Businesses gather for Maidstone Borough Council’s first Business Forum event
11 Dec 2018
More than 100 businesses from across Maidstone attended the Borough’s first Business Forum event on Wednesday 5 December.
Hosted by Maidstone Borough Council at The Orangery, Turkey Mill and compered by Maidstone Studios’ Chairman Geoff Miles, the breakfast event brought together business people and entrepreneurs to share ideas, offer inspiration and learn about the Council’s plans to promote growth and regeneration in Maidstone.
Speakers included renowned author, barrister and futurist Jamie Susskind, who delivered fascinating insights on the impact that technology and artificial intelligence will bring to our economy, society and political system, and Daniel Ghinn, CEO of Maidstone-based healthcare technology firm CREATION, who explained the rationale behind the company’s decision to invest in Maidstone.
Council officers provided the latest updates on the Local Plan, as well as projects that will contribute to Maidstone’s economic development, including the Kent Medical Campus Enterprise Zone and The Business Terrace, while One Maidstone updated delegates on the recently adopted Business Improvement District scheme.
Cllr Martin Cox, Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, said: “This event was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the many attributes that Maidstone boasts as a prime location to start, locate and grow a business. The Business Forum was a first-of-its-kind event for Maidstone, so we are delighted to have received fantastic feedback from the many local businesses that attended.
“Maidstone Borough Council is working extremely hard to set the foundations for the Borough to become a hub for entrepreneurialism, innovation and technology in the South East.
“With initiatives such as the Kent Medical Campus Enterprise Zone, where work will soon begin on the Council's very own Innovation Centre, and our recent third expansion of The Business Terrace, Maidstone Borough Council is leading the charge to create an environment where high tech, high growth, and high value sectors can flourish, bringing new, well-paid jobs and crucial experience to the Borough.”
Businesses in Maidstone that are interested in representing the business community can join the Maidstone Economic Business Partnership, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org