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Herbert Hall Summer Event – Email

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Herbert Hall – 11th September

Our next networking event will take place on Thursday 11th September, 6pm; at
Herbert Hall Winery, Plain Road, Marden, TN12 9LS

Walk in the Vineyard, with an explanation of the growing techniques from owner, Nick Hall.

Tasting of the award winning sparkling wine in the Winery, with a talk by Tim from Rodney Fletcher Vintners, Kent Wine Merchants & Shippers. Plus, of course, a chance to buy!

The tasting will be followed by a delicious pancake supper (sweet or savoury)

Please contact event@mardenbusinessforum.com ASAP if you would like to attend. Places are limited to one member, plus one guest.

Marden

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Manufactured in Marden – Today!

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Manufactured in Marden!
Today 31st July

Manufactured in Marden

Today – 31st July, 6pm – 8pm at Burtons, BBQ and a cold beer or wine provided.

Come along and see what is manufactured in Marden.

If you would like to attend, please email event@MardenBusinessForum.com

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Don’t Forget – 31 July

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We’re Sorry!
Event Thursday – 30th July

Technical Problem

Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch we have lost our list of attendees for this Thursday’s Manufactured in Marden event.

This Thursday (31st July), 6pm – 8pm at Burtons & Airclean, BBQ and a cold beer provided.

Come along and see what is manufactured in Marden.

If you would like to show what you manufacture, contact steve@airclean.co.uk (there is plenty of space)

If you would like to attend (or have already told us you are), please email event@MardenBusinessForum.com

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Newsletter June 2014

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MBF News & Events – June 2014

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2014 / 2015 Membership

A big thank you to the 84 local businesses that have renewed their Marden Business Forum membership for 2014 / 2015.

Those that haven’t renewed for 2014 were emailed notification earlier this week that your membership will expire on Monday 30th June, unless you renew.

Road Closure: 1st July

At 12:00 on Tuesday 1st July a funeral procession will pass through Pattenden Lane, en route to Marden Church from the Stliebridge Caravan Site.

The procession will include a number of vehicles, so please be aware access around Marden Village will be restricted during this time.

More Time for Flood-hit residents and businesses

MBC News Release: Residents and businesses hit by flooding this winter have been given more time to apply for council tax discounts and business rates relief from Maidstone Borough Council. The deadline for applications has now been extended to 1st September 2014.

Maidstone council’s Head of Revenues and Benefits Shared Service, Stephen McGinnes, said: “We know there are still lots of residents and businesses who were affected by the flooding who haven’t applied for the discount, so we’ve extended the deadline to make sure everyone has as much opportunity as possible to receive this support.”

Anyone who pays the council tax or business rates on a property that flooded – including private rental tenants – can apply for the schemes. Details and application forms are available at www.maidstone.gov.uk/winter, or call 01622 602003 for more details.

KCC move signs at MBF Request

Lobbying by the MBF to KCC Highways Department, has achieved KCC’s agreement to relocate the signage at the junction of Pattenden Lane and Underlyn Lane to provide a better view when exiting Pattenden Lane.
The signs were in line of sight for Van drivers, obscuring the view of the highway.

Our next event

Unfortunately our networking event on 3rd July has had to be postponed until September.
Keep an eye on the website for further details.

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2014 Renewal Reminder

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Your MBF Membership has expired!

So far 81 local companies have rejoined the Marden Business Forum for the year April 2014 – March 2015.

You haven’t yet renewed for 2014, on 30th June (next Monday) your 2013 membership will fully expire, meaning you will lose these benefits:

  • Inclusion in the online business directory at mardenbusinessforum.com
  • Inclusion in the 2015 printed business directory, distributed to 3000 local residents and businesses
  • Regular email newsletters keeping you up to date with the latest local business and village news
  • The opportunity to attend our regular networking events.

Membership for 2014 is at the same rate as last year, £24.00
You should have been sent your renewal invoice in March, but if you would like us to send it again please get in touch via email: Committee@MardenBusinessForum.com

Marden

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Newsletter April 2014

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MBF News & Events – April 2014

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Annual General Meeting

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Marden Business Forum will be held in the Boardroom at Claygate Distribution Ltd, Pattenden Lane, TN12 9QJ on 24th April at 6pm.

For more information, including the Agenda for the meeting, please visit the website:

http://www.mardenbusinessforum.com/notice-of-annual-general-meeting/

Our Next Event

Did you know we have a Gin Distillery in Marden?

Our next networking event will be held on Thursday 8th May, 6pm at Anno Distillers, Unit 4, Crest Industrial Estate, Pattenden Lane, TN12 9QJ

Hear all about the processing and what makes Anno Gin so special, and most importantly… try it!

Limited Numbers! Please book early by emailing: event@mardenbusinessforum.com

£2000 National Insurance Contribution Allowance

The government has announced that it is giving up to £2000 in Class 1 NIC allowances to employers from April 2014. This means that your payment to HMRC can be reduced by the amount of employers NIC due, up to a maximum of £2000.

