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Wednesday, 23rd April 2014
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APRIL 2014

For all our budding Jamie's, Delia's & Nigella's out there why not dust off your pinny and get involved in 'Weald's biggest bake off'. This week long event will take place from the 19th May until the 25th May this year and promises to be a fun event for all the family. For further information please click here or telephone Sara or Maddy at Hospice in the Weald on 01892 820586 or visit their website www.wealdsbiggestbakeoff.org.uk


Our member Bowles outdoor centre is celebrating their 50th Birthday on the 9th June 2014. This fabulous facility, just outside Tunbridge Wells, is hosting a party to celebrate and is aiming to raise £50,000 in order for disadvantaged and young people to experience these wonderful facilities. Bowles has a whole range of activities on offer ranging from climbing on sandstone rocks, jacobs ladder, leap of faith, zip wires to skiing on their outdoor artificial slopes. Bowles is hoping that the local community will get behind their fundraising efforts and perhaps purchase one, or more!, of their commemorative T-shirts which are priced at a very reasonable £5. For more information please click here and to download an order form please click here. For Further information on the Bowles outdoor centre please visit their website www.bowles.ac

MARCH 2014

We would like to advise our members that there are two grants available to SME's, employing less that 250 employees, based in the South of England. The first is for Low Carbon Workspaces and  this is a match funded grant worth up to £5,000 helping to finance energy efficiency solutions and thereby reducing consumption, bills and carbon emissions. The second is for Eco Innovation and this is a grant of up to £3,000 to help businesses who already have an environmentally friendly product or service and need help getting it too market.

For further information please visit website www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk and www.grantsforecoinnovation.co.uk 

These grants have been funded by the European Regional  DevelopmentFund (ERDF)


West Kent Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that Darren Austin of Synergee Ltd has agreed to be our President for 2014. We look forward to working with Darren throughout the year and for further details of this appointment please click here.


Other news from the West Kent Chamber is that our chosen charity for 2014 is ChYps Childrens Hospice. A fabulous charity that is well known to us and our members and we look forward to supporting the amazing work that they do within our community. For further information please visit their website www.chyps.org

Our former president, Victoria Sampson a partner at CooperBurnett solicitors, is delighted that WKCCI has chosen chYps Childrens Hospice as their charity for 2014. Victoria is now an ambassador for chYps and for further information on her thoughts on this topic please click here


Kent County Council in partnership with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is hosting a business breakfast 'Grow your business - hire an apprentice' on Friday 6th December 2013. This is aimed at all businesses in and around the Tunbridge Wells area. This will take place at the Town Hall in Tunbridge Wells from 8.30am until 10.30am and free parking is available. To book your place please e-mail daniel.ratcliff@kent.gov.uk or call 01622 694698.



Loch Associates Employment Lawyers, in association with the West Kent Chamber, are hosting a joint interactive HR Forum with Select Appointments on the 14th November 2013. This event will held at Loch Associates offices at Oxford House, 15-17 Mount Ephraim Road, Tunbridge Wells from 7.45am until 9am. To reserve a place e-mail rsvp@lochassociates.co.uk or for further information please click here.

Warners Solicitors have released two press releases firstly where they announce that Kevin Sullivan, Jane Bohill & Matt Sabine have been promoted to Partners. For more information on this please click here. Secondly where they announce that Stuart Price has been elected to the position of President of the West Kent & Weald Junior Lawyers Division. For more information please click here.

Our member Keene Marsland Solicitors in Tunbridge Wells has announced that they have become part of Parfitt Cresswell Solicitors from the 1st October. For more information on this announcement Please click here


Some of our members maybe aware that Katie King of Zoodikers kindly visited our office earlier this year to teach us the importance of engaging in Social Media. So now our members can also benefit from Zoodikers vast experience in this domain. Zoodikers are hosting a SEO & Social Media training course on Thursday 3rd October in Tunbridge Wells and are offering our members a generous 25% discount on this event. For more information regarding this event please visit   http://www.zoodikers.com/training/33/  In order to receive this discount please quote 'West Kent Business' at time of booking.

