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Rural Business Forum – July 2018

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Rural Business Forum Event
12th July / 12:30pm – 3pm
Kenward Conference Centre, Kenward House,
Kenward Road, Yalding, ME18 6AH


Post-Brexit arrangements and the Seasonal Labour Market
Rural Crime & Fraud Awareness
Legal and Commercial Business Preparations for Brexit


George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food
Matthew Scott, Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent
Peter Jones, Kenward Trust Social Enterprise Manager
Gullands Solicitors
Alex Douglas, Barclays Digital Engagement Champion

Attendance is free but places are strictly limited and must be
reserved to assure a seat will be available.
To reserve your seat, please email katy.allen@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 7107

Marden Business Forum
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MARDEN, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 3BR
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Marden in Bloom 2018

The following companies have generously sponsored Marden in Bloom this year.

Alter Image
Claygate Distribution Ltd
Crest Engineering (UK) Ltd
Alan Firmin Ltd
– Homeleigh Timber
Marden Pharmacy
Pattenden Vet Clinic
Staplehurst Transits Ltd
Stanley’s of Marden
Tomkinson GG Ltd

These donations help to keep the Marden in Bloom project going and we will be use by replacing the village planters with plants in the Autumn when we will advertise the sponsors, buying more bulbs to plant in open spaces and for another project next year such as the School Project.

Can we also thank the Business Forum for distributing our leaflet with the new Business Directory.

With very many thanks.
Anne Boswell
Chairman of Marden in Bloom

Kent Air Ambulance, Goodbye Marden Event

Over the last 18 years, Marden has been home to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, but they are moving to Rochester Airport soon. All MBF members have been invited to their Goodbye Marden event to celebrate their time here and to thank everybody for the support over the years.


Marden History Group – Victim of our own success

As can be seen by visiting the Marden History Group website, the Marden Heritage Centre has landed national awards for the work done by our volunteers but, as more and more important artefacts and documents are discovered and donated by local residents, storage space inevitably becomes a major problem.

Although aware that major space saving could be achieved by digitalising our many thousands of documents, this expensive exercise has been beyond the group’s meagre financial resources. However, as part of their Centenary Celebrations Project, Paddock Wood Lions have made the generous donation of £200, specifically to launch the Marden History Group’s fund raising appeal. Marden businesses have also chipped in towards the the total of £1,500 needed.
If any other Forum members would like to contribute, this would enable digitalisation to be undertaken as soon as possible.

Attached is a photo of the presentation of the £200 cheque by Paddock Wood Lion, Rod Easter, to Eunice Doswell, Vice Chair of Marden History Group.

Colin Whittle, Marden History Group Steering Committee
Westfield, West End, Marden, TONBRIDGE, Kent. TN12 9JA


October 2017 Update

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Fire Station Special Event
9th November / 6-8pm
The Fire Station, Marden

Andy Wardley of Kent Fire and Rescue Service has invited Marden Business Forum members to have a look around Marden Fire Station.

There will be a chance to meet the our local crew and
to find out about their valuable work in the community.

Drinks and barbeque food are provided.

Members and a guest welcome. RSVP: event@mardenbusinessforum.com

Marden Parish Council
RE: Southons Field, 4th November 2017

Is there anyone at the Business Forum that could lend the Parish Council some suitable ground covering for pedestrian access to Southons Field for 4th November 2017? The measurements are 12m wide x 2.4m long.

Thanking you in anticipation
Erika Lock, Assistant Parish Clerk
01622 832305 / assistantclerk@mardenkent-pc.gov.uk

Maidstone Borough Council
The Business Terrace – Upcoming events

  • 18th October – HSBC strategies for Growth event
  • 19th October – Family Law and Mediation Networking
  • 19th October – GDPR Cyber security @ The Business Terrace
  • 24th October – Breakthrough in branch @ Santander
  • 1st November – Intro to Lean and 5s @ The Business Terrace
  • 9th November – Building a sustainable business @ The Business Terrace
  • 15th November – Kent Constructing excellence
  • 21st November – Disputes: avoidance and resolution @ The Business Terrace
  • 22nd November – what does fire safety mean to you?
  • 8th December – Kent choices Maidstone exhibition
  • 18th January – Timeless principles of exceptional businesses @ The Business Terrace

For further information, please contact:
Gabrielle Collins
Economic Development Assistant
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ
t 01622 239 300 w www.businessinmaidstone.co.uk

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Parish Council Shed Base

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Parish Council Shed Base

Is there anyone within the Business Forum who could quote to lay a concrete shed base for a shed measuring 10′ x 17′ please?


