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2nd June 2014 - Press Release

Port supports local business as new Patron of Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce

At the time when its Chief Executive is engaging local businesses in further developing the shared vision for Dover Western Docks Revival, the Port of Dover is delighted to announce that it has become a Patron of the Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce represents businesses in Dover and across East Kent.  By becoming a Patron, we can both better engage with our valued community business partners on shaping the future of the Port whilst also support them as the major business in this area.”

The Chamber works to help the local business community prosper and develop, providing advice to all sectors and sizes of business from sole traders to large companies and multi-nationals.

Tim Kidd, Chief Executive, Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is fantastic to have the Port as a Patron.  The Port is a major business handling £89 billion of trade each year, but it also supports many local businesses which supply goods and services to it and its customers.  The Port will be a great ambassador for local business, and its patronage demonstrates a great commitment to bring local benefit from an international business.”

Mr Waggott attended a networking breakfast last week, organised by the Chamber at the Best Western Dover Marina Hotel and Spa, the first event since the Port became a Patron.

Mr Waggott said: “Gaining the support and ideas from the local business community is vital, so what more fitting occasion than attending our first event as Patron of the main representative business organisation in the area.”

Mr Kidd added: “From the Port’s presentation and discussion with Chamber members, it is clear that local business is both supportive of the Port’s vision for reviving the Western Docks and the opportunities that this will bring to local businesses.  It is a win win situation and the Chamber will be working hard with the Port to ensure that Dover thrives from the delivery of that vision.


Issued by Port of Dover Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00) 

Notes to Editors


  • Dover Western Docks Revival is a major opportunity that is acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.  It could create over 600 new quality jobs and safeguard another 140 by developing a new cargo terminal and port centric distribution facility.  This would revive the Western Docks, protect long term port capacity and enable the transformation of the Waterfront with the potential creation of a new marina.
  • The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest international ferry port, the UK’s second busiest cruise port, operates successful cargo and marina businesses and has a diverse property portfolio.


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