Monday, 15 November 2010

The Insider

What happens to your waste packaging?

Kent Community Recycling in Hawkinge have asked us to send out this urgent question to ALL Chamber members and other local businesses. You may already have this packaging collected by a waste management company at a fixed charge per visit, or you may even deliver this directly to the KCC facility at Hawkinge.

Alternatively, you can now deliver all your waste packaging on a regular basis to Kent Community Recycling and receive publicity for supporting charities and worthy causes of your choice or have KCR collect for recycling at just 10p per kilo. Kent Community Recycling have been dedicated to reducing waste for more than 21 years and were the first not-for-profit recycling organisation in Kent

It’s easy – Just call 01303 893772 with your trading name and postcode and leave the rest to them. For further details please visit

Win £500 in Margate Photo Competition

In readiness for the opening of the Turner Contemporary in Spring next year a photo competition has been organised to celebrate everything that’s special about the town of Margate . A panel of judges, including top international photographer, Martin Parr will decide the shortlist and the winners will be voted for by the public. The overall winner will receive £500 of Shop Local First Vouchers.

For further details and the competition terms and conditions please call 01843 577169 or visit

Report from Beijing

David Frost (British Chambers of Commerce) travelled over to China this week with the Prime Minister and 20+ leading businesses. This is his brief report of the first 48hrs.

“PM has focused on Trade and has clearly got a good relationship with the Chinese Prime Minister. This was evident at a meeting that we attended at the Great Hall of the People.

The focus of the visit is clear - " Britain is open for business". A strong emphasis on trying to get inward investment into the UK . This was evident at a reception held at the Embassy last night to which a large number of potential Chinese investors had been invited to. This is the biggest UK Political/ Trade delegation. I have also met with Huhne and had some discussions with Vince Cable.

The push is on to get SME's to get into China - a clear theme at a series of workshops today. I have made a strong play for the Chamber network, but we also need to think about how we use the Internet effectively. Cable spoke at a Dinner organised by the China British Business Council and again made the case for investment into the UK .

The British-China relationship is in good order. There are some issues, which I will come back to, but overall joined by a desire for free and open trade. I would have to say that the PM and his Ministerial Team are doing a very good job of promoting the UK and fighting for British business interests."

FREE Events for Global Entrepreneurship Week (15 – 21 November)

The University Centre Folkestone is holding a range of FREE business events but since place are limited advance booking is required. Please contact:

Mon 15 November - 5.30-7.30pm - UCF hosts Kent Association of Young Entrepreneurs Networking event "How to Time Manage" with speaker Julia Russell.

Tues 16 November – 10am – 4pm - Jake Rayson runs a workshop for visual artists/designers/creatives called Putting your Portfolio Online. Topics include:

Weds 17 November – TWO workshops on entrepreneurial awareness and skills 10am-12.30pm - Shane Record, artist/gallery owner based in the Creative Quarter Folkestone ,

2pm-4.30pm - Catriona Campbell, Creative Tourism Consultant and Director of Escape to Create

Thursday 18th November at 6pm - Charlotte Baynes,

professional, multi-disciplined artist, lecturer and explorer of Flamenco presents a A Flamenco Journey, a Public Lecture with exhibition (followed by Private View at 7.15pm)

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