The Kent Economic Board (KEB) is the economic partnership for Kent, it identifies the shared view of the strategic economic development and regeneration priorities for the county of Kent.
It has vested in it a Business Advisory Board, which gives the independent business voice, it also operates a strategic Skills Group, and this year it is organising a series of sector consultations with Kent County Council, looking at business growth opportunities for the key sectors across the Kent economy engaging with over 1000 businesses.
The role of KEB can be summarised as being to:-
- Articulate strategic investment priorities that will support business and economic growth
- Influence and align public sector investment and activity to support business needs
- Provide a voice for the business community to help shape sub-regional strategies
- Together assess drivers, opportunities and issues in the local economy – and lobby for responses to address constraints to growth
- Act as a catalyst for action and as appropriate provide facilitating support
Programme of Sector meeting continues
The next sector meeting will be for the Engineering and Manufacturing sector, to be held on 4th February 2013, at East Malling Research. For more details and to sign up and register online click here
Kent County Council and several partner organisations are organising a trade mission to take some Kent businesses to the US in September 2012. The visit aims to build on current links with Boston and Virginia and is part of the wider "Kent International Business" programme which aims to encourage more Kent businesses to consider international trade as a route to growth.
For details of all 2 Seas events please register here
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To sign up for the latest BIS newsletters click here. . BIS publish newsletters to keep businesses up to date with progress on delivering the Business Improvement Programme to transform the way that people receive the information, advice and guidance they need to start and grow a business, the BIS Bulletin sets out the wider work of BIS to build a dynamic and competitive economy.
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KEB has commissioned task and finish groups and a business advisory board to ensure that resources are targeted and focused on getting results on some important challenges for the county.