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Newsletter: 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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Newsletter December 2013

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MBF News & Events – December 2013

Yuletide Event at the Unicorn

Friday 13th December

6pm – 8pm

The event, hosted by John Warnett of BBC Radio Kent, is being held in the Unicorn Pub, High Street, Marden, Kent, TN12 9DR

Unicorn
THE UNICORN

There will be a FREE RAFFLE (a ticket with every drink purchased)
and a FREE CURRY SUPPER for members and their guest.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to event@mardenbusinessforum.com,
(thank you to those who have already responded).

New Members

Members

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

West End Tavern – Popular village pub. Offering top quality food, served daily. Ideal for business and social occasions

Kent Language Services – Private and in company language tuition. French, German, Spanish, Italian and other languages

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

2013 Business Directory

2014 Business Directory

A couple of weeks ago you will have received some information from us in the post regarding your
FREE listing in the 2014 business directory, sent to 3000 Marden Parish residents and businesses.

The letter contained the details we currently have for you. We kindly ask that you return this page to us with any amendments in the FreePost envelope that was enclosed as soon as possible.

Again, a BIG THANK YOU to those who have already responded.

News for the Village – December 2013

Chainhurst – Marden –
New York

On 3rd November, Miranda Pigott of Travel Finders completed the New York Marathon! Miranda ran in aid of The Kent Air Ambulance Trust.

“It was a fairly daunting affair being in a foreign city having only just started running in May. However I am happy to say I completed the Marathon in 5 hours. It was a wonderful moment to cross the finish line, feeling relief that the pain and hard work had paid off!!!”

If you would like to make a donation, please visit Miranda’s Just Giving page

Miranda Pigott

Marden at Christmas

Saturday 7th December saw Marden’s Christmas Fair return for 2013. The day included a craft fair, Morris dancers, a raffle and children’s face painting. Father Christmas even dropped by!

Father Christmas

The MBF was proud to have provided the Grotto gifts for the children.

Housing Developments

Marden was designated to build an extra 320 homes as part of Government Policy, but this figure is likely to increase as a result of Maidstone Borough Council local plans.

All applications are discussed by the Parish Council in public, so to find the next meeting and voice your opinion visit the Marden PC website

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Newsletter October 2013

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MBF News & Events – October 2013

MP Helen Grant at the Unicorn
13th December

Helen Grant

Come along to the Unicorn Pub to meet Helen Grant, Maidstone & The Weald MP and Minister for Sport and Equalities.

The event is hosted by John Warnett of BBC Radio Kent, commencing at 6pm on 13th December, Members and a guest welcome.

New Members

Members

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

Sally Paffard – Pilates Foundation teacher based in Marden and Cranbrook.

Massage Angel – Denise Macey, fully qualified, insured and registered Massage Therapist offering sports and holistic massage.

Simpson’s Sound Ltd. – Peter Simpson, Piano and Keyboard Tuition catering for all ages and abilities.

Anno Distillers Limited – Kent’s first micro-distillery and the first to start distilling gin in the county for over 200 years.

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

7.5 Tonne Weight Restriction

The temporary 7.5 tonne weight restriction through Yalding 6 month consultation period ends soon. The experiment is scheduled to be in place for 18 months.

You may agree with it or disagree, but make your individual representation to KCC Highways Department as each email counts for 1 opinion.

If you wish to make your representation on the scheme, you can do so by clicking here until the consultation period ends at noon on 7th November.

Road Works

Up to date road work details and Parish Council minutes are now available through the MBF website

News for the Village – October 2013

Chainhurst – Marden
New York

Miranda Pigott of Travel Finders is running in this weekends New York Marathon in support of The Kent Air Ambulance.

To view Miranda’s Just Giving page and make a donation click here.

Travel Finders

Is your shed safe?

Shed Poster

Housing Developments

Marden was designated to build an extra 320 homes as part of Government Policy, but this figure is likely to increase as a result of Maidstone Borough Council local plans.

All applications are discussed by the Parish Council in public, so to find the next meeting and voice your opinion visit the Marden PC website

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Newsletter August 2013

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MBF News & Events – August 2013

Neighbourhood Plan Workshop

Marden

Come along to the Memorial Hall from 09:30am until 1pm on Saturday 21st September. The meeting will look into the environment in and around Marden and issues affecting conservation, industry and housing.

Click here for more information

Members Evening
3rd October

Come along to meet your committee and fellow members over a welcome drink and nibbles. Commencing at 6pm on Thursday 3rd October at Stile Bridge Pub, Marden.

Marden

MP at the Unicorn
13th December

Helen Grant

Come along to the Unicorn Pub commencing at 6pm to meet Helen Grant MP on 13th December, Members and a guest welcome.

The event is hosted by John Warnott of BBC Fame.

7.5 Tonne Weight Restriction

The temporary 7.5 tonne weight restriction through Yalding 6 month consultation period ends soon. The experiment is scheduled to be in place for 18 months.

