Here is your monthly business update from the Economic Development Team at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Meet your new Councillors
Cllr Justine Rutland: Cabinet Member for Tunbridge Wells Town and Local Areas
My Cabinet role includes economic development, business engagement and tourism. The new TWBC administration wishes to create welcoming, vibrant and greener towns and villages in which all businesses can thrive – that includes street scene enhancements, encouraging footfall, and a business-friendly council that is your first port of call if you need advice or support. Away from TWBC, I am marketing lead at a local design agency, so I understand the value of good comms. I am grateful for all the feedback and ideas from the business owners I have met so far. I look forward to meeting more of you and hearing your views on how the council can support you and your business. And please drop me a line any time ( 
Cllr Matthew Sankey – Small Business Champion
As part of the new Borough Partnerships evolution of council operations, Champion roles have been created to help support Cabinet members in some specific areas of expertise. I am delighted to have been asked to become our first Small Business Champion. In this role it is my aim to help bridge the gap between the local authority and our ever-growing community of local entrepreneurs. My goal is to develop the relationship between local business and council officers to ensure that our borough has all the tools it needs to thrive and grow. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions that you think the Council can help with. (
Business updates
TWBC Business Portal launching soon!
TWBC is launching a new Business Portal to support local businesses. The Portal will signpost sources of advice and funding to help you start, relocate or grow your existing business in the borough. The Portal will also provide helpful information on: networking & business events, planning, licensing, environmental health and doing business with the Council. When it launches you will be able to click on the Business Portal red button on the Council’s homepage:

Funding & Advice for your business

The Kent & Medway Growth Hub continues to offer advice for local businesses on funding and other opportunities. Please call 03333602300 to speak to an advisor.
Local creatives – Kent County Council needs your feedback
Are you an artist, creative or creative business in Tunbridge Wells? Kent County Council is asking for feedback on the need of creative practitioners and businesses in Kent. It would be great if creative businesses from Tunbridge Wells could take part.
Take part in the survey here
Visit Tunbridge Wells updates
Tourist Information now in the Amelia

The tourist information service has now relocated to The Amelia Scott.
For online tourist information please direct people to our website: 

List your content on our website today!

The Visit Tunbridge Wells website currently has an average of 30,000 visitors a month and this number is increasing as we add new and exciting content from you!

You can contribute with:
  • Directory Listings - Promote your business
  • Events - Share your events that could be of interest to visitors or residents
  • Blogs - Written by residents and local businesses
  • Call for Content - This month we are updating our wedding, rainy days, spa breaks and Wineries/Wine Garden of England content
  • NEW Experiences - e.g., Afternoon Tea, classes/workshops, wine tasting, personal shopping, days out, tours etc.
Please send information about the topics above to The content we receive will feed into our website and social media campaigns and we will do our best to include your information.

Tag us and we will share!
Facebook @Visit Tunbridge Wells
Instagram @Officialvisittunbridgewells
Twitter @TwellsTourism


Another opportunity to get involved! The Kent Big Day Out organised by Visit Kent returns this year. The event celebrates the leisure, tourism and hospitality industry in the Garden of England by offering thousands of FREE tickets to Kent residents. Visit Kent are looking for entry tickets, afternoon teas, spa treatments, guided tours, meals and more. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote your business across the county! Deadline to register is Sunday 14th August 2022.
Why should you take part? FAQ’s

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Food & Drinks Festival in Calverley Grounds is back on 24 – 25 September 2022. Why not get involved - produce, food and beverage pitches and market stall tables are still available. There were 15,000 visitors at the last event! Contact:
Click here for more details
August Business Events
  • 16 August 10.30 AM – 12.00 PM: KICC Virtual Business Networking
Virtual (Zoom): Sign up here 
Tickets: FREE
  • 17 August 9:30 AM – 10.15 AM: Importing Goods Into The UK – Know The New Changes
Virtual (Zoom): Sign up here
Tickets: FREE
  • 23 August 6.30 AM: Tunbridge Wells Business over Breakfast (BoB Club)
Salomons Estate, Broomhill Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0TG
Tickets: £20
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