C4B Chairman's Update                 March 2016
Paul Barrett
Dear [salutation],     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.
Local Plan update
Canterbury Riverside development

Plans for the Kingsmead development (Canterbury Riverside) are making progress. The developer is currently talking to potential tenants for the cinema, leisure, and refreshment provision, and the full planning application is expected to be submitted in June. Work is then likely to start on the site in 2017.

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Startmybiz and Growmybiz news
Startmybiz continues to generate a healthy number of enquiries from start-ups: 23 fledgling businesses made contact following a successful marketing campaign in January. The last series of workshops were fully booked and more are planned for later this year. Startmybiz and its sister scheme, Growmybiz, have been successfully established across the district for some time and are now being boosted in Herne Bay, where they will offer specialist and bespoke support to local businesses as part of the City Council's Business Support Project for the area. Growth Hub funding has enabled the Growmybiz scheme to be rolled out further in Whitstable, where businesses are being offered 'health checks' as part of the programme. Following the very successful Startmybiz/Growmybiz 'UNconference' in Canterbury last year, planning is underway for a similar event this November. For information, visit www.startmybiz-canterbury.com or email chris.west@canterbury.gov.uk

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Evening/Night-time Economy Conference (ENTE) - Working Together to Deliver a Great Evening and Night Time Experience in the City
Canterbury Connected BID is organising a conference on 13 April at the Cathedral Lodge to consider the evening/night-time economy in Canterbury from a business perspective. This is the first time this highly competitive economy has been examined from this angle. The programme will feature a guest speaker from the Marlowe Theatre, who will talk about the impact and role of arts and culture in the evening and night time economy. Other topics on the programme include enforcement, licensing, and a session on who the ENTE customers are – looking at where they come from, and the kind of leisure activities they like now and may enjoy in the future. For information, visit canterburybid.co.uk

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Business Banter dates
Dates for your diary: 15 March at the Marlowe Theatre (Pre Budget Breakfast); 10 May at Whitstable Castle; 13 September at the King's Hall, Herne Bay; December (date TBC) at the Cathedral Lodge. Details from www.startmybiz-canterbury.com or email chris.west@canterbury.gov.uk

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Student impact review gets underway
Businesses, students, residents, residents' associations, and university representatives attended a Student Impact conference in February. Organised by the City Council, the conference was held to kick-start a new review on the impact of students in Canterbury. The review will look at how students' presence affects the local economy, the local community and local businesses. Further discussions and research will take place over the next few months, before the findings of the review work is shared at a final conference in June. Caroline Hicks, the City Council's Head of Business and Regeneration, is leading the section of the review that focuses on the local economy and will be seeking input from local businesses. If you would be interested in being involved in this part of the review please contact Caroline.hicks@canterbury.gov.uk

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Christmas turnover up
Canterbury Connected's figures show that city centre businesses enjoyed a successful Christmas trading period in the city, with those businesses surveyed reporting an increase of 5.9% in turnover. Looking ahead, Canterbury Connected is organising a Medieval Festival in Canterbury on 9 July, and spearheading the city's entry as a finalist in the 2016 RHS Britain in Bloom competition, which will be judged in August. Canterbury Connected has also entered the city into the regional South & South East in Bloom competition which will be judged in late July.

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New Deputy Vice Chancellor
Canterbury Christ Church University has appointed a new Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Professor David Shepherd, currently a Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University, will take up his post at the beginning of June.

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