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Est: 30 June '17

It has become obvious that a bigger and better networking group could produce more benefits, more easily for a larger audience. Maidstone Business Networking brings easy, simple, friendly networking to the businesses in all Maidstone areas, helping to support the rural economy, all types of businesses and all sizes. Whether self employed, working from home or employing lots of people, this new organisation is made for you. Ideal for new or established businesses, the networking itself is flexible but designed to get everyone (of all ages) together for business networking; to find new customers and new suppliers. Even helping you to set up a new idea you've got for your brand new business - help is at hand.

At Maidstone Business Networking seats are reserved for specific people who book to attend. Please arrive at 6.15pm, we start with a speaker for about a 20 to 30 minutes, someone with something to say that everyone should have the opportunity to hear. You get a chance to tell everyone who you are (if you want to) followed by an hour of networking and the event finishes around 8.30pm. The events will be on different days of the month, in different parts of the borough of Maidstone. They will have one thing in common, they will be informative, interesting with plenty of time for actual networking. And as there is no meal involved they are not very costly. See our rules page - you can even attend each meeting for £15pp, but it is not the best deal (full membership is only £75 pa for a sole trader)! Membership is open to new as well as established businesses, large or small, from across the whole Maidstone borough area. No restriction on size or groups of multiple operations.

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The Kent County Agricultural Society, organisers of the Kent County Show are delighted to announce a new Enterprise Zone for the 2018 Kent County Show. Held on 6, 7 & 8 July 2018, the Show will offer 10 Kent-based start-up businesses the opportunity to be a part of the annual event.

The initiative is part of the Kent County Agricultural Society’s commitment to provide Kent businesses with a platform at their annual Show in July. The Kent County Show supports many local organisations, charities and agricultural companies in their attendance at the annual three day Show and are keen to further promote the diversity and talent of entrepreneurs within Kent.

Kevin Attwood, Kent County Agricultural Society Chairman said, “The new zone will be a fantastic addition to the annual Show and is an opportunity not to be missed for any new businesses in Kent. We want to showcase what Kent has to offer and encourage applications from all sectors.”

This fantastic opportunity will showcase some of Kent’s newest enterprises and will help boost their profile to 80,000 visitors. The Show, which in the past has attracted many well-known brands including John Lewis, Tesco, Jim Beam and Jeep UK, will offer the new businesses the chance to be seen alongside well-known companies.

The deadline for applications is Monday 9 April 2018 and interviews will be held in early May where the entrepreneurs will have the chance to sell their business to the Show Manager, while also gaining valuable business experience. Successful applicants will receive a free 3m x 3m alu frame site for the three Show days.

Rosie Gouldsworthy, Tradestand Co-ordinator, is available to give advice to any start-ups who would like to apply. She said, “We believe this is a wonderful chance for new companies to be part of one of the county’s largest three day Shows. We are excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to see what new businesses are out there in Kent”

Tradestand bookings for the remainder of the Kent County Show are now open. Specialist trade areas include Country, Game and Canine, Agriculture and Equine as well as general shopping stands.

Rosie Gouldsworthy, Tradestand and Sponsorship Co-ordinator, 01622 633051

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