JUNE 2013

Our member Halliwell Care Home based in Tunbridge Wells is holding an open day on the 21st June from 10am until 3pm. Why not come along and see their fabulous facilities and also have the opportunity to speak to an array of professionals regarding care for the elderly and funding. Please click here for more information.

MAY 2013

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Love Where We Live Awards for 2013 are open for nominations. These awards celebrate and reward individuals, organisations and groups in the Tunbridge Wells borough who are committed to benefitting their community and/or environment. For more information please visit www.LoveWhereWeLive.co.uk Winners we be announced during an awards ceremony on the 2nd October 2013 at the Assembly Hall Theatre.

Our member The Marketing Eye has recently opened a new office in Cheltenham. Headed up by Samantha Smith the new regional base will serve the South West and the Midlands region. For further details please click here

West Kent Chamber of Commerce has several charities as our members and details of their main events will be available on our website each month.

The Horder Centre in Crowborough is holding a free 'look after your joints' event on the 11th June. For more information please click here.

ChYps is holding an 80's night at The Spa Hotel on the 28th June. For more information please click here or visit their website http://www.chyps.org/howYouCanHelp/events/eventDetails.asp?iuid=16463184

Hospice in the Weald has many events organised throughout the year. To view their diary please click here or visit their website http://www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk/Fundraising/Events-Diary

APRIL 2013  

PRESS RELEASE: We are delighted to inform our members that Jonathan Smithers of CooperBurnett has been elected the Deputy Vice President of the national Law Society.I am sure that our members will want to wish him well in his new post and for his future appointment as President of the Law Society from July 2015.


West Kent Chamber of Commerce has several charities as our members and details of their main events will be available on our website each month.

The Horder Centre in Crowborough is holding a free 'looking after your joints' event on the 30th April. For more information please click here.

The Tree of Hope is holding an event at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on the 16th May where harpist, singer and jazz musician Magdalena Reising (www.magdalenareising.com) will give a 1-1.5 hour recital. Tickets are priced at £10 per person, £5 for concessions. For more information please click here. To obtain tickets please contact Tree of Hope www.treeofhope.org.uk or call 01892 535525.

MARCH 2013  

A faster broadband service is on its way to Kent and Medway!

Kent County Council has announced that they have recently signed a contract with BT to build this network. This will mean that at least 95% of all properties in Kent will have access to higher-speed fibre broadband by the end of 2015. With every property in the project area having access to a broadband service of at least 2mbps and a minimum of 91% of premises will get superfast broadband of at least 24mbps. For more information please click here


The 30th Lifestyle Renault Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon is on Sunday 24th February this year and The Mayoress, Mrs Rebecca Smith, has kindly agreed to taking part. You will be able to spot her donning a green tutu and waving pom poms! The Mayoress will be raising money for her chosen charity, Hospice in the Weald, www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk

The Tunbridge Wells Marathon is one of the most popular in the South of England attracting 2,800 entrants and sells out well before the event (by January 5th this year).  Famed for the scenic and challenging route (the 300 foot ascent of Spring Hill at Fordcombe is to be mentioned), meticulous organisation, value for money and friendly marshals, it was voted the 'Most Improved Race in the UK' in 2009 and was voted the No.2 Half Marathon in the UK in 2011 by “Runner's World” readers. It is one of the biggest events in the UK organised by a running club and Tunbridge Wells Harriers are very proud to have hosted the event for 30 years. Over the last 4 years the race has also donated over £65,000 to charity and some worthy local causes directly from race profits.

Supporting the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, Race Ambassador Richard Whitehead will be there to start the 2013 race.


Skinners' Kent Academy does Dragon's Den! On the 7th March SKA's year 7 students will be given a taste of the business world in order to stretch their abilities as much as possible. Should any of our members wish to volunteer at this event then please contact Richard Powell, Vice Principal Business & Projects, The Skiners' Kent Academy on telephone no. 01892 556821/01892 534377. For further information please click here


Some of our long standing members will remember Alison Morton who moved to France a couple of years ago. Well Alison has been busy whilst in France and we are delighted to announce that she has written her first novel. INCEPTIO is being launched on the 12th March at Waterstones in Tunbridge Wells. Should any of our members which to attend this event please click here for further details.