Whilst the Chancellor may have warned of a dangerous cocktail of new threats facing the country in the coming year this seems to have done little to dampen the confident mood of many in business. A recent survey by BDO, an accountancy firm, highlights a mixture of the continuing low interest rates, an improving job outlook and positive prices at the shops and on fuel creating an upbeat mood.
The South East, along with London and the East of England were all top performers in the Lloyds index of business activity at the close of 2015 – staying at over 50 on the scale for more than three years shows a solid economic base for the regions.
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Take advantage of this continuing optimism in the business world and visit the free West Kent B2B. Run by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Caxtons the Best of Kent Shows draw together leading business speakers tackling issues facing businesses from all sectors, from start-up to well established.
The West Kent B2B on the 10th March at the Hop Farm, Paddock Wood welcomes Founder and ex-CEO of Powownow, Paul Lees. This tech entrepreneur will be looking at how he developed (and then sold for a staggering £33 million) the UK’s leading conference call provider and how he approached the building of his new company – Thortful. Respected business leader, Paul Johnson, Chair of Vistage Kent who is an accomplished CEO, MD, marketer and strategist, will join him. He will take delegates through the “Seven key skills of successful business leaders”. Both speakers will offer delegates practical take-aways as well as the motivation to implement them.
Fresh perspective for the West Kent B2B
With a fresh perspective for 2016 the West Kent B2B will also see more informative workshops being held, enabling businesses to keep up to date with the latest developments in a wide range of business topics including finance, law, marketing, sales and start-up, as well as sessions from the brilliant “Get Social Kent”.
More than 60 local and regional exhibitors will be offering special show deals at this free networking exhibition and conference that is now in it’s third year. Alongside the conference programme and exhibitors are a range of business advice sessions in the form of one-to-one sessions with an impartial Chamber of Commerce advisor and workshops on the “The Winning Bid”. The West Kent B2B will also offer more networking opportunities including a free networking breakfast with speaker, a VIP networking reception at lunch and the return of the speed networking sessions all day.
Jo James, Chief Executive of the Chamber says “I encourage all businesses to come along, for some or all of the day, our mix of speakers, exhibitors, workshop and networking opportunities really will offer something for everyone – I look forward to welcoming delegates from across west Kent and further.”