Wednesday, 27 January 2010
07:30 - 09:30am the Marquis at Alkham.
At our Networking Breakfast next month Roger Knight from Vital Software will be presenting a new, exciting web-based Customer Management Relationship system that Channel Chamber is using to manage all communications with businesses across East Kent. Details of an exclusive member offer, including a no obligation 7 day trial of the software will be provided.
If you would like see just how useful this system can be to your business. join us on the 11th Feb and find out how you can save money and maximise your marketing solutions.
To secure your place, call Tracy Reynolds on 01303 270022
Full details of the product are also provided on the Channel Chamber website at www.channelchamber.co.uk
Shepway Careers Fair – Friday 5th Feb @Leas Cliff Hall
Channel Chamber is delighted to have been invited to take part in this year’s Careers Fair which takes place next Friday at the Leas Cliff Hall. The organisers Shepway Secondary Learning Partnership been successful in getting Jonathan Shaw (Minister for the South East) to open the proceedings and we understand that the response from local companies has been overwhelming with over 60 taking part and 1,400 secondary school students attending.
This is the second annual Careers Fair taking place in Folkestone and its aims are to encourage students to make more informed decisions about their career choices.It’s also an ideal opportunity for local employers and post-16 training providers to provide information regarding their organizations and the jobs on offer locally.
Chamber members are most welcome to pop in any time between 3pm and 6pm or you can obtain further information in advance from email@example.com
Kent Chamber of Commerce Directory 2010/11 Edition
Don’t miss this red hot opportunity to showcase your business in the best local business to business directory around !
Advertising sales open for business from 1st February to the 5th March and you will shortly be invited by Kemps Publishing to promote yourself to the Kent Chamber network of over 2,500 local businesses.
Free Fraud Clinics – 4th & 23rd February
Richard Heasman, Forensic partner at award winning accountancy firm Reeves & Neylan, has partnered with Fraud Consultant Darren Jones to run two local clinics aimed at assisting companies who have been exposed to fraudulent activity.
Initial free one-to-one sessions are being held at Reeves & Neylan’s Cantebury Offices on 4th and 23rd February. For more information, or to book your place please contact Darren Jones on 01843 600960 or email: Darren.firstname.lastname@example.org
Problems in Accessing Bank Finance?
Along with other business support partners in Kent we are trying to gauge the level of interest in an event that addresses the problems that businesses have been facing in accessing bank finance
If any chamber member has been facing this challenge and is prepared to discuss these issues at such a forum, please register your interest by emailing
email@example.com by 5th February.
There is a genuine desire amongst these business support partners to see whether there is anything we can do with our banking partners that will make it easier for Kent businesses to access finance, but we need to understand the issues more clearly.
Opportunity to Join the SEEDA Board
The Board of South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) will shortly be recruiting two new members and we have been asked to bring this to the attention of businesses in East Kent.
These two business spaces will be advertised on www.rdaboardappointments.com on the 7th February and if anyone is interested in obtaining further details please contact the recruitment search consultants, Gatenby Sanderson in the first instance.
BCC Annual Conference – Thursday 18th March
This year’s BCC Annual Conference, “Preparing for Change”, will be a departure from the usual format. This will be the last premier-league business conference before the general election – and that means Chambers of Commerce have a unique opportunity to get our policies across to the top levels of all three main political parties. So this year, our audience of policy makers and opinion formers will be by invitation only, and our speakers will include star movers and shakers like Lord Mandelson, the Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP, FTSE 100 chief executives, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, and the always-colourful Lord Sugar.
The other big change this year will be the launch of BCC TV - our new web video coverage of the proceedings, live and direct from the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) in central London. Thanks to BCC TV, Chamber members will have a new way to access the conference – without the high costs of travel and accommodation at a time when businesses are working hard to get the economy going again. This year’s full proceedings will be available to all Chamber members throughout the UK and throughout the world for just £30. For more details please check out the dedicated website: http://www.bcc-preparingforchange.co.uk/
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Gateway Get-Together -Monday 25 January
This free evening event designed for local start-up businesses is organised by Business Link in partnership with Channel Chamber of Commerce, SEEDA Coaching and Counterpoint Networking.
Taking place at Channel Chamber's meeting rooms, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, food and refreshments are being served along with two 25 minute workshops:
7.00pm - Insurance for Start-Up Businesses
7.45pm - 7 Simple Steps to Great Local Online Marketing
No need to book, just turn up and enjoy a bit of informal networking! For further information: Call: 0845 600 9 006 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Learning & Development Open Day - 10th February
The University of Kent is staging this Free networking session entitled 'Strengthen Your Business' the University's Canterbury campus on Wednesday, 10th February and cheese and wine will be served from 17.30 to 19.30.
During the evening, a series of short presentations will demonstrate how companies can work in close partnership with the University, and tap into its extensive commercial knowledge and resources. For more details or to book, please see the attached form, call us on 01227 827376
Early Warning of Tenders
We are delighted to give members an early warning of tenders that Kent County Council will shortly be inviting on behalf of public bodies across the south of England
For further details of these tenders please contact Kevin Harlock, Director of Commercial Services, Kent County Council Commercial Services on Tel: 01622 605352
Regional Airports are Good News of Local Economies
Developing regional airports helps to stimulate economies, creates jobs and boosts the living standards of local communities. That's the conclusion of new research into the valuable contribution of aviation to the UK economy produced by the Airport Operators Association.
