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MAY 2015

Announcement from the West Kent Chamber of Commerce.

The Board are delighted to announce that Dame Kelly Holmes has agreed to become Patron of West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dame Kelly follows in the footsteps of Lord Patrick Mayhew who has been the Patron for many years. 

We are extremely appreciative of the support Lord Mayhew has given to the Chamber over the years and we know that Dame Kelly will be an excellent successor. 

Dame Kelly recently opened Café 1809 in Hildenborough which is proving extremely popular with both residents and businesses in the area.

 

 

Patron 

 

 

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Press release from the Kent Digital Awards:

An organisation which has been at the heart of business for more than 150 years has given its backing to the Kent Digital Awards.

West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WKCCI), which was founded in 1858 as a "Tradesmens Association", has signed up to become “Key Supporter” for the inaugural competition, which is also backed by the Kent & Sussex Courier.

WKCCI is based in Tonbridge and is the leading support organisation for business in the area bounded by Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Westerham, Tonbridge, Hadlow, Paddock Wood, Cranbrook, Staplehurst, Hawkhurst, Tunbridge Wells.

Chief Executive at WKCCI, Jackie Matthias, revealed she is “extremely pleased” to get behind the KDAs, which is the first and only awards scheme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across the county.

She added: “Through a number of guises we have been supporting businesses in the west of the county for the past 157 years, but that doesn't preclude us from acting very much in the here and now".

"We live in a digital world and backing the Kent Digital Awards is a sign of our commitment to embracing the modern marketplace”.

"We are very proud of our county and expect the standard of entries for the Awards to be extremely high".

The Independent KDA judging panel will reward businesses, schools and charities who are demonstrating outstanding work online and not necessarily because they have the greatest resources at their disposal.

Andy Pritchard from Premio64, the organisation behind the awards, believes the alliance with West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry gives the KDA a "significant" footprint within the county's business community.

He added: “We are thrilled to receive backing from such a highly respected organisation and look forward to working hand-in-hand on a mission to drive the county's digital business forward".

The KDA categories including “Website”, “Mobile App”, “Responsive Website”, “Online Marketing Campaign”, “School, Education or Charity Website”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Use of Video for Business”, “Online Business”, “Blog” and “Small Business Website”.

The Winners’ Evening will take place at the Village Urban Resort, Maidstone, on June 18, 2015.
For further information please visit KDA website http://kentdigiawards.co.uk/

FEBRUARY 2015

Callng all film buffs! Burrswood is hosting a Charity Film Gala Night of Les Miserables on the 19th February at 7pm at The Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. This promises to be a fabulous black tie event with a glass of Prosecco and canapes on arrival and as a special offer to Chamber members you can secure two tickets for the price of one, £10 per ticket rather than £20. This offer is limited to four tickets per person. To book tickets please call Burrswood on Tel. No. 01892 865985 or contact fundraising@burrswood.org.uk For further information please click here.

Callng all film buffs! Burrswood is hosting a Charity Film Gala Night of Les Miserables on the 19th February at 7pm at The Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. This promises to be a fabulous black tie event with a glass of Prosecco and canapes on arrival and as a special offer to Chamber members you can secure two tickets for the price of one, £10 per ticket rather than £20. This offer is limited to four tickets per person. To book tickets please call Burrswood on Tel. No. 01892 865985 or contact fundraising@burrswood.org.uk For further information please click here.

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Berry & Lamberts Solicitors are once again holding an Employment Seminar on the 12th March at the Trinity Theatre, Church Road in Tunbridge Wells. This event will give an insight into current issues in Employment Law and cover subjects such as: Shared Parental Leave, Zero hour contracts and Managing long term sickness. This is a free event and will start at 7.30am and finish around 8.30am and hot drinks and pastries will be provided. Should you wish to book onto this event please RSVP to Lucy Moores at lmoores@the-solicitors.co.uk   

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JANUARY 2015

St. Georges Community Children's Project, which is a charity offering affordable and accessible quality childcare in Tunbridge Wells, is holding  their Charity Golf Day at Royal Ashdown Forest Old Course on Friday 8th May 2015. To include bacon rolls and coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf and a 2 course lunch plus there will be prizes to be won and an auction on the day. Should you wish to support St. George's you can enter a team of 4 and the price is £120 per person. To book onto this event please e-mail Kelly on kelly@stgeorgesproject.org or call her on Tel. No. 01892 543982. For further information please click here and here

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The Bridge Trust, which is a local charity supporting single homeless people in West Kent, is holding a Quiz Night at The Primrose Inn, Tonbridge on Saturday 7th February at 7.30pm. If you wish to support The Bridge Trust you can purchase tickets from them on Tel. No. 01732 368363 or from The Primrose Inn on Tel. No. 01732 358699 and the cost is £5 per person. For further information please click here

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Our new member BSK CiC has a special offer available to our members please read on to discover what BSK CiC can do for your business.

Do you have ambitious plans for 2015?  Have you spent Christmas dreaming about expanding premises, employing new staff or plotting how to land that big client? In 2014, GrowthAccelerator, part of Business Growth Services from the UK Government, helped over 130 Kent businesses make their dreams come true.   GrowthAccelerator helps you identify where your business needs the most support to get to the next level.  And it gives you access to a wide support network and expert coaches whose skills are matched to your needs at heavily subsidised rates. During January 2015, BSK are offering all West Kent Chamber of Commerce members a 10% saving on the usual fee for this service.   To find out more about GrowthAccelerator and this offer, follow this link to www.bsk-cic.co.uk/ga10 and quote our unique code WES10 

Growing a business is hard work so having someone there beside you, helping you, means you are much more likely to make those dreams a reality.

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Do you have ambitious plans for 2015?  Have you spent Christmas dreaming about expanding premises, employing new staff or plotting how to land that big client? In 2014, GrowthAccelerator, part of Business Growth Services from the UK Government, helped over 130 Kent businesses make their dreams come true.   GrowthAccelerator helps you identify where your business needs the most support to get to the next level.  And it gives you access to a wide support network and expert coaches whose skills are matched to your needs at heavily subsidised rates. During January 2015, BSK are offering all West Kent Chamber of Commerce members a 10% saving on the usual fee for this service.   To find out more about GrowthAccelerator and this offer, follow this link to www.bsk-cic.co.uk/ga10 and quote our unique code WES10 

Growing a business is hard work so having someone there beside you, helping you, means you are much more likely to make those dreams a reality.

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