Our last networking event before lockdown 1 was at Knole Academy and it was great to be back there last week. Hand sanitiser and masks still available to all!

Thanks to the team at Knole for providing the refreshments and allowing us to use the Oaks Theatre once again.

Dave Collins, Headteacher, welcomed all present and talked about the high achieving exam results during covid and the resilient nature of the pupils now coming out into the workplace. He introduced Julie Grant, Career Leader and Adviser and Russell Turner, head of Sixth Form. They would both love you to engage with their work experience, apprenticeship and skills programmes.

To get in touch with Julia call 01732 454608 ext 201/258 or email JGrant@KnoleAcademy.org

Knole also work very closely with all schools in the town including Sevenoaks School. Dave introduced Head teacher Jesse Elzinga who spoke briefly about the links and hoped that we could hold a networking event there soon.

Jeremy Major, Deputy Head, spoke about their exciting new initiative the ‘Knole Community Store’. This is to support the disadvantaged families within the school community with nutritious food produce and hygiene products. He asked local businesses for support either financially through the following bank account: Lloyds Bank, Knole Academy Trust, Payment ref: Community sort code: 30 97 49 acct no: 19439368 or donations of toiletries, household products, tinned goods or fresh vegetables and fruit.

Please please help such a valuable cause – no young person, or their family should go hungry – this is 2021 and this is Sevenoaks!

Clare Strange talked more about the partnership links with all primary and secondary schools locally. If as a business you would like to get involved with sponsoring any of their events please get in touch with Clare on CStrange@KnoleAcademy.org

Jade Pluck, one of our Chamber Board Directors hosted the event and provided information about the following:

A COP26 in-depth analysis event and webinar date to be confirmed with the members of the Environment Business Network

November events with the Chamber:

HR & Employment Law Round Table – November 10th BOOK HERE
Netwalking in Knole Park – November 11th BOOK HERE
Swanley Business Expo – November 18th a few stands still available.
Free Business Breakfast networking before the opening of the show for all book HERE
Evening Networking at Sevenoaks Business Hub November 24th 6pm BOOK HERE

Many thanks to James Holland for providing the photography for the event. You can view the images on our gallery HERE

Congratulation to Adrian Ford Crush who won a meal for 2 in the Mange Tout restaurant in the business card draw. We raised £85 for the Knole Community Store Fund. Thank you for your generous donations.

Details of all the facilities available for hire at Knole Academy can be found on the school website HERE

We look forward to seeing you all again soon.