As we get full swing back on the work rollercoaster – with the New Year’s break but a hazy memory – it’s important to mix a good dose of pleasure with business.
Kent Business Tweetups are a window of fun during the working week. I started the get-togethers with Ken Lloyd and Maggie Langley a couple of years ago in Whitstable and Herne Bay because we felt there was a big need for a free networking event to help local businesses support each other. We quickly expanded to Canterbury. Our first Tweetup of this year at Lenleys in the Terrazzo restaurant, was attended by 35 local company leaders swapping cards, gossip and business. The Tweetups are now spreading across Kent.
The meeting was opened by Marcus Ball and Diego Bejarano, inspiring young men who graduated in Canterbury last year, and are on a mission to stop the ‘brain drain’ of local talent draining on the train to London. They teamed up to create Ambition House, which is pioneering something they describe as Group Founding – an innovative way of creating new companies whilst at the same time providing employability. Their company creates start-ups with teams of students and graduates for the purposes of education, social benefit and mutual profit, explains Marcus.
The company recently received an invitation from Europe’s largest student consultancy to create a joint venture in Canterbury. The partnership promises to bring new investment and jobs to Kent, according to the duo. There’s also the potential for a partnership with Kent County Council, which has mentioned the possibility of funding and other support.
The company is gaining recognition farther afield too, with the Kairos Society naming them as one of the highest potential student & graduate start-ups in the world this year.
Ambition House is still an early stage project, but with its mission of mobilising Canterbury’s technical student talent it seems clear that in time it can bring great value. Check them out at www.ambitionhouse.com
Meanwhile at Lenleys it was great to see one of our more established independent businesses thriving, taking on a new sales & web development manager, David Wareing, from Sittingbourne.
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