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Clearing the path for business

Dear associates and business owners

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.

Paul Barrett Chairman C4B

In this update:

  • Give your views on budget
  • LDF launch: have your say
  • E-marketing training offer
  • Goodbye to Michael
  • Green travel survey
  • Business Link's new environmental tools
  • Congratulations to Canterbury Businesses
paul barrett

Paul Barrett's business comment

November brings news of interesting opportunities for businesses. As well as the local business transport survey, draft budget consultation and forthcoming LDF consultation, Business Link has a number of innovative new environmental tools on offer and Tourism South East is introducing e-marketing training courses. And it's cheering to note that, despite the economic situation, some local businesses are actually booming, according to the Kent Business survey, undertaken earlier this year.

Give your views on budget

when theIn the current economic climate, Canterbury City Council will have to make tough decisions about its budget for the 2010/11 financial year. Proposals, which aim to save around £3 million over the next two years, are now out for public consultation.Read more...

LDF launch: have your say

The city council is currently putting together its Local Development Framework (LDF) - a planning strategy for the Canterbury district that takes all other council and partner strategies into account. As a business owner or manager, your input will be welcomed when the document is presented for consultation early next year.Read more...

E-marketing training opportunity

E-marketing training opportunity

Tourism South East is providing practical e-marketing courses for tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses at a very reasonable price. These half-day courses are designed to help businesses market themselves to domestic and European tourists via the Internet. for an application form, call Tourism South East on 023 8062 5533, visit or email for details.

Goodbye to Michael

Michael Head

Michael Head, one of C4B's longest-standing board members recently retired after seven years' service, during which time he was instrumental in driving forward a number of key C4B projects, including plans for the A2/A28 slip road.Read more...

Business Travel Survey

Business Travel Survey

You should by now have received an email about the Canterbury District Partnership Environment Group's travel survey, which aims to identify business transport methods, issues and requirements in the Canterbury district. The results will provide valuable information to help the Canterbury City Council, Kent County Council and other partners and agencies to plan transport infrastructure for the district – so if you haven't already done so, please take five minutes to complete your online survey and return it before the closing date of 30 November.

Business Link

New environmental tools from
Business Link

Business Link has recently introduced a number of environmental tools to help businesses with green issues, such as assessing sustainability and environmental compliance, and cutting costs. Visit the following links for more information about helping your business to 'go green'.



Belated congrats to the three businesses from the Canterbury district which beat the recession to feature in Kent Business's annual listing of the county's 50 fastest-growing firms. Read more...

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

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