) in the past ten years. There’s a significant number people in full-time employment, with most people being in managerial positions or professional occupations. As a result, Dartford’s residents receive higher than average wages.
Almost half of the residents in Dartford are employed in the service industries, but wholesale, retail and financial services are also important. Many residents commute into London, but there are also some major employers in the area. Bluewater shopping centre is the UK’s fourth largest shopping centre with 370 shops and restaurants over two floors. It is a major focus of employment, receiving 27 million visitors a year and employs 7,000 people. In addition to Bluewater there are also a number of business parks in the region, including Crossways, and there are several opportunities for business at The Bridge.
If you have a business based in this area of Kent, you can call on Thames Contracts to carry out high-end office refurbishments and fitouts as well as shop fitting. All companies receive the same expert service.
Shop Fitting Companies Dartford – Contact Thames Contracts for shop and office refurbishments in South East England.