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June 2021

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Love Where We Live Awards 2021
LOVE WHERE WE LIVE 2021
We wanted to let you know that this year’s Love Where We Live Awards are now open for nominations!
 
Our annual community awards celebrate and reward some of the amazing individuals, groups of people and organisations who help make our borough a great place to live. This year more than ever we wanted to invite everyone to thank those individuals and organisations who have made such a difference to people’s lives locally during the challenging times we have found ourselves in recently.
 
You can read about the categories and make your nomination here
Or join in the conversation on Facebook @lovewherewelive
 
We do hope that you will feel inspired to send us your own nomination this year and help ensure that even more special people in our borough are recognised for their extraordinary qualities, work and commitment.
REBUILD CONFIDENCE WORKSHOPS FROM VISIT KENT AND SELEP
REBUILDING CONFIDENCE

FREE series of virtual, interactive workshops to help you rebuild consumer confidence, increase demand in your business and drive recovery.


During these sessions, we will be joined by an expert who will share best practice and case studies around each topic. There will also be an opportunity to collaborate with your peers and learn from other businesses during the interactive section of the sessions.

Please find the details of each session below and the link to register. 
 
Rebuilding Consumer Confidence
With the successful rollout of the vaccine in the UK, consumers are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with 48% believing that the worst of the pandemic has now passed. However, confidence in visiting indoor attractions, attending events, travelling by public transport and visiting a busy town or city centre remains subdued. This session will discuss practical tips and best practice examples of how to encourage visitors back and help your customers feel comfortable.

Wednesday 23rd June 2021
2.00pm - 3.30pm 
Click here to register

Co-produce marketing messages with your destination
With international travel restrictions in place, 2021 will see consumers looking at staycations to fulfil their travel needs, with many keen to explore new destinations within their home region or country. Having a cohesive destination message, developed in partnership with your Destination Management Organisation, will be key to ensure your voice is heard above the noise and that visitors are inspired to explore your local area. This session will discuss how to maximise tools and messages created by your DMO and how you can increase reach through collaboration with destination partners.

Wednesday 30th June 2021
10.00am - 11.30am 
Click here to register

Adapt your business model to new trends
The pandemic has led to a seismic shift in consumer priorities leading to long-term changes in behaviour. Certain travel trends such as seeking authentic experiences and wellbeing activities have been accelerated, whilst others that had been gaining momentum have taken a step backwards, including visitors spending more time planning and increasingly booking last minute. This session will discuss how you can respond to these trends in your business to create new revenue streams or reach new audiences to support your recovery.

Wednesday 7th July 2021
2.00pm - 3.30pm 
Click here to register

Design new packages in collaboration with other businesses
The pandemic has shown the incredible innovation in our sector and that collaboration between businesses has been crucial to survival. Consumers are looking for new ways to experience our destinations and they want them to be easy to find and book. This session will help channel this ingenuity to help you develop new products in partnership with other local businesses. This will include practical tips such as how to manage the partnership or price a product, with success stories from across the region.

Wednesday 14th July 2021 
10.00am - 11.30am
Click here to register

Hosted & organised by Visit Kent Business, funded by SELEP
KENT BIGGER WEEKEND - OPEN TO ALL BUSINESSES IN THE TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR
from VISIT KENT


The 2021 Kent Big Weekend ballot has now opened to the public, but there's still time to submit tickets.

The ballot to the public opened last week and already a huge amount of interest and ticket applications have taken place. 
 
If you've not yet had a chance to submit tickets, you can email the friendly Big Weekend team who can quickly support you to get your tickets live and available for the public ballot. 
 
In order to accommodate the current restrictions, we have extended the ticket validity throughout the campaign period to allow you to have complete control over when tickets are redeemed, to manage your capacity and visitor flow. 
 
This year's Kent Big Weekend is bigger and better than ever, with the event running from 26th June until 23rd July and supported by a multi-media marketing campaign.
 
We are also excited to be extending the offer to Essex and East Sussex residents, encouraging more staycation holidays in Kent!

Even if you are not directly involved you can help spread the word by using the toolkit below.
Download the Kent Bigger Weekend Toolkit
Creative industries fund: fast start business growth pilot
UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative sector can apply for a package of support to grow their business. This package includes ongoing support from Innovate UK EDGE and funding of up to £25,000 for innovation projects.
Competition opens: Monday 17 May 2021
Competition closes: Wednesday 16 June 2021 11:00am
Apply Now
Restart Grant for business - Tunbridge Wells Borough
Further information and apply
Email us to discuss eligibility
Flexi season tickets here for Southeastern Trains
WFH Fridays, in the office Wednesday?
or maybe Tuesday?

It's up to you now with the new flexi-season ticket available from Southeastern,
Find out more
Have you seen the newly revamped tourism website? Take a look now
Business helpline for Kent and Medway Businesses 0333 602300
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