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094 2019 BUSINESS SPECIAL


indexmagazine.co.uk BUSINESS SPECIAL TEDx returns to Tunbridge Wells for fi fth time


World-renowned speaker forum TEDx returns to Tunbridge Wells for the fi fth time on 26th January. The 2019 edition of TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells will explore the theme of Beneath the Surface, and features 12 great speakers – including Max Thorpe and Chris Williams, Sarah Salway, John Mulford, Michelle Mae Raymond, Don Smith and Sophie Sabbage – who will deliver 12 commanding and thought- provoking talks, from life-changing inventions and living with a parasite, to Artifi cial Intelligence and surviving a capsize in the middle of the Atlantic. “Since TEDx fi rst came to


Tunbridge Wells in 2015, we’ve had to upgrade venues three


times to accommodate the growing attendance, so there’s clearly a hunger and curiosity for knowledge in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area,” says event organiser, Lizzie Bentley-Bowers. “We’re now in Tunbridge


Wells’ biggest venue and we’ve got 12 really impactful speakers this year who are going to leave a lasting impression on visitors.” • TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells takes place at the Assembly Hall Theatre from 2pm-6pm on 26th January. For more information, and to book tickets, visit tedxroyaltunbridgewells.com


Working for business


The West Kent Partnership (WKP) is a public private sector partnership, working for the business community in Sevenoaks District and the boroughs of Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells, with a mission to promote the many attributes this area has, to increase investment, improve the infrastructure, provide packages of support and invest in the workforce for the future. West Kent has a thriving business community and the Partnership is committed to supporting local business growth and enterprise and arguing the case for investing in success in West Kent to ensure future competitiveness and growth. SMEs and start-ups are the life-blood of a


prospering economy and WKP is at the forefront of promoting and delivering business support, and promoting entrepreneurship through the West Kent Business Support programme, which offers local businesses up to two hours free support and access to the free South East Business Boost 12 hour business school. • Visit westkent partnership.org.uk


Tonbridge achieves Fairtrade status


The Fairtrade Foundation has announced that Tonbridge has been awarded Fairtrade status for its commitment to Fairtrade principles. The news follows a two-year campaign, which saw Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council pass a resolution to support Tonbridge Town Team’s campaign to seek Fairtrade status for the town. As part of the campaign, many


retailers pledged to sell more than four Fairtrade products and more and more eateries began serving Fairtrade tea and coffee. The campaign also secured support from faith groups, schools and voluntary groups, as well as local businesses, which began promoting the Fairtrade message in their working practices. A steering group, chaired by Borough Councillor Frixos Tombolis, was formed several months ago to plan the campaign and encourage support. Councillor Tombolis said: “People have been working incredibly hard to make all this happen and we are delighted we have now been granted Fairtrade Town status. I would like to extend our thanks to all


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those who have supported our efforts.” Town Team Chair, Howard Porter, added: “This has been a long process but the work really starts now. We will be promoting Fairtrade products more and more over the coming months and aim to make a big splash during Fairtrade Fortnight in February/March next year.”


Fairtrade helps small-scale farmers in developing countries ensure they earn decent incomes and have long-term contracts with companies. In addition, they earn the Fairtrade Premium, which they invest in vital business, social and environmental projects. • Visit fairtrade.org.uk


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