Tuesday, 2 March 2010


BREAKING NEWS - Michael Howard supports Lydd Airport's Planning Application

Earlier today Michael Howard announced his support for Lydd Airport's planning applications having successfully negotiated two exciting property protection schemes on behalf of local residents. The first scheme will offer protection, outside of any statutory obligations, to people who fear for the value of their properties as a result of the airport development. A new noise protection scheme will also offer local assistance with secondary glazing and/or double glazing.

The scene is now set for a momentous decision by Shepway District Councillors this Wednesday evening when they meet to determine the future of Lydd Airport and their £25 million expansion plans

Graduate Internship Scheme
Channel Chamber can testify to the success of the on-going ‘Business First’ graduate placement project from the two excellent young men we are currently employing as project managers. Chamber members will therefore be delighted to learn that more funding has now been secured by Canterbury Christ Church for a new Graduate Internship Scheme designed to support small businesses in this area..

To find out more about the Business First project and the Graduate Internship Scheme and how you can benefit from them, please contact Samia Abdiche on 01227 782093 or sam.abdiche@canterbury.ac.uk

Graduate Start-up businesses
For graduate entrepreneurs who want to start up their own businesses, Basepoint – operators of the Folkestone Enterprise Centre, on Shearway Business Park is offering six months’ FREE office rental to all graduates. Basepoint provide easy in, easy out agreements and have the latest technology and friendly staff to get you really rolling.

If you know of any graduates who may be interested please ask them to contact Lorraine Grover on 01303 298298

REMINDER - Take part in the UK’s Most Important Business Survey
Your responses to this quarter’s Quarterly Economic Survey will be crucial to shaping business policy during a hard-fought election campaign. We can’t win real policy changes without your responses we can’t win real policy changes – so we’d greatly appreciate your ongoing support.

ATTENTION – All Tourism and Hospitality Businesses
Owners, managers and key decision makers of tourism businesses are invited to

a FREE business advice and networking event on Tuesday 30th March at Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford (10.30am – 1.30pm)

Throughout the workshop you will develop an action plan for your business by hearing specific tourism advice as well as Business Link advisers sharing their experience and the

opportunities to improve your business in 2010 and beyond.

For more information or to book contact Daniel Humphreys on 023 8062 5499 or


For further information on local news and events in the tourism and hospitality sector please visit: www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk

The Quarterhouse, Folkestone’s Performing Arts and Business Centre – with restaurant
If you haven’t been along yet to this sensational venue why not do yourself a favour. During March they have a programme of great music and entertainment music all detailed

In the Hook – Folkestone’s Music Festival e-brochure

Get out and about to explore Folkestone's Creative Quarter with guided walks, Visit Kent's Big Day Out, exhibitions, book readings, music events and more. Enjoy!

In Memory of Rifleman Aldridge
Sadly, Folkestone Invicta’s match with Croydon was called off last week due to the very heavy rain beforehand and the tribute to Rifleman Aldridge was also postponed until a later date.

Please contact Lynn Woods (Lynn.Woods@adastra.com) about the rescheduled arrangements.

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