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

Visitor Economy Networking Event
Friday 21st October 8–10 am @TrinityTheatre

As the tourism sector strives to recover from the pandemic, we would like to hear from you and explore how we can continue to work together to support you through the Visit Tunbridge Wells website, social media and other projects.

Meet our team and network with Tunbridge Wells businesses over locally sourced coffee and fresh pastries.

·       8:00 – 8:15    Arrival

·       8:15 - 9:15    Visit Tunbridge Wells presentation, Q&A time

·       9:15 - 10:00 Breakfast/Networking

Businesses in all sectors that benefit from the visitor economy in the borough are welcome, including food and beverage, accommodation, travel and tourism attractions, recreation and entertainment and many others.

Please email with any questions.

Register Here
Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Plan – Have your say!
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is working with LDA Design to prepare a Town Centre Plan for Royal Tunbridge Wells.
On Wednesday 12 October between 11.30 – 13.30 there will be a pop-up consultation desk near the Clock Tower at Fiveways in the town centre. If you are able to take a break from work, please come along and give your views on the town centre and how we should be planning for the future.
If you are not able to attend this event there will be an opportunity to give your views online via our Talking Point platform and we will provide details of this on our website and via social media. So please also look out for this.
We are very keen to hear the views of local businesses.
Free Promotional Opportunity in Local Magazine
Our Communications team is preparing the winter edition of Local, the Council’s quarterly residents’ magazine that is distributed to all households in the borough (48,000+).

For the second year they’ve asked us to pass on this message to you with information about a great idea for the magazine, and one we hope you’ll see as supportive and be able to join in with…

Local goes into homes week commencing 29 November. The edition will include an Advent calendar of Christmas baubles throughout the magazine. Just as we did last year, we’d like each numbered Advent bauble to include a message from a local business, with the ‘treat’ being something for readers at Christmas. Last year businesses who joined in told readers about:
  • A late-night shopping event
  • Something already planned for Christmas
  • Mulled wine or mince pies when visitors arrive
  • Free gift with purchase offer
  • Special discount for readers of Local
There is no catch and no cost. We see this as a small way to support local businesses and benefit residents at the same time. If we have too many treats for the number of baubles we’ll pick them at random and put all the others on a special festive page on our website, with a link in the magazine and on social media.

What do you need to do?
Send an email to with information about the treat from your business by 11 October. Please keep it short and sweet so that we don’t have to edit your words too much.

Any questions? Just email communications and we’ll be happy to help. If you haven’t seen Local before you can read the latest and archived editions here:
Local Magazine
West Kent Jobs & Training Fair 
The West Kent Jobs & Training Fair is taking place at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Royal Tunbridge Wells between 10 am and 2 pm on Tuesday 11th October. The Economic Development team is currently supporting Jobcentre Plus colleagues in encouraging local employers to attend the event. It is anticipated that there will be over 200 local jobseekers at the Fair, so if your business is looking to recruit and is interested in attending, please contact
FREE – New Google ‘Skills to Go’
Google have released a helpful new ‘Skills to Go’ training hub to support businesses. The hub covers a wide range of ways you can boost your digital platform and presence. It has everything from easily accessible 5-minute explainers, all the way to mini courses; so whether you have a few minutes or a whole afternoon, why not check it out?
Skills to Go Training
 UK SME Climate hub – your FREE net zero resource
The SME Climate hub is a new wraparound resource to help your business reduce its carbon footprint. The hub allows you to:
  • Calculate your emissions
  • Learn how to take action through a free course
  • Find resources and support (financial, strategy and other tools)
  • Commit to reducing your carbon footprint
  • Act, report and recognise your progress
All information and resources
Visit Tunbridge Wells updates
October - call for content
Seasonal content – we are updating our winter seasonal pages and we’d like to know your plans for bonfire night and Christmas.

Cosy winter – share with us your cosy images (fireplace dinner, candlelight, Christmas lights etc)

Gaming – As the days get colder and nights longer, we are looking for pubs/venues with board games, pool tables and more!

Please send information and photos 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 on social media and we will share!
Facebook @Visit Tunbridge Wells
Instagram @Officialvisittunbridgewells
Twitter @TwellsTourism
October Business Events
  • Kent & Medway Business Fund – Tunbridge Wells Launch
The Finance Hub, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Friday 7th October 2022, 10:00 – 12:00
Tickets are FREE
Register here 
  • Kent Business Event
Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Thursday 27th October, 10:00 – 13:00
Tickets are FREE
Register here 
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