Alison Hooker
Parish Clerk
Marden Parish Council
Goudhurst Road
TN12 9JX

01622 832305 / 07376 287981

The Parish Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am to 12noon
(Please note the Clerk is not in the office on Wednesdays – therefore any emails will not be answered until the following day)

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Mornings @ the West End Tavern

Open Weekdays 8.30am to 2pm, Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays 9.30am to 2pm.

Serving Breakfast, Teas, Coffees, Pastries and Elevenses in our Restaurant or in our Patio Garden.


Why not celebrate Fathers’ Day at the West End Tavern.

Traditional Sunday Roast Lunch served 12noon to 2pm and then the Bells Yew Green Big Band will be playing in the Garden from 2pm to 4pm.

During the band performance the kitchen will open again for Burgers, Hot Dogs etc.

Please reserve your table for Traditional Lunch by calling 01622 831956.

Please see posters for more details or ‘Like’ the West End Tavern Facebook page.

What Marden Does Best

As representatives of this year’s family fun day and music event on

Southons Field Marden 2pm till 8pm Saturday 17th June 2017 we are writing to you for assistance.

Event: What Marden Does Best

Showcasing all that is great about Marden from Turners Cider, ANNO Distillers and The West End Tavern and Unicorn PHs to all of the charities, clubs and organisations within Marden.

Anno, Turners and the 2 pubs are contributing a % of their days takings, exhibitors are paying £5 to have a stall and visitors are paying £5 per adult, U16’s free.

I am Chairman of Marden Scout Group and we are always desperately searching for new leaders.

I know other clubs and organisations are looking for new members or even just awareness and the businesses and charities are looking for new customers and donors.

We have a very large amount of new houses being built at the moment and now is the time to try and encourage the new residents (and old) to join in.

What are we looking for:
The more people we can reach out to the more of a success the day will be. Not only are we looking for visitors to the event we are looking for:


  • Portaloos £340 for 6 from Four Jays
  • Insurance for the day NFU quoted £250
  • Wrist bands £30
  • General costs plastic fencing/ribbon etc.


  • We will welcome any offers that we can give as prizes in the raffle
  • Including a prize for “Marden’s Got Talent” competition.

General Advertising:

  • If anyone would like to advertise their company and sponsor the event please feel free to make an offer and provide us with a sign/logo that can be erected on the field in the morning.
  • All monies raised (after any personal outlays for setting up the event are taken out) will go to the:
    • Kent Air Ambulance
    • Marden Heritage Society

    With a small donation as a prize for Marden Primary School for creating our advertising poster

Please could all interested parties contact whatmardendoesbest@gmail.com with the interest in the subject title ie Sponsorship or Raffle

The day is open to everyone living and working in Marden and as well as the exhibitors we also have live music from around 4.30 from bands and singers in Marden followed by the finale of Marden’s Got Talent.

If anyone has any questions or would like to help us set up on the day and clear down the morning after please feel free to contact us whatmardendoesbest@gmail.com subject “Helper”

David Brockis, Chris Brampton, Nigel Jenner, Darren Reeves Matt Mitchell Co-organisers

Portcullis Insurance

Cyber and data risks insurance protects your business should it suffer a data breach or an attack by a malicious hacker, impacting your computer and industrial control systems.
The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2017 states that more than 57% of UK businesses have been attacked in the last year, with SME firms hit hardest; the average estimated cost to the business is £25,736; and only 36% of UK businesses, despite the very real threat, have Cyber Insurance.
If your business:

  • Handles sensitive customer data (names, addresses, bank details, merchant payment services etc.)
  • Are reliant on computers and industrial control systems to trade
  • Have a website

You will need Cyber and data risks protection.
Typically, and there are many variations in insurance cover provided and of course exclusions, you can be covered for:

  • Breach Costs – unauthorised access; use or disclosure of personal data
  • Cyber Business Interruption – loss of income and increased costs of working
  • Hacker Damage – corruption, misuse or theft of programs
  • Cyber Extortion – third party ransom demands
  • Privacy Protection – claim made against the business for release of personal information or data
  • Media Liability – alteration of email and website content that results in a claim made against the business

Portcullis are offering a complimentary meeting to Marden businesses and manufacturers to describe the different types of Cyber attacks, typical impacts, and the insurance solutions currently available.
Contact Portcullis Insurance mentioning Marden Business Forum.