About

Wye Business Association was established in 1995 to bolster the businesses in Wye which were suffering from the decline in the rural economy largely due to the onslaught of out-of-town supermarkets the first to appear close to our Village being Tesco’s.

Since then, Sainsbury’s, Liddle’s, Waitrose, John Lewis and others have followed all in the Ashford area.

Shopping on line has also become something that affects us.

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Wye like many other villages had suffered from the trend of one stop shopping at the big multiple stores. It was time to act! We first met at the local tea rooms (Now a very pleasant Chinese Restaurant). Over many months of discussion out of concern, the Shop Keepers and Businesses formed The Wye Business Association. We agreed on three aims, supported by the Parish Council:
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  1. Promote the shops and businesses
  2. Increase community spirit
  3. Raise the profile of Wye

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We enlisted the help of Kent Rural Community Council to get underway. Later on we were successful in arranging improved road signs on the A28 to highlight to motorists that there are many services available in the village.
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For the last twenty years we have held a Christmas Street Party pulling together the various clubs and associations of our village to provide a very enjoyable evening for all and at the same time raising money to purchase Christmas lights for our village and for our community.  ..

Over the years we realised that there were people working from home that others may not know about. After a recruitment drive we now have a membership of fifty six with not only shops but a range of businesses.  It’s all about pulling our resources together and fighting back.
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Tourism is hot on our agenda as we have one bed and breakfast, a self contained forge, four pubs, and four restaurants. There is also accommodation at some of these. We have been working closely with Ashford Borough Council’s Tourist Department and have connected our web site to theirs (with the help of one of our local website designers!) It’s all about helping each other and linking up. We have  formed a tourist information point at 141 Bridge Street, Wye (tel: 01233 812671). This is being well used.
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The current Committee:

  • Ann Sutherland – Chairman
  • Ian Cooling – Secretary
  • Angela Walker – Treasurer

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We are always keen to welcome new members from any sized organisation. The greater our number, the stronger our collective voice when we need to lobby or speak out on a contentious issue. The more members from different businesses and trades, the more experience we have as a group and the better informed we are.
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In joining together, our actions remind our community what an important part of our village fabric we are. Although we cannot turn the clock back, we hope that by forming our Business Association and being active we have gained loyalty and support from our village.

Wye Business Association was established in 1996 to bolster the businesses in Wye which were suffering from the decline in the rural economy largely due to the onslaught of out-of-town supermarkets. We enlisted the help of Kent Rural Community Council to get underway. We have recently been successful in arranging improved road signs on the A28 to highlight to motorists that there are many services available in the village.

Our three aims are to:

  1. Promote the shops and businesses
  2. Increase community spirit
  3. Raise the profile of Wye

The Wye Business Association meets monthly in the early evening at the Devil’s Kneading Trough restaurant. We discuss topical issues relating to the business community and plan promotional projects. We also organise fundraising events which serve to raise awareness of the village and of the businesses. You will find more details on the Events page. The Committee is decided at the AGM in the Spring.

The current Committee

Ann Sutherland

Chairman

John Claydon

Vice-Chair

Ann Sutherland (Acting)

Secretary

Angela Walker

Treasurer

We are always keen to welcome new members from any sized organisation. The greater our number, the stronger our collective voice when we need to lobby or speak out on a contentious issue. The more members from different businesses and trades, the more experience we have as a group and the better informed we are.

Find out how to join the Wye Business Association.