You may agree with it or disagree, but make your individual representation to KCC Highways Department as each email counts for 1 opinion.

If you wish to make your representation on the scheme, you can do so by clicking here until the consultation period ends at noon on 7th November.

Marden Scout HQ

Over the weekend Marden Scouts discovered that their HQ (situated behind the library) was in need of professional renovation. On top of this they had a break in Sunday night.

If any members are able to offer assistance in any way please click here for more information

Road Works

Up to date road work details and Parish Council minutes are now available through the MBF website

News for the Village – August 2013

Ben Miller Sketch Show

Three hours of filming for Ben Miller’s new silent sketch show took place last week at Stanleys Garage. It is hoped that should this “Taster” be successful and a series made, Marden will become their preferred village.

Read the full story

Ben Miller

Is your shed safe?

Shed Poster

Children’s Centre

Kent County Council are currently consulting on reducing the number of Children’s Centres in Kent, or in some cases reducing operating hours or linking services between centres. The Marden Children’s Centre is due for closure

Click Here for the full story.

Housing Developments

Marden was designated to build an extra 320 homes as part of Government Policy, but this figure is likely to increase as a result of Maidstone Borough Council local plans.

All applications are discussed by the Parish Council in public, so to find the next meeting and voice your opinion visit the Marden PC website

Ghana Rama

James Stanlake is hosting a fund raising disco and live music event on Saturday 12th October, to fund a community building project trip to Ghana in 2014.

Click here for more information

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Newsletter July 2013

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Newsletter July 2013

Membership

Thank you for your renewal. It’s great to welcome 63 paid up Marden businesses.

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Committee Membership

Chairman: David Burton

Vice Chairman: Liz Stanley

Treasurer: Angus Boucher

Secretary: Steve Ford

Committee Member: Bob Long

Committee Member: Ben McGannan

Committee Member: Andrew Streek

MBF Events

3rd October
Meet and Greet at Stile Bridge Pub

Marden

Come along to meet your committee and fellow members for an hour over a welcome drink and nibbles. Commencing at 6pm on Thursday 3rd October at Stile Bridge Pub, Marden.

13th December
Meet Helen Grant MP

Come along to the Unicorn Pub commencing at 6pm to meet Helen Grant MP on 13th December, Members and a guest welcome.

Helen Grant

What a success!

The Kent Air Ambulance meet and greet evening on Thursday 25th July was a great success. MBF members were able to meet the team and find out about the work of Kent Air Ambulance.

Kent Air Ambulance

News for the Village

A Great Day for Marden

A new TV series by Production Company “Hattrick”, written and staring Ben Miller, will film a “taster” show in Marden later this year.

MBF Vice-Chairman, Liz Stanley recently hosted the Production and Location Managers who loved the village and all of the local shop and inn keepers.

Click Here for more the full story.

Marden

Virgin Arrival at Marden Church

Virgin Hot Air Balloon

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Newsletter June 2013

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Newsletter June 2013

Membership

Invoices have gone out to members to renew their annual membership at a cost of £24 for the year 2013 / 2014.  Please pay promptly. email for Bank details if you prefer to pay by Bank Transfer

Committee Membership

Andrew Streek has joined the committee.

Upcoming MBF Events

Meet Kent Air Ambulance

Come along at 6pm on a Thursday evening to be confirmed in July, to meet the team and find out about the work of Kent Air Ambulance.

Kent Air Ambulance

Meet and Greet members evening

Marden

Come along to meet your committee and fellow members for an hour over a welcome drink and nibbles. Commencing at 6pm on Thursday 3rd October at Stile Bridge Pub, Marden.

Meet Helen Grant MP

Come along to the Unicorn Pub commencing at 6pm to meet Helen Grant MP on 13th December, Members and a guest welcome.

Helen Grant

Upcoming Village Events

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Open Day

Open Day coming up on 22nd June at Memorial Hall, Marden, from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Click Here for more details, about the proposed developments in the village.

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Marden Fete

Saturday 6th July 2013, 1.30-6.00pm, Southons Field, Marden
Free entry, programmes on sale in village shops and pubs

Marden Fete

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Newsletter April 2013

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Welcome to the first News Sheet

Below are a few items that we have been asked to circulate amongst the Marden Business Forum membership.

 News from your recently elected Committee

Follow the link to find out more: Kent Healthy Business Pilot

Please read and complete the online survey.

2013 Swinging Picnic in the Park The 2013 Swinging Picnic in the Park will be held on
Saturday 8th June, from 3:30pm until 9:00pm.

The event is a cross between a family fun day, a fete and the “Last night of the Proms”.

All donors will receive a mention in the event programme.

For more information contact Brian Woodgate
01622 743011

7.5 Tonne Weight Limit  KCC are proposing a 7.5 tonne weight restriction in the villages surrounding Marden.

Whether you are for or against the scheme,
click here for more information

Any comments should be sent to Ben Hilden at KCC

Marden Village Fete Saturday 6th July 2013

Southons Field, Marden

For more information: mardenfete@ymail.com

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