As the general election approaches the aviation debate will intensify and the report contributes to that debate by assessing the industry's economic role, both directly and as a catalyst for the wider economy in terms of wealth creation and employment.
The report maintains that as a regional airport grows, it has positive impacts on the surrounding area in terms of connectivity, trade and investment. For more information about the AOA report, visit http://www.aoa.org.uk/
Direct Flights from Lydd to Jersey
Operated by CityJet, using a 50 seat Fokker aircraft, this new service will run from Lydd every Saturday between July 10th & September 11th this year. And to celebrate the launch of the new service, Lydd Airport is also providing free car parking for all those travelling on the Jersey flight in 2010.
With its easy access and fast, hassle-free check-in service, Lydd Airport offers a relaxed and friendly alternative to Gatwick for those who want to explore Jersey. This beautiful island has a wealth of attractions, from adventure parks and castles to superb shops, markets, cafes and restaurants.
Holidays and flights for both services can be booked through local travel agents, online at www.discoverjersey.com/lya or by telephone on 0844 415 6653.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Jonathan tells the Chamber “There has been a tremendous amount of misinformation spread about the environmental issues here and I would urge anyone who has not visited the airport to come along and find out for themselves just what our investment proposals involve. By doing so they will see that our development plans are right for this airport and right for the people of Shepway.”
Channel Chamber is now inviting members and other local business people to the Airport Terminal - 3.30pm on Thursday 18th February when they will make a short inspection tour of the 'pebbled' area that appears to be the main stumbling block to both the Airport's expansion and the building of the new Nuclear Power Station.
The group will return to the Terminal within the hour for some refreshments and a short presentation from Jonathan Gordon. .
Phil Carter, chairman of the Shepway Economic Regeneration Partnership (SERP) forthrightly sums the situation up as a
“Its time to chose: The Pebbles and the leaches/newts OR the People and the jobs/economy/regeneration. If the small number of objectors to the airport, and possible power station plans, have their way on behalf of the pebbles and newts, I hope they can face the youngsters leaving local schools, and explain why there are no jobs or prospects enabling them to stay living on Romney Marsh".
Businesses wishing to attend should contact Peter Hobbs,CEO at Channel Chamber on 01303 270022.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
BOOK NOW to secure your place at this popular new-style networking event - designed to help local businesses beat the recession blues ! At just £20 it’s a fantastic bargain and will help kick-start your marketing and sales efforts for the year ahead.
For further details and booking, please contact Tracy Reynolds on 01303 270022 or email email@example.com
Lydd Airport – What’s the Problem?
We have received an invitation from Lydd Airport managing director Jonathan Gordon to visit the site on the afternoon of their next Open evening – Thursday 18th February, specifically to give local businesses the opportunity to get a first-hand view of the environmental issues facing the airport’s planning application.
Jonathan tells us “There has been a tremendous amount of misinformation spread about the environmental issues here and I would urge anyone who has not visited the airport to come along and find out for themselves just what our investment proposals involve. By doing so they will see that our development plans are right for this airport and right for the people of Shepway.”
Channel Chamber will shortly be sending out invitations to all members who have already expressed an interest in the Airport’s development plans but if any other business wish to join us for a short visit starting at 3.30pm please contact Peter Hobbs on 01303 270022 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good For Business Breakfast – Monday 1st February
KATO are organising this business breakfast seminar event aimed at employers with the potential to employ new apprentices or convert existing staff. Taking place on Monday 1st February between 7.45am and 10am at Oakwood House, Oakwood Oark, Maidstone. Register online at : http://www.kato-training.com/event.php
Open Day - Burlington Hotel – Thursday 4th February
Fellow Chamber members are cordially invited to the Burlington Hotel, Folkestone for their 2010 open day - an afternoon of networking together with a cup of tea and some nibbles (4pm – 9pm). Visitors will also be encouraged to inspect the Hotel’s conference, restaurant and bedroom facilities.
Ample on and off site free parking is available and, as an incentive all attendees are being offered a generous 10% discount on their first conference booking.
To confirm your attendance email: email@example.com
Exclusive CRM System
In partnership with Vital Software Limited, Channel Chamber is delighted to offer businesses across East Kent ContactTracker - a powerful and cost-effective Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system from only £149.99 per licence.
ContactTracker is now in use by Channel Chamber as our preferred system, and we are one of many organisations that are using this system to improve sales and marketing efforts, and enhance customer satisfaction and communication.
· Easy-to-use interface requiring minimal training
· Web-based service, with no installation required
· Effectively manage your customer relationships
· Identify and convert sales opportunities
· Closely monitor business activities, sales pipelines, and forecasts
· Improve and track the success of direct marketing campaigns
· Easily manage targeted bulk mailings, bulk emails and SMS
· Totally secure - your data is backed-up and protected
To find out more join us at the THANET EXHIBIZ on Tuesday 26th January at G Casino, Broadstairs when Roger Knight, Vital Software will tell you all about our exclusive, no obligation 7-day trial.