Not all companies qualify. If you employ someone for personal, household or domestic work, such as a nanny, au pair, chauffeur, gardener or care support worker you cannot use the allowance. If you have multiple companies, then only one company can claim.

SSP – Statutory Sick Pay

From the 2014/2015 tax year, companies will no longer be able to claim back any of the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) that you pay out to employees

News for the Village – April 2014

Marden Health Fair
This Saturday

Marden Health Fair

10am – 4pm
Marden Memorial Hall
Saturday 26th April

Marden Medical Centre Patient Reference Group invites you to a fun, interactive event, for all ages, involving many local experts.

  • FREE confidential Health MoT from Wellbeing People
  • Healthy food and drinks from the WI cafè
  • All visitors will be entered for a FREE raffle for a luxury basket of fruit – winning ticket will be posted on Monday 28th April on the web site
  • FREE crèche courtesy of Marden Children’s Centre

More information is available on the Business Forum website:

mardenbusinessforum.com/marden-health-fair-2014/

Could you work part time as an on-call firefighter?

Come to a drop-in session at Marden Fire Station, 19:30-20:30 on Thursday 1st May 2014. For more information call 01622 692121, or visit our website:

http://www.mardenbusinessforum.com/firefighter/

Marden Fire Station

FREE Electrical Waste Disposal

This is a free service to all Households and Businesses in Marden.

Empty out when you next fill up. Households can recycle their electrical waste at Stanley’s of Marden, for free!

Free Electrical Recycling

Any business with a sizeable amount of electrical waste can have it collected from their premises free of charge, contact Liz Stanley on 01622 831 278 to arrange a collection.

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Don’t Forget – 26 March

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Don’t Forget Our Next Event
Next Wednesday – 26th March!

Next Wednesday (26th March), 6pm start at The Mockingbird Tea Rooms, Staplehurst (TN12 0AH).

The guest speaker for the evening will be Helen Topliss, Business Advisor at Mid Kent College.

As always there will also be time to promote your business and network with local business owners (should you wish!)

The event will be held in conjunction with the South Maidstone Business Association.

PLEASE click here to RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Marden

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March Update

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Can you help?

The ‘Marden Business Forum Directory 2014’ has now been printed and is ready to go! But, we need some help distributing it around the Parish.

If you have some spare time and would be willing to help deliver the directories, please contact us: event@mardenbusinessforum.com


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Parish Council Request

Discussions are ongoing between Maidstone Borough Council and Marden Parish Council regarding the continuing overflow problems at the Marden car park.

One of the options on the table is to have a time limited restriction, perhaps 6 hours (no return within 1 hour). This would be instead of the current restrictions of no parking from 07:15 to 08:15.

There are concerns however of the impact this will have on people working in Marden, especially the High Street.

The Parish Council would like to know which staff use the car park, when and how long for. This will help them put together a proposal of how best to move forward.

If you can help, please email Alison Hooker, Clerk to Marden Parish Council; mardenpc@btconnect.com before 18th April


Marden

Maidstone Borough Council
Business Support

On 17 February 2014 the Prime Minister announced a new scheme to support all small and medium sized businesses in flood affected areas that have been impacted by the floods and suffered a significant loss of trade.

Maidstone Borough Council has been allocated £290,000 to support businesses through this scheme and the application process for this has been finalised. All details on how to apply for the funding are now available on the Maidstone Borough Council website at www.maidstone.gov.uk/businesssupportscheme. The deadline for applications is Friday 18th April at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the grant, please email businesssupportscheme@maidstone.gov.uk or call 01622 602750 and ask to speak the Economic Development Team.

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Newsletter: February 2014

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MBF News & Events – February 2014

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Flooding Support

If you have been affected by flooding, there is support available.

Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council have provided details of where you as business owners can get support. Full details are available though the MBF website: www.mardenbusinessforum.com/flooding-support

Pensions – Auto-enrolment

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Unlike many previous Government legislative changes the new rules apply to all UK employers regardless of their size, and all businesses will therefore be affected at some point leading up to April 2017.

All employers have been given a staging date – this is the date by which they are required to auto-enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying workplace pension scheme. The recommended lead in time to get pension in place is 6 months.

You can find you’re staging date at www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk – just enter your PAYE reference number (this can be found on your P35).

There is misconception that Auto-enrolment is just about setting up a pension scheme, but that is only a very small part of it. The biggest challenge for employers will be the ongoing monitoring, reporting, record keeping and compliance associated with auto-enrolment whilst also ensuring that all employees are being treated correctly and are communicated with appropriately every time they run their payroll.

For you as the employer, there are 33 new duties and responsibilities you must fulfil and the Pension Regulator has issued more than 250 pages of guidance notes to help you! Ignoring this legislation could result in fines of up to £5,000 a day being levied.

You need to act now if you have 50 or more employees and have not started your preparation.

