Local businesses enjoyed a hearty breakfast in Folkestone last Thursday at the Burlington Hotel before cross examining each of the five prospective parliamentary candidates for the Folkestone and Hythe constituency. Hosted jointly by Channel Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business, this ‘Hustings’ event was scheduled in advance of the ‘leaders’ TV debate that same evening but it proved no less interesting for the local businesses who represented a broad variety of different sectors. The Candidates – Lyn Beaumont (Lib Dem): Damian Collins(Conservative), Penny Kemp ( Green), Frank McKenna(UKIP) and Donald Worsley (Labour) answered a host of questions that were of concern to businesses - ranging from the problems surrounding bank lending to late payments and red tape. Local issues such as parking restrictions and railway station access also stimulated a heated debate but all the candidates unanimously agreed that the regeneration of the district would be one of their top priorities if they were elected.
BCC’s Monthly Business Survey – Have your say
The British Chambers of Commerce latest monthly Business Survey (MBS) will be open until the end of the Tuesday.. The survey will take only 2-3 minutes to complete and can be found here
Airport Decision delayed by Two Months
The general election means that we must wait another two months to find out whether the government will block the Lydd Airport extension. The council granted planning permission against officers' advice last month and this prompted communities secretary John Denham to intervene. Shepway's major applications and project manager Terry Ellames now tells us this deadline has now been extended until mid-June because the decision cannot be taken during the election period.
Local Student Discount
University Centre Folkestone are setting up a scheme whereby companies who can offer a discount to their students for their services/products are listed on the UCF website and actively promoted to students (currently around 250 and growing rapidly). The businesses can display a sticker in their window to indicate their participation in the scheme. So far 15 local businesses have already signed up, and more are welcome! http://www.ucf.ac.uk/student-discounts
See you at KENT 2020 VISION
The Channel Chamber Team looks forward to meeting you this Thursday at the Kent Showground for what promises to be the most popular networking evetn of the year. Don’ forget to call in to see us at stand number BS9 in the Business Support Zone during your Visit.
Luxury Serviced Accommodation in the heart of the Creative Quarter by our Chamber Sponsor
One of our Chamber members Quake provides self contained, fully furnished and serviced accommodation available to rent from £230 per week. There is a choice of a 3 bedroom cottage on the harbour with views across to France, or a newly renovated one-bedroom maisonette in the Old High Street with a secluded sunny roof terrace. Both properties are decorated and furnished to high standards. Discounts are available for longer lets depending on the level of service required. An additional discount of 10% is offered to all Chamber members. For more details and pictures go to www.stadecottagefolkestone.co.uk or email Rachel on firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You Ready to Tender?
Tuesday 18th May, 2010 , Kent International Hotel, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate.
KentChannel Chamber of Commerce is holding a series of workshops to help small businesses qualify for big money contracts. The workshop is being sponsored by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and will be delivered by David Hall, Managing Director of Business Flow UK Limited, and is an introduction to the essential ISO standards. Kent County Council's Strategic Procurement Manager - John Tunnicliff will also be taking you through the schedule of tenders suitable for SME's during the year ahead. Andy Wilson Business Development Manager from the British Standards Institute (BSI) will be showing you the way forward, how to certify and the benefits to your business and a Business Link executive will offer practical help and expert advice on how to take full advantage of these opportunities for public sector procurement. For more information or to book on, please contact Tracy Reynolds on 01303 270022Member Price: £15+VATNon-Member Price: £20+VAT