Macmillan Coffee Morning

October 29, 2013

Canterbury Innovation Centre took part in the World’s biggest coffee morning.

We had a great time with our licensees for our coffee morning.  We had some lovely cakes on sale, we held a raffle and a sweepstake.  We raised a grand total of £120.60.

In the photo is Elodie and Tracy revealing the winner of the sweepstake.

Basepoint Brings Magic to Networking

October 9, 2013

A Magician, a journalist and a charity were on the menu for the Basepoint B2B South East Regional Networking Hub

Basepoint held another successful Regional Networking Hub which incorporated the Kent centres to include Chatham, Canterbury, Folkestone, Northfleet, Tilbury and Dartford.  52 local business people joined the event which took place at the beautiful Commissioners House in the Chatham Historic Dockyard.  Commissioner’s House was completed in 1704 for the Commissioner and his family. Above all it was built to entertain in grand style but it was also a family home.

Key speakers at the event were Janet Murray, Director of Last Word Group who gave an informative presentation on how to get national and regional press coverage for your business.  The second speaker Tom Andrews, founder and CEO of the charity People United, a creative laboratory, introduced the work of the charity and explored the intersection between the arts, entrepreneurship and kindness.

The Regional Networking Hub gave local businesses the opportunity to network free, meet new people and generate new business.  Each regional event will have key speakers presenting to the members on business ideas and best practice guides.

Jo Clark, centre manager at Canterbury Innovation Centre (Basepoint Canterbury) said: “Networking is really important for small businesses and events like The Regional Networking Hub will assist businesses keep in touch with no cost involved and also assist them in widening their networking circles by meeting clients from other areas. Basepoint centres have well established business communities and are the perfect place for businesses to meet, innovate and create”.

Congratulations to our winners of the business card prize draw who were Paula Weeks, of Kent Invicta Chamber, who won a bottle of champagne and Sean Lovell, of SLC Electrical and Building Services Ltd, who won vouchers to Buckmore Park Karting.

Special thanks to Buckmore Park for the prize draw donation, Janet Murray of The Last Word Group, Tom Andrews of People United and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for providing the fanatastic venueCommissioners House.

Congratulations to People United

July 25, 2012

People United Win a National Award

The winners of the first Better Places National Awards were announced at a ceremony in Manchester on 3 July.

The awards were organised by New Start – the UK’s leading magazine about making places better. They were searching for projects and programmes that demonstrated innovation and a commitment to inclusive approaches and wanted to celebrate initiatives that have gone that extra mile, reaching out to all sections of society and blazing a trail for others to follow.

People United won the Social Enterprise Award for their We All Do Good Things project in Herne Bay, Kent. The project was launched in 2009, collecting stories of kindness and love from the local community. Artists worked across the town to uncover and celebrate positive stories from bingo halls, schools, residential homes and hairdressing salons.

The project culminated in an exhibition and giant picnic for the community attracting more than 1,000 local people. Overall, the project involved around a sixth of the town’s population.

A research team at the University of Kent is now analysing its wider impact and We All Do Good Things has already inspired similar projects elsewhere. Its success hasn’t gone unnoticed in government. David Anderson, cohesion guidance and cross-government liaison at the Department for Communities and Local Government, says of the initiative:

 “Every now and again I hear about a local project which is both exceptional and inspiring, making me want to tell others about it. The work that People United have done falls into that category.

 It shows how a positive focus on what people have in common can help tackle difficult social issues. And like all great ideas, it is simple enough for others to copy, but also highly original.”

 The judges said: “The exciting thing about this initiative is that while it’s already demonstrated success, it’s also acting as a catalyst – and it can clearly be replicated elsewhere.”

 People United are delighted with the award as it recognises a project that harnessed the power of the arts to make a positive difference. We also won the Community Award presented by Canterbury City Council at the Culture Awards in 2011 for the same project.

Attached image – Sarah Fox, Project Manager at the Better Places National Awards Ceremony

Job Vacancies at CIC

July 18, 2012

We are currently recruiting for an Assistant Centre Manager here at the Canterbury Innovation Centre.  If you are interested please call Jo Clark on 01227 811700 for an application form and job description.  Be quick – closing date is 25th July 2012!!

Hello Caroline!

June 13, 2012

The Canterbury Innovation Centre welcomes its new receptionist today – Caroline O’Donnell.

Welcome to the mad house Caroline!

Fond farewell …………

May 28, 2012

to the wonderful Lizzy who spends her last day with us today.  Everyone here at the Canterbury Innovation Centre wish her the very best of luck in her new job.  You’ll be missed Lizzy.

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