Prepare to be inspired, motivated and to take action

26 April 2018 | Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel, Pembury | 8.30am - 2.50pm

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  • Be inspired and learn from REAL experts who have achieved incredible success
  • Increase sales effectiveness and revenue
  • Feel inspired to succeed and regain focus
  • Discover new and innovative ways to help your profits grow
  • Hear the very latest on digital marketing and what you need to be doing NOW
  • Meet like-minded growing businesses and expand your network 

"If you are ambitious and growing your business, then you need to attend this conference. As a director of a start up in the life science sector with big global plans, I plan to be there, to meet other like minded people with similar challenges and learn from the amazing line up of speakers."

Jane Ollis
IoD Kent Chair
Director of Quvium

West Kent Conference

26 April 2018 

Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel, Pembury | 8.30am-2.50pm

FREE to all West Kent Enterprise Advisor Network Members

We value your privacy and will never spam you or share your details with anyone.

West Kent Conference

26 April 2018 

Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel, Pembury | 8.30am-2.50pm

£27+VAT for all other delegates

We value your privacy and will never spam you or share your details with anyone.

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The programme includes:


Inspiring our future workforce

An interactive panel session, chaired by Nicolas Heslop, introducing the West Kent Enterprise Adviser Network. The network links schools and businesses across West Kent to provide meaningful encounters with the world of work. Businesses who become involved become part of a national network of business volunteers making a lasting positive impact on the futures of young people. Learn about the many benefits to your business from engaging with the Network.


Economic Update

Agent, Agency for the South East & East Anglia Bank of England

Phil started with the Bank of England in 1987 having spent three years teaching economics and mathematics in SE London.

After four years working as a statistician on money supply data, Phil moved to the management's accounts office in the Bank, providing detailed cost briefing to Governors and Directors.

In 1994 Phil joined the Bank of England's agency network,

in October 2008 he was appointed to be the Agent in the South East & East Anglia.

Phil will be giving an economic update looking at the latest Bank of England’s forecasts for growth and inflation and market perceptions on the future path of interest rates. You will get an insight into the Bank’s thinking on Monetary Policy, a look at the latest market perceptions, a review of current economic data and why the Bank uses soft data to inform its decision making

Chief Executive, Shepherd Neame

Joined the Company in 1991. Was Company Secretary until July 1994 and Tied Trade Director until 1999 when he was appointed Managing Director; he was appointed Chief Executive in 2003. He is a Barrister-at-law and was a Management Consultant with the COBA Group from 1987 to 1991.

He is a Non-Executive Director of the St Austell Brewery Company Ltd and a trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation. He was Chairman of the British Beer and Pub Association until December 2015 and then became Chairman of Visit Kent from this date. In July 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent.

Entrepreneur Panel Session 

An interactive panel session, hosted by Jane Ollis, IoD Kent Chair, Director of Quvium. This engaging and lively session will feature three West Kent based business people. 

How to escape marketing overwhelm

Business Growth Consultant 

Kim Arnold is a UK-renowned business growth expert who achieves some spectacular marketing and sales results.

She’s spent two decades getting businesses to ditch their boring corporate jargon and bland branding so they become irresistible to their clients. She has worked for Deutsche Bank and Thomson Reuters and is a ghost writer for CEOs in all the major business press including the Times and the Financial Times.

Do you hate marketing your business (but want more clients)?
Do you struggle with
  • Juggling marketing with running your business 
  • Dipping your toe in a bit of social media and blogging, but not winning more clients
  • Feeling paralysed and overwhelmed by the sheer avalanche of marketing options available
(but knowing you need to do something)

You’re not alone. If you want to get on top of your marketing once and for all, now’s your chance. Kim will share her secrets on how to attract more clients, faster, and the tricks to effortless, effective marketing.


Supercharge your Brand

Disruptive marketer, paleontologist, founder of the Brand Bucket Company, author, serial entrepreneur, marketing and rebrand expert

Also known as the Challenge Marketer..

A sought after face of experience for the last 29 years through his unique marketing engagement with over 450 brand launches to his name

In this dynamic and interactive session, you will be taken through a brand framework that has been applied to over 4700 products and services worldwide.

Building your brand is no different to the way big corporates build their brands. It is no longer just about ‘what’ you do or ‘why’ you do what you do but all about ‘how’ you engage with the people who buy from you. All brought to life with real examples and stories to get you thinking and to help you supercharge your brand.

Having worked with some of the biggest brands in the world his experience and wealth of knowledge is immense

Find out how marketing works today and how to engage prospects in a new way

Preparing for Artificial Intelligence – the next wave of business disruption

Managing Director, Zoodikers

Katie King is recognised in the field of artificial intelligence, social business and is a regular commentator on TV and radio

Change is now the only constant for today’s Kent business. Whilst many still grapple with using social channels and evolving into becoming social businesses, lurking around the corner are the further dizzying challenges posed by artificial intelligence

Deloitte's latest report reveals that many leaders are unprepared to deal with the future of work and a digitised workforce. So how can businesses balance the achievement of their business goals today whilst preparing for future innovation?

Katie will be speaking about how you must prepare for artificial intelligence – the next wave of business disruption.

Plus .....

The West Kent Partnership will be talking about grants and free business support available in the West Kent area to help SME’s grow and thrive.

Don't take our word for it .... testimonials

It was a fantastic show and venue, very professional but light hearted too, it was well attended and we felt looked after all day. I would definitely recommend GrowKent and look forward to the next one. Thanks again.


The GrowKent Maidstone event was a friendly & very useful opportunity to network with the Maidstone business community along with learning new trends and tactics with various marketing and business tools or strategies. Overall it was one of the most useful business events of 2017.

J&J Systems


This is a MUST GO event in my diary, one not to miss. As a small business owner you can feel quite isolated and going to an event like this means you can access top advice from leaders in their sectors with the additional bonus of meeting the great speakers on a one to one basis to talk about your business. Truly an inspiring event - Have the Ashford one already noted in my diary.

South East Timber & Damp Limited

Having recently started my own business, I found the event very useful and received some great help and advice from delegates where you could share information and discuss challenges one encounters in a relaxed and convivial environment. The speakers line up was superb and the knowledge imparted was of high value and you could even schedule one to one time. I was getting a little sceptical of such events, but the GrowKent team did an amazing job and thanks must go to the sponsors who made the whole event possible.

DMCS Consulting

SIX business growth experts reveal how to unlock accelerated growth for your business - without risking your assets (money) or your lifestyle

Who should attend?

Owners and directors of small to medium sized business, including start-ups, who are frustrated by the lack of income and profit growth.

FREE to all West Kent Enterprise Adviser Network Members.

Or £27+VAT for all other delegates. Includes:

  • 1.

    SIX World Class speakers

  • 2.

    TWO exciting panel sessions with a West Kent focus

  • 3.

    THREE networking opportunities with breakfast rolls, morning refreshments and sandwich lunch

  • 4.

    ONE conference guide

  • 5.

    OVER £100 worth of products from our speakers

West Kent Conference

26 April 2018 

Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel, Pembury | 8.30am - 2.50pm

FREE to all West Kent Enterprise Advisor Network Members

We value your privacy and will never spam you or share your details with anyone.

West Kent Conference

26 April 2018 

Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel, Pembury | 8.30am-2.50pm


We value your privacy and will never spam you or share your details with anyone.