Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Insider

Folkestone Triennial 2011

Channel Chamber members and local businesses in the tourism sector
(hoteliers, taxi drivers, retailers, restaurateurs etc.) from Folkestone and the surrounding area are invited to the Quarterhouse next Wednesday 20th October to find out more about The Folkestone Triennial 2011 and the opportunities it presents for local businesses to benefit from the visiting audiences.

Wednesday 20 October 2010, 6-7.30pm, Quarterhouse, 45 Tontine Street , Folkestone , Kent CT20 1JT

This event is free but advanced booking would be helpful for catering purposes.Please call 01303 858500 to book your place.

Get Online Week: 18 – 25 October

It’s just a few days away and Channel Chamber plus other local UK Online Centres are gearing up to take part in the national ‘Get Online Week’ to help convert more and more residents across East Kent to understand and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Here on Shearway Business Park , Chamber member - Oriac House Learner Centre is holding events on 18th and 20th Oct (tel: 01303 278418)

SES Tutors Ltd and the B48s Early Years Resource Project are holding events in Folkestone on 19th Oct and 20th Oct respectively..

In New Romney, at Romney Resource 2000 Limited in Mountfield Road an event is being held on Friday 22nd October.

For more information about all these events and regular ‘Get Online’ sessions please contact Abbishek at Channel Chamber on 01303 270022.

Microsoft Exchange Hosting

Channel Chamber of Commerce has entered into partnership with Intermedia, the world's largest Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, to offer Intermedia’s hosted Exchange solutions to businesses across East Kent . Channel Chamber now offers Intermedia’s hosted Exchange 2010 as well as a range of other business communications services designed to support small and medium-sized companies.

Intermedia’s hosted Exchange 2010 service provides customers with:

* Expert Support: Intermedia offer friendly and professional support available 24/7, from a highly-trained support team, with an average hold time of less than one minute.
* Free Migration: Intermedia assists in the migration from a customer’s current email system at no cost, with its exclusive Exchange Concierge™ service. Customers’ Active Directories – including distribution lists – are imported typically in under an hour.
* Premium Infrastructure: Intermedia boasts a multi-million pound infrastructure, providing a market-leading, financially-backed 99.999 percent uptime service level agreement. All datacentres feature the highest-quality hardware from Dell, EMC and Cisco.

Intermedia is the recognized global leader in hosted Exchange with over 250,000 premium mailboxes under management worldwide, more than any other provider. The company offers and integrates the full ecosystem of business communications services, including Exchange 2010 with Outlook 2010, Microsoft Office Communications Server, SharePoint, and mobile email support for devices including BlackBerry, Android and iPhone. The company also provides a range of proprietary technologies, including its HostPilot® Control Panel, which gives users full control over their Exchange experience. For more information, visit

Hythe Imperial Steams Ahead

Work on the refurbishment of the Hythe Imperial, one of the largest hotels in the county and major landmark in the town, has got underway, as part of the owner’s commitment to its future success.

To officially mark this exciting next step in the history of the imposing Victorian hotel, Councillor Keren Belcourt, Mayor of Hythe Town Council, will be planting a commemorative tree this coming Friday afternoon.

Young Apprentices at Pent Valley Technology College

Pent Valley Technology College in Folkestone is looking for local businesses that are able to offer a placement to their students as part of their Young Apprenticeship programme. Students participate in the programme for 2 days a week – one day completing a Business Studies qualification at school, and the other in a work placement to gain basic admin skills.

The work experience could include photocopying, faxing, answering the telephone, filing and any other office duties. Students will then use this experience to support assignments that they will write in school. In order to achieve the Young Apprenticeship qualification, students need to complete 50 days in a work placement throughout years 10 and 11. Employer you are not committed to having these students for this full period.

If you are interested and want further information please contact. Clare Dinsdale, Work Experience Co-ordinator on 01303 277161 ext.4004 or email:

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