If you would like more advice please contact – Ann Charge at Orchard Financial Management on 01622 833142 / 07860813959 or email at ann.charge@yahoo.co.uk

Our Next Event

The next MBF Members event will be held on 26th March 2014, commencing 6pm at the Mockingbird Tea Rooms, Staplehurst.

The event will be held jointly with the South Maidstone Business Association. The guest speaker for the evening will be Helen Topliss, Business Advisor at Mid Kent College.

If you would like to attend, please RVSP to: event@mardenbusinessforum.com

West End Tavern Event

Our last event held on 20thFebruary at The West End Tavern, with a superb supper!

John Sauvage – the owner of Pierson Stewart & Partners Veterinary Hospital gave a fascinating talk and some humorous stories of how Vet Practice has changed from the days of James Herriot.

John Sauvage

Visit the website for a selection of pictures from the event: www.mardenbusinessforum.com/west-end-tavern-20th-february-2014

Big Trailer Needed!

The Parish Council are organising a village litter pick on the morning of Saturday 22nd March, but we are looking for somebody with a big trailer to collect the bags of rubbish from around the parish and take to a central point.

Can you help? If so, please contact Anne Boswell: anne.boswell@ymail.com

News for the Village – February 2014

Join the Marden Neighbourhood Watch

Marden Neighbourhood Watch

Public meeting, Tuesday 18th March

Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 6:30pm in the John Banks Hall of the Marden Memorial Hall in Goudhurst Road, Marden, to find out more about getting involved with the Watch.

More information is available on the Business Forum website:
www.mardenbusinessforum.com/neighbourhood-watch/

First Health Fair Comes to Marden

Marden has a relatively new “Patient Reference Group” at the Medical Centre which gives patients a voice and supports the practice in running surveys, mentoring and other schemes.

Their most ambitious plan so far is to run (with MBF help) a Health Fair on 26th April, at the Memorial Hall inviting dozens of local groups and charities involved in Health, Wellbeing, care, diet exercise etc.

Details available at the evolving website;
http://marden-prg.org.uk/Events/2014/Health-Fair/

Did you know?

There are sections on the website to promote events that you, the Forum Members are running:
www.mardenbusinessforum.com/events/

There is also a section for Village Events too: www.mardenbusinessforum.com/village-events/

If you have something you’d like published, please contact us: www.mardenbusinessforum.com/contact-us/, or email Committee@MardenBusinessForum.com.

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Newsletter January 2014

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MBF News & Events – January 2014

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Were you affected by the recent flooding?

Maidstone Borough Council has suggested you may be able to claim rate relief for the disruption.

For more information and to contact MBC, please click here

New Members

Members

We would like to welcome the following new members to the business forum.

James and Co Wealth Management Ltd – Independent Financial Advisor. We offer a complete financial planning service dealing with wills, Trusts, Savings, Investments and pensions.

Burtons Manufacturing Company Ltd – Sheet metal work, fabrication, welding, CNC machining, laser cutting, CAD design, PCB manufacture and wiring looms, complete product or just parts.

Springfield Business Consultants – Assisting businesses in improving financial returns.

Annie’s Health & Fitness – Everyone knows the importance of keeping fit and what the health benefits of regular exercise bring, so why not come to one of Anne’s classes or 1to1 session.

Portcullis Private Client – A specialist insurance broker matching individuals, families and businesses to a discerning panel of insurance companies.

Chase Templeton Ltd

Membership has been excellent this year, but if you know someone that would like to join, our online registration page can be found here

Our Next Event

The next MBF Members event will be held on 20th February 2014, commencing 6pm at the West End Tavern.

Save the date in your diary! The content of the event will be confirmed in our next newsletter.

Yuletide Event

Our Yuletide event held on 13thDecember at the Unicorn hosted by John Warnett was very well attended, with a great curry!

Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant was on hand and gave an insightful presentation on being an MP.

David Burton & Helen Grant

Did you know?

There are sections on the website to promote events that you, the Forum Members are running. Click here to view the current events.

There is also a section for Village Events too. Click here to view the Village Events.

If you have something you’d like published, either click here to contact us, or email Committee@MardenBusinessForum.com.

News for the Village – January 2014

Super Fast Broadband

Is has come to our attention that Super Fast BT Infinity Broadband should soon be coming to Marden!

The BT OpenReach website was recently updated forecasting SuperFast Broadband will be here in March 2014.

OpenReach vans have been seen in the village recently, so hopefully work is well under way to get us connected to the Super Fast FibreOptic services.

Bt OpenReach

Play Equipment

Marden Parish Council are hoping to replace the play equipment in Marden Playing Field.

A consultation for parents and children will be held at John Banks Hall on Friday 24th January, 11:45 – 12:45 and 14:30 – 16:30

Source: Kent Online

Housing Developments

Marden Parish Council would like your suggestions for road names in the new MAP Development.

Please contact Marden Parish Council with any suggestions.

Source: Kent Online

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