Faversham Business Partnership is the new generation of the FEP founded in 2004 by local councillors and business people to help boost the local economy. The FEP, managed by Laurence Young, led a series of projects and undertook research work which helped steer the local economy successfully through the recession. Faversham today has low unemployment and a vibrant town centre.
Business Improvement District in Faversham
Faversham Business Partnership is looking at a new initiative which would provide significant funds to support local businesses. It would enable businesses to work together and give them the power to decide how to improve the town and help local businesses.
This initiative is called a Business Improvement District (BID). There are currently over 200 BIDs across the country and the FBP is carrying out a feasibility study to find out how a BID might benefit Faversham.
For further information click the link on the left.
For details on our bi-monthly Faversham Business Partnership meeting, click here. These meeting are held in different locations around Faversham and start with a greet and meet, followed by a 15 - 20 minute presentation from guest speakers. Afterwards there is another opportunity to network and meet other businesses.
Who is a Faversham Business Partnership member.
To build on their successes in the early part of 2014 discussions began, to find the best way forward to continue to support local Faversham businesses in the changing market place hence the formulation of FBP (Faversham Business Partnership). Incorporating the Faversham Traders, Faversham Transport weekend, faversham.org, Faversham Rewards with continued overall business support and grant applications for the benefit of Faversham and surrounding areas, the new Partnership will have a greater focus on working directly with local businesses.
The Traders support has been instrumental in the evolution, the belief that business to business advice and information sharing is vital for a town’s welfare and success. The growth of the Faversham Traders group since its embryonic beginnings in 2010 has meant that Faversham has benefitted from increased footfall, marketing, social media, a credible and valuable resource in local business personnel talking and meeting regularly, free training, shared knowledge, excellent on-line advertising and directory hosted by faversham.org, generating a real sense and belief that Faversham is a good place to do business.
On Wednesday 1st October 2014, Faversham Business Partnership invited all local businesses and traders to their launch at the Alexander Centre. This was a resounding success, and the FBP team were delighted with the positive response and to see so many local businesses represented at the launch.
How do I become a Faversham Business Partnership Member?
You can contact us by one of the methods listed below.
In June 2015, Mercedes UK decided that Faversham and surrounding villages would make a fantastic back drop for their advertising campaign. The FBP office helped Casting House find suitable candidates for the 10 day shoot, and the results can be seen here. You may recognise a few local faces. We understand it was an incredible experience for all involved, and we hope Faversham continues to be a popular film location.
Wednesday 12th August, Tea with Helen Whately MP was a popular event at the Limes, and many FBP members took the opportunity to meet Helen ask questions and learn more about her vision as MP for Faversham and Mid Kent.
In October 2015 Faversham was delighted to be recognised as a Rising Star in the Great British High Street Awards.
On Monday 30th November, Lucy Guthrie and Grahame Kane will head up to Admiralty House in London to receive the award on behalf of Faversham.
Also in October the FBP was excited to show John Warnett and Maggie Doyle, hosts of the breakfast show on BBC Kent Radio, around Faversham and introduce them to business owners. And on Thursday 29th October we all enjoyed listening to the breakfast show with the Faversham feature.
Thursday 19th November saw the welcome return of Emily Turner, an expert in the power and use of social media. Emily talked us through the importance of social media and how to make the most of it.
Faversham Rewards had a Follow the Star promotion in December. The Star featured in a different Rewards business each day in December.
Business to Business offers
Faversham Business Partnership Members offers and discounts can be viewed here.
Why should I be a Faversham Business Partnership Member?
- Your business will have a page on faversham.org, the excellent directory and marketing tool for Faversham.
- Opportunities for you/your business to network, share information and listen to guest speakers that are relevant to your business.
- Gain business support and advice when you need it, the FBP team will help you find the support you need when you want it.
- Use of the Faversham Business Partnership logo.
- Shared communications, marketing and advertising opportunities, information on local activities.
Full details on membership packages can be seen here.
Be part of it
To find out when the next Faversham Business Partnership network/ business meeting is please click here.
To view past presentations please click here.
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The Faversham Business Partnership team
Samantha Nye, Debs Smith and Kieron Smith
Chris Bichard - Chair of the FBP believes the formation of a FBP will enable all local business to further benefit from the excellent, well-developed business support packages with its first class resources, advice and marketing. These are exciting times; towns have to be able to show they can work more closely together and not rely on grants, which in the past were more readily available. Faversham is a vibrant market town with a popular market, independent shops, enviable attractions, eateries, local pubs surrounded by scenic countryside and very proud of its heritage, we just need to make sure the wider world knows that too!
Businesses are invited to join FBP from as little as £12.35 per month membership.
Debs Smith - Business Support Officer Debs@faversham.org,
Samantha Nye - Finance Samantha@faversham.org,
Kieron Smith - Office Administrator Kieron@faversham.org
Christopher Bichard - Chairman - South East Coachworks
Fionuala Brenchley - Sayers - The Vaults
Peter Flowers - Town Councillor
Ben Hodges - Rickard Lazenby Financial Services
Kirsty Northwood - Saddlers Restaurant