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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

Marden Business Forum

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017.

Notice is hereby given that the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Marden Business Forum will be held in the West End Tavern, West End, Marden, TN12 9JB on 27th April at 6pm:

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Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2016 Marden Business Forum annual general meeting with take place on the 17th March.

The location of the event is yet to be finalised, but keep an eye on the on this page for further details of the 2016 AGM as they come in.

Marden Business Showcase 2015

The 2nd July saw the second annual Marden Business Showcase, hosted by the Forum in Burtons Forecourt, Pattenden Lane.

The event showed just how much goes on in Marden; from Wellbeing People providing Health MOTs as part of their Health MOT Roadshow, to Pixel Farm and their CGI software, and the growing number of alcohol producers all based here.

With over 20 exhibitors and 100 people, the evening was once again a great success.

Closer to the time, watch out for details of the 2016 Business Showcase on the Marden Business Forum website

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Sponsorship Opportunity

The founders of the innovative board game “Business on the Move“, which teaches people of all ages about the importance of today’s supply chain, are looking for local sponsors.

Details of the opportunity can be found here:


Business on the Move are asking local companies to sponsor 5 copies of the game, which will provide the sponsor with their logo on the box lid, or alternatively have their company name included as part of the game itself.

Kent Fire & Rescue: Business Engagement Team

The Business Engagement Team from Kent Fire & Rescue Service are offering FREE informal seminars to help keep your business safe from fire.

The nearest seminar to Marden is on Wednesday 13th January 2016, at Mercure Maidstone (Great Danes Hotel).  Click Here for tickets.

For the full events calendar, click here: KFRS Business Engagement Team Calendar

Kent Downs and Marshes Leader Programme

Message from Huw Jarvis, Programme Manager, Kent Downs and Marshes Leader (Kent County Council):

The Kent Downs and Marshes Leader programme has now been confirmed and will be officially open for applications in June.  However the Programme Manager is willing to consider project ideas now.   Getting in outline applications early is essential in my experience.  The details of project eligibility have yet to be finalised but broadly speaking it is likely to follow these lines (it may change):

  • Leader will match fund between 40% and 100% of the costs of the project depending on the project
  • The maximum Leader contribution will be around £50,000.
  • Minimum grant will be £2,500
  • For the first time all of Maidstone’s rural areas are eligible
  • The programme will run for 6 years
  • There is roughly £250,000 per year
  • It’s a grant not a loan
  • Projects should:
    1. support micro and small businesses and farm diversification
    2. boost rural tourism
    3. increase farm productivity
    4. increase forestry productivity
    5. provide rural services
    6. provide cultural and heritage activities
  • Leader should be a fund of last resort
  • Innovative projects are favoured


If you have a project idea discuss it first with Huw Jarvis at KCC, the Programme Manager, his contact details are:

Huw Jarvis,
Programme Manager,
Kent Downs and Marshes Leader,
Tel; 03000 417104

Marden Business Exhibition 2015

The 2nd July 2015 will see the return of the Marden Business Exhibition.

Come along and see all that is great about business in Marden, once again hosted by Burtons the evening is open to all MBF members.

If you would like to exhibit, please contact committee@mardenbusinessforum.com



Annual General Meeting

Marden Business Forum

Annual General Meeting 2015.

The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Marden Business Forum will be held in the Unicorn Pub on 30th April 2015.  The agenda will follow as soon as this is available.

Phone Call Scam Alert

A local business has received a phone call from a man saying his name was George Porter and he was calling from the Police to thank them for their donation towards crime prevention.
When interrupted and asked a question, the man put the phone down and ended the call.

He was probably either phoning to ask about security measures with a view to breaking in and theft or to ask for bank details to confirm the donation or for taking further ‘donations’.

Badminton Lines – Marden Memorial Hall

Marden Memorial Hall need the badminton lines in the main hall remarked. Is there anyone within the Marden Business Forum that would be able to help or know of someone that we could contact please?

Many thanks

Alison Hooker
Clerk to Marden Parish Council
Parish Office
Goudhurst Road
01622 832305
Parish Office open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 12noon