“The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh.”

Romney Marsh Partnership

The Romney Marsh Partnership (RMP) was established in 2012 to lead the delivery of the Romney Marsh Socio-Economic Plan: an economic strategy targeted at mitigating the negative consequences of decommissioning at Dungeness A nuclear power station. The RMP aims to secure a stronger economic future for the Romney Marsh area and the people who live and work there. The Romney Marsh area covered by the RMP is mostly rural and administered by three local authority districts: Shepway, Ashford and Rother.  

The RMP currently comprises of representatives from each of the three local authorities of Shepway, Ashford and Rother, Kent and East Sussex County Councils, Magnox Ltd, EDF Energy ltd, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Dungeness Site Stakeholders Group, Marsh Academy, Romney Resource Centre, Rye Partnership, London Ashford Airport(Lydd), Bretts Group, Action with Communities in Rural Kent and Chambers of Commerce.

Romney Marsh is at a very interesting and challenging time in its history. The decommissioning of Dungeness A and B power stations will create significant local economic and social challenges. At the same time Romney Marsh is unique, with its interesting and atmospheric landscape, as well as being a place people are proud to be associated with. There is an active and enterprising population here who are eager to get involved in improving the area. The Romney Marsh Partnership aims to address future challenges and capitalise upon the opportunities so that Romney Marsh becomes an even better place to live, work and visit.

It will do this in four ways:

  • by highlighting some of the area’s significant economic and social challenges
  • by bringing people together and making the most of the excellent projects already being delivered on Romney Marsh
  • by involving local people and giving them more of a stake in their local community and local economy
  • by providing a framework and a strategy to bring new funding into the area through new projects and new approaches

For more information, please contact the Romney Marsh Partnership Co-Ordinator, Tess Leutchford.
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pdf Icon  Romney Marsh Socio-Economic Plan - Extract on Tourism 

Romney Marsh Visitor Brand

The Romney Marsh Partnership (RMP) is tasked in Romney Marsh Socio-Economic Plan to develop a Romney Marsh Visitor Brand to promote Romney Marsh as a single visitor destination. 

Why Do We Need a Romney Marsh Brand?

The RMP has developed a barnd toolkit for the Romney Marsh tourism industry (and supporting stakeholders) to help provide ideas for their bespoke marketing campaigns. Romney Marsh tourism businesses are already involved in a Destination Maanagement Plan that is encouraging consistency of messages across all visitor touch points. It is believe that co-ordinated repetition of these core messages will help promote a positive, credible image for Romney Marsh and differentiate us from our competitor destinations and increase a greater awareness and so lead to more visitors.

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How To Use The Romney Marsh Brand?

Marsh Million - Marsh Business Boost Loan Scheme

Are you a  small business on the Romney Marsh that needs a loan to help expand? Do you have a business idea to help create employment on the Marsh? The Marsh Business Boost may be able to help you.

The scheme helps businesses increase production and safeguard or create jobs by investing in:-

  • plant machinery
  • buildings
  • equipment

Funded by Magnox, Kent County Council, Shepway District and Ashford Borough Councils, the Marsh Business Boost offers interest-free loans of between £2,500 and £50,000, repayable over 5 years.

Some 20 local businesses have already received loans, but funds are still available, and help is available if you would like to apply.

For more information about the scheme please visit the Marsh Million Loan website or Email Icon email

Shepway Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020

This Strategy launched in April 2015 sets out Shepway District Council's ambitions for economic growth in Shepway over the next five years. It shows how they and their partners will deliver the Council’s Corporate Plan vision of Shepway being “Prosperous and Ambitious – Working for more jobs and homes in an attractive district”. The key priority is to “Boost the local economy and increase job opportunities” through four priorities for action:

  • building on our current and emerging economic strengths
  • boosting productivity and supporting business growth
  • promoting further investment by maximising the value of our assets and stimulating confidence
  • improving education and skills

The Strategy focuses on those things with the greatest transformational impact, including the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors on Romney Marsh.
Read the full report Pdf icon Shepway Economic Development Strategy 2015- 2020

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