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C4B Newsletters

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April 2021

With spring on the way, and April 12 on the horizon, this issue of the C4B newsletter focuses on the plans and planning underway to support the re-opening of the high streets in our district – Canterbury, Herne Bay, Tankerton and Whitstable. Canterbury City Council and Canterbury BID are working to spruce up the streets, ensure shoppers can return safely, manage any potential overcrowding in the coastal towns, and develop destination marketing to encourage visitors back to the district later in the year.

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March 2021

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021. With the future of the high street under discussion, it's important that the business community has its say and engages with the Local Plan, which will influence the planning process. We'll keep you posted about the progress of the Plan, likely to be ready for consultation in the summer.

See March 2021 Newsletter

December 2020

Welcome to the December issue of the C4B newsletter which includes information about EU transition plans and business events as well as details of the M20 barrier testing taking place shortly. If your business needs financial support during these unprecedented times, funds are available through the latest business grants scheme – so don't miss out.

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July 2020

Welcome to our July newsletter. As high streets across the district gradually open up, anecdotal feedback on trading indicates that customers are returning slowly but steadily. However, it's important for businesses to remain vigilant and follow the advice being shared by Canterbury City Council and Canterbury BID, which are working together to support businesses as they emerge from lockdown.

See June 2020 Newsletter

Jun 2020

Canterbury City Council is working with partners to support the safe reopening of non-essential businesses, focusing on the four main high streets in the district: Canterbury, Herne Bay, Tankerton and Whitstable.

See June 2020 Newsletter

March 2016

Welcome to our March newsletter, which features updates on the Local Plan, the Startmybiz and Growmybiz schemes, and the City Council’s new Student Impact review, as well as news of Canterbury Connected’s forthcoming conference on the Evening/Night-time Economy. This newsletter also sees us say goodbye to Jonathan Watts, Managing Director of Lenleys and Vice Chairman of C4B, who is stepping down from the Board after many years of dedicated service. On behalf of everyone on the Board, I’d like to thank him for his input, and wish him all the best for the future.

See March 2016 Newsletter

December 2015

As the year draws to a close, our December newsletter brings you an update on the City Council's Local Plan, as well as the festive activities currently helping to boost business in Canterbury and the coastal towns this Christmas. We also report on the district's successful first 'UNconference' for start-ups and newly established businesses, and on the government's new Apprenticeship Levy scheme. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year – look out for our next newsletter in February 2016.

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October 2015

Welcome to our October newsletter, in which we look at some of the businesses and organisations that contribute to the success of the district. Our thriving universities are not only home to a large resident student population, they also provide job opportunities and regularly attract huge numbers of people into the area for events and ceremonies, and support the local business community in many different ways. I was privileged to receive an Honorary Fellowship recently from Canterbury Christ Church University for services to business - I am pleased to have served on the University's Business School Advisory Board, which I see as a recognition of the importance the University places on its role in the Canterbury business scene.

The Canterbury Connected BID (Business Improvement District), established a year ago, has already made a big difference to the city centre trading environment for the benefit of shoppers, businesses, residents and visitors, with the introduction of Christmas lights, deep cleaning, floral displays, and street ambassadors. The BID team also successfully launched a major new event - the Canterbury Hop Pocket race - while Herne Bay's Promo Team raised an amazing £75K in sponsorship to support the town's first ever air show, a spectacular event that attracted thousands of people to the area.

See October 2015 Newsletter

August 2015

Welcome to the August issue of the C4B newsletter, in which we look at recent changes and new plans that will affect the District. These include proposals to replace the existing South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) with a simpler, more effective Kent and Medway LEP. As a representative of SELEP since its formation, I fully support these proposals: SELEP has been shown to be too large and the geographical areas within the partnership have different interests. Closer to home, we report on the City Council's new committee-led system of local governance, on-going Canterbury BID (Business Improvement District) initiatives and the first-ever Canterbury Hop Pocket race, which takes place in September.

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April 2015

Welcome to our April newsletter, in which we report on the appointment of new directors for the permanent BID (Business Improvement District) board, as well as two BID initiatives that will be helping to improve the environment of the city centre's streets this summer. New funding is in the pipeline for local rural businesses via the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), and the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University have both been awarded increases in research funding – all great news for the future of our district.

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March 2015

Welcome to our March newsletter. This month sees no shortage of business activities with Canterbury's successful Startmybiz and Growmybiz schemes running a lively programme of free workshops and other events designed to support, signpost and inform the District's many new and fledgling businesses. Elections to establish a new permanent board for the Canterbury BID (Business Improvement District) are underway, so if you are a levy payer with a keen interest in the future of the city and are interested in putting yourself forward, check out the details below. And finally, we're pleased that plans to regenerate the former Slatters Hotel in the centre of Canterbury are at last making progress, heralding what will be the launch of an exciting new venue for the city and the business community.

See March 2015 Newsletter

C4B Newsletter

Welcome to the May issue of the C4B newsletter, which includes details of the C4B Board's response to the City Council's draft Local Development Framework (LDF), launched for consultation earlier this year. We also report on how the Business First graduate internship scheme can help small businesses, and look at how C4B is working to keep the discussions on Whitstable traffic management on the move.

See May 2010 Newsletter

C4B Newsletter

Welcome to the February issue of the C4B newsletter, which highlights current and forthcoming businesses events, initiatives and activities taking place in the Canterbury district this spring. With C4B's special breakfast briefing on the Local Development Framework in February, followed by the March Business Month seminars and workshops, there are plenty of 'dates to save'. Help spread the word by forwarding this and future C4B e-newsletters on to your business contacts and colleagues.

See February 2010 Newsletter

C4B Newsletter

Our November issue highlights three very important initiatives that offer you an opportunity to shape the future of your district. The City Council's draft budget for the 2010/11 financial year is now up for public consultation; the LDF (Local Development Framework) soon will be, and Canterbury District Partnership Environment Group's travel business transport survey should have already reached your inbox. Your feedback is valued, so please take a few minutes to review and comment on these current initiatives, and look out for the LDF consultation document when it's launched in January.

See November 2009 Newsletter

C4B Newsletter

Welcome to the September issue of C4B's newsletter, which highlights some of some of the new initiatives and opportunities for businesses in the district this autumn. If you're interested in joining C4B as an associate, or would like to get involved with any of the C4B project groups (see the Project Group Roundup further down the page) please visit to find out more.

See September 2009 Newsletter

C4B Newsletter

You'll notice that we've changed the format of this month's C4B email update to make it quicker and easier for you to read - just follow the links to read more about the topics you're interested in. As always, we hope you find the content interesting and informative. If you're new to C4B, and would like to know more about its aims, activities and the work of the four project groups, you'll find everything you need to know at

See June 2009 Newsletter

C4B Newsletter Autumn 08

C4B's successful Associates Conference attracted an audience of over 100 local businesses and organisations to the Harris Suite at Kent Cricket Club's St Lawrence ground in Canterbury on October 14. Delegates enjoyed a full English breakfast and networking session before hearing from keynote speakerspeaker, Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council.

See the full C4B Autumn 08 Newsletter (pdf).

C4B Newsletter Summer 08

C4B's first environment conference, held on Earth Day (22 April) in the main hall at Canterbury College, was a huge success. Over 85 businesses attended the event, which included presentations by national, regional and local speakers, including four local 'champions', and an exhibition of green services and products.

See the full C4B Summer 08 Newsletter (pdf).

C4B News

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Published: 07-02-2013

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Published: 20-12-2012

Background on Business Improvement Districts

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Published: 26-10-2012

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