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Clearing the path for business

Dear associates and business owners

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

In this update:

  • Business breakfast review
  • Graduate support opportunity
  • Energy saving offer
  • Fast access to help and advice
  • Need a skilled worker?
  • Whitstable Park & Ride
paul barrett

Paul Barrett's business comment

It's no accident that this month's C4B update is full of information about schemes to help business ride out the recession. There is a lot of advice and support available, so it's worth checking these initiatives out, even if you're fortunate enough not to need them at the moment. And don't forget, if you and your business would benefit from mentoring, C4B's Support4Business scheme can match you up with an appropriate local business person - entirely free of charge. More on C4B's Support4Business scheme...

Associates get up to speed on new train

Associates get up to speed on new train

Over 90 local business owners attended the C4B Associates Conference at Birley's Pavilion in Canterbury on June 2 to hear about the commercial impact of the new high-speed rail link, and find out about the opportunities for developing employment land in the district. More...

Want to save energy?

Want to save energy?

SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) is offering small businesses grants of up to £500 to help them reduce energy costs. Businesses that apply will be lent a wireless energy meter to show how much electricity they use and an information pack with a simple checklist to help them identify what energy savings can be made. Call 0845 600 9 006 for details or email

Something for nothing?

Learndirect in Canterbury, in association with SEEDA's Redundancy Support Service, and The Canterbury and District Volunteer Centre, is offering businesses the opportunity to acquire the talents of skilled workers for (almost) nothing. More...

Support during downturn

If you need business support and advice during the economic downturn, check out the Local Economy Team's pages on the city council's website, where you can find details of business grants and finance and other useful schemes. More...

Extra spaces for Park & Ride

Park and Ride

Whitstable's trial Park & Ride scheme, due to start on 11 July, will benefit from an additional 100 car parking spaces, thanks to the generosity of C4B board member, George Wilson. More...

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Graduate input for your business


Kent and Medway Universities for Business and Enterprise (KUBE) is offering companies free graduate level help, delivered through in-company placement projects. The 'Business First' scheme gives you a single point of access to the graduate talent pool of the Kent and Medway universities, plus the benefit of a low-risk introduction to graduate employment without the need for long-term commitment. More...

Canterbury4Business C/O Local Economy Team, Canterbury City Council, Military Road CT1 1YW

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