The French will be descending on east Kent in search of their perfect partner in a speed dating event with a difference.

But don’t start the serenading just yet — this event is strictly business!

It’s all about engagement between continental and Kentish companies.

“We are hoping many small businesses will find their perfect relationship through a partner to help exports,”

said Natalia Sukhram, Project Development Manager for Canterbury City Council, which is behind the initiative.

Most alluring for the French are Kent businesses in I.C.T, finance, marketing, creative industries, tourism, the environment and food services, said Paul Spree, Local Economy Support Officer for Canterbury City Council.

“We are only looking for businesses in the requested sectors as this will form a match making exercise,” said Paul.

The event is supported by the 2 Seas Trade group, a project supported by Canterbury City Council that receives European Union funding to help businesses from Kent and the Nord-Pas de Calais region of France develop links, along with companies in East & West Flanders and South West Netherlands.

The event will be held on December 13th and has proven so popular with the French that the organizers had to switch to two venues — Broome Park Golf Club in Barham near Canterbury and — appropriately — Rendezvous at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. The day will include a networking lunch and ice breaking activity, followed by “speed networking.” Over 45 French businesses have registered so far.

Any businesses interested in attending should email Space is limited to 25 places for Kent businesses at either venue and — as a match making service — attendance won’t be guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email.

Paul Spree

Local Economy Support Officer
Canterbury City Council
T: 01227 862532
F: 01227 470599


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