Kent enjoys 18 events and renewed focus on key policy areas

  • 09 Mar 2018

A county-wide conference, international women’s day celebration and FSB South East Awards have been key highlights in Q1 2018 for FSB Kent. 

The area has hosted 18 events between January and March, ranging from local business breakfasts to large-scale conferences and enabling at least 850 people to engage with FSB face-to-face at these events alone.


FSB has collaborated and supported additional events run by FSB members, and has hosted training sessions on GDPR to help SME’s prepare for the new legislation coming in on 25 May.

Deborah Turner, FSB Kent Area Leader, said: “A renewed focus on large-scale events means that FSB can reach more businesses, and make more impact, in one hit. I’m delighted at the success of our collaborative work recently – working with the University of Kent and IoD on the Kent Business Summit in January was time well-spent. We were able to bring together businesses, academics and local government to consider the future and what we can positively do to help Kent and each other. I look forward to the event report which will be out soon.


Pictured; Dr Sue Black OBE with Kent Area Leader Deborah Turner (R) at International Women’s Day 2018, Maidstone, Kent

Deborah continued: “The recent International Women’s Day celebration in collaboration with Breakthrough Women and IoD proves there is much to do in terms of making a level playing field for women in business, but we are there and part of the conversation, and that is what matters!”


The next quarter promises more events to help Kent businesses:
11 April                 FSB/ Bank of England roundtable, Medway
20 April                 Women Work, Tunbridge Wells 
16 May                 Kent Vision Live, key partner, Maidstone
1 June                   ZC Live with ZC Social Media, Strood
29 June                 FSB Skills 30:30, Dartford

Issues that matter

Policy and topic areas affecting Kent businesses that FSB will be pursuing in the next six months are: 

Lower Thames Crossing – led by David Milham, ASC Finance for Business
Women in Business – led by Deborah Turner, YOU Image Consultancy
Education and Skills – led by Paul Andrews, Jobs in Kent

If you are interested in getting involved in any of these topic areas, please contact Development Manager Alison Parmar