Firms exchange ideas at business conference in Gravesend
Staff from the KM Group
at the Gravesend conference
Hundreds of business leaders from across north Kent have been
ideas in Gravesend.
They were at a day-long conference in the Civic Centre organised
Invicta Chamber of Commerce and supported by the KM Group.
It is the first time the chamber has organised such a gathering
There were more than 50 stands offering advice on everything
accommodation and computer technology to security, marketing, print
Guests speakers also provided ideas to the visitors.
In the past the B2B promotion has been highly successful in
After the former Thames Gateway chamber collapsed about two
Invicta took over.
The organisers thought it was worth trying a B2B conference in
Kent and the view among delegates was that it was well worth the
Karen Burns from HM Revenue and customs said they were there
they want new businesses to get their tax situation right from
"We are offering advice to new employers, the self-employed,
individuals," she said.
"We are doing more of this sort of thing, because maybe we
it so often in the past."
Emma Harraden from solicitors Hatten Wyatt said they were
wide range of mediation services.
"We are doing a lot of work with schools and charities at
Also attending was Jonathan Shaw, the former Works Minister
He was on the Edinburgh house stand promoting their proposed
of Gravesend's Heritage Quarter.
It is expected to create 900 jobs.
It will add to those at the expanding Bluewater and 27,000
be created at the proposed theme park at Swanscombe.
The rains have subsided but the effects on businesses of the floods will last for a long time, at huge cost, as one badly-hit pub is finding out.
Treasury Minister Danny Alexander says the government will explore whether its Flood Re scheme for householders can be extended to firms.
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