Businesses dock at Medway expo
by Natalie Vincent Fri 12 January 2018, 3:46 pm
Fifty exhibitors and 500 delegates attended a business expo at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham on 7 November, to showcase opportunities for investment and development throughout Kent.
The 2017 Kent B2B Event was organised by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Medway Council.
Attracting more than 500 business delegates from across Kent to hear about investment opportunities, the event included keynote speeches from Richard Hicks, Medway Council's director of regeneration, community and culture – who spoke about the ongoing Strood regeneration – and Matthew Norwell of the Thames Gateway project, outlining major plans for developing the North Kent region.
Local business leaders from in and around Medway also spoke, including Matthew Russell of the Chatham-based Copper Rivet Distillery, who revealed his journey building the region's first specialised gin distillery.
The exhibition hosted various workshops throughout the day, including gin tasting and one-to-one health checks by the Medway Public Health Team, who also advised on encouraging healthier work practices for firms.
Jane Chitty, Medway Council's portfolio holder for planning, economic growth and regulation, praised the exhibition: "We were delighted to be the main sponsor of the Kent B2B Event and showcase the many advantages that Medway has for businesses, particularly our strategic location, transport links and business facilities.
"Hundreds of delegates attended the event and were given a comprehensive insight into the many opportunities the area holds."