Business Ambassadors.

Business Ambassadors.

Become a Business Ambassador for Medway’s Bid!

Medway’s City of Culture bid is joining forces with the Medway Champions to invite businesses and business people across Medway, Kent and the South East to become Business Ambassadors for the bid.

Ambassadors will:

  • Take part in sector-specific working groups and conversations to develop Medway’s bid.
  • Be an active Ambassador for the bid across their networks and sector.
  • Demonstrate their support for the bid across their sites and channels and throughout the bid period.

What does City of Culture mean for Medway businesses?

Hosting would be a game-changer for Medway and bring significant benefits to Medway businesses including:

  • Job creation
  • Supporting and developing the visitor economy
  • Creating footfall in town centres
  • Training and development for young people in Medway
  • Providing an economic boost
  • Speeding up COVID recovery
  • Assisting in recruiting to the area
  • Promoting student retention
  • Putting Medway on the national map
  • Increasing pride in the area
  • Creating a legacy for future generations

Become a Business Ambassador today



There is much to be celebrated and much to offer in terms of the tourism and creative sectors, coupled with the opportunities presented by the wider Thames Estuary area. We are pleased to support Medway’s bid and this chance to showcase the great qualities of the area. We hope this bid to become a City of Culture will act as a catalyst to stimulate the economy by highlighting these attributes.


Adam Bryan

Chief Executive, South East Local Enterprise Partnership

Thames Gateway Partnership Kent is committed to championing and supporting Medway’s bid. The scale and ambition of Medway’s year-long programme will have significant social, cultural and economic impact not just in Medway, but across North Kent and the wider Estuary, creating a substantial long-term legacy of increased visitor numbers, stronger communities and investment.

Matthew Norwell

Chief Executive, Thames Gateway Partnership Kent

Many of the schools in Medway are coming together to form the Medway Creative Schools Network, aiming to share opportunities and resource for all students to develop greater cultural awareness and understanding. We are proud to support the City of Culture bid and believe that by developing pride and ownership of the fantastic cultural activity in Medway, we further prepare young people to be ambassadors for our local community.


Mandy Gage

Medway Creative Schools Network

Being City of Culture offers huge opportunities for businesses of all sizes and sectors. Businesses across Medway and surrounding Kent have a key role to play in the success of Medway’s City of Culture bid. We urge all local businesses to sign up to be Ambassadors.

David Ward and Katie Pickett

Co-Chairs, Medway Business Engagement Working Group

Benefits for Ambassadors

  • The opportunity to shape the ambition of Medway’s bid for the long term benefit of your organisation and sector.
  • Networking opportunities across your sector and the wider Medway business community.
  • Favourable sponsorship and promotion opportunities across bid advertising and materials online and across the public realm.
  • Automatic Medway Champions membership giving access to networking and business promotion opportunities across Medway, regular meetings and speaker events.

"1 in 4 businesses surveyed took on new staff and 1 in 5 extended opening hours. Over half of businesses felt that Hull 2017 had contributed to increased turnover."

The Impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Evaluation

Our Business Ambassadors

Medway is such an up and coming area, yet so few people recognise it as such!

We're keen to be a part of this enormous change, which will make such a difference for so many.

Joe Gallant

Business Owner, Be Gallant

The Chatham Maritime Trust is a supporter of Medway's City of Culture bid because we see the bid as an excellent opportunity for the promotion of Medway nationally and as such, the Trust want to do all in its power to encourage and promote this bid.

Julian Perry

Chief Executive, Chatham Maritime Trust

What an honour for Pinkys Beauty to be involved and represent the bid, not only build businesses within Medway, but also to help engage with all generations to create strong foundations and relationships within the community for many years to come.

Katie Pickett

Business Owner, Pinkys Beauty
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