Doing Business In Canterbury: Talk by Lisa Carlson and Bob Jones

7.30 pm on Wednesday 23 May at St Peter’s Methodist Church Hall

The prosperity of our city depends on a whole range of businesses, from the universities to shops and cafes, and from professional services to internet start-ups. This raises many questions. How can the city help businesses to grow and prosper at a time of uncertainty? What can be done to encourage young people leaving university to stay and set up new businesses? How can the heritage on which the prosperity of the city depends be conserved and protected? How can tourism be managed so that it benefits rather than harms the community? And what can be done about the graffiti, litter and garish shop fronts which disfigure so much of the city?

This event will feature two speakers with expert knowledge of doing business in the city. Lisa Carlson is CEO of the Canterbury Business Improvement District (BID). She has worked at the World Bank and as a researcher at the LSE and has a background in media and operations in the charity sector. Bob Jones was the Regional Manager for Marks and Spencer, before becoming CEO of the Business Link service in Kent, a member of the Board of C4B and the first CEO of the BID.

We welcome this opportunity to hear from these expert speakers and hope that many local residents, as well as members of the business community, will come along to contribute to a discussion about this important aspect of life in Canterbury.

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