The 2nd in our series of the Great Round Table Debate

The 2nd in our series of the Great Round Table Debate

[wpcol_1quarter id=”” class=”” style=””][/wpcol_1quarter] [wpcol_1quarter id=”” class=”” style=””][/wpcol_1quarter] [wpcol_1quarter id=”” class=”” style=””][/wpcol_1quarter] [wpcol_1quarter_end id=”” class=”” style=””][/wpcol_1quarter_end] [wpcol_1quarter id=”” class=”” style=””]John Bowden, Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial at ClarksonWright & Jakes solicitors.[/wpcol_1quarter] [wpcol_1quarter id=”” class=”” style=””]Brian Whiting, Managing Director of Whiting & Hammond independent pub and restaurant group.[/wpcol_1quarter] [wpcol_1quarter id=”” class=”” style=””]Richard Gould, Managing Director of TerraBlu homecare support.[/wpcol_1quarter] [wpcol_1quarter_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Vince Green, Partner with CCW Recovery Solutions.[/wpcol_1quarter_end]Since So Tunbridge Wells was launched in 2008 it has established a reputation for high standards, innovation and profiling the dynamic businesses and personalities that make our town so great. This month we yet again break new ground with the first in a series of Round Table debates. The idea of bringing together local business leaders for round table debates has proved an instant hit with our readers. Edited highlights of the first of the debates were published in the magazine itself in January and led hundreds of you to follow the discussion online where an audio version was available along with a full unedited transcript. Our thanks for all the positive feedback and suggestions for future round tables.
The idea is to bring together on a regular basis local professionals (each recognised as being among the leaders in their field) to discuss issues impacting those who live and work in the area of Tunbridge Wells. Many issues, though, will be ‘national’ but will touch the lives of those in our community. Our aim is to put a local perspective on them and to give them a local voice.
Our current panel includes a lawyer, a home care provider, an insolvency practitioner and the boss of a pub/restaurant group; a balanced cross section that’s featured below.
We once again sat them down together in the Brew House Hotel, turned on the microphones and encouraged them to chat about a raft of interesting topics including…

The year so far:

The first two weeks were really good then the wheels came off
I’m cutting manager’s pay by about 10%, it’s a really bloody time
Directors are more cautious aiming at survival rather than growth

Planning and paying for care in later life:

I was really surprised that this nursing home charges £1,000 a week
The question is not should people be made to pay but can they afford it
People will not be able to leave their children their home
One of our clients used to work on a farm and had sheep living in her home
A bit of money and planning can keep us in our own homes longer

The immediate future:

A lot of goodies are coming along that will give us the feel food factor
The Queen’s Jubilee and Olympics will restore the ‘great’ in Britain
Doing well in the European Football Championships will give us a buzz
If people feel good they are happy to spend a little bit more money

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To read full transcript of ’The Great Round Table Debate’ click here

For more information please contact Richard Moore on 01892 779650 or email


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