Business students aiming to help city’s struggling retailers

    Looking down Canterbury High Street towards the Westgate Towers

    Students at the University of Kent’s business school have set themselves the task of helping to tackle the challenges facing Canterbury’s retailers.

    Called the Canterbury Retail Challenge, a Kent Business School (KBS_ project will see its students offer support, advice and expertise to High Street traders.

    Firms across Canterbury are being invited to KBS to talk to students about the challenges they face during a mix of workshops, panel sessions and community events.

    Each student will then work on one of the Canterbury Retail Challenge problems and produce a report with recommendations about how to solve the issues raised.

    The work will form part of the student’s coursework assessment for the module and made available to benefit local businesses and the region’s economy.

    The project was Launched by KBS’s Professor of Strategic Management, Paul Phillips.

    The first panel session took place inJanuary with input from the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge hotel and shoemakers Loake.

    Professor Phillips said: “The Canterbury Retail Challenge is the beginning of an exciting and hopefully rewarding programme.

    “It will bring KBS and the university ever closer to its local retail community, providing expertise, ideas and support from our excellent students, enhancing the knowledge and employability of those students and benefiting the wider community too.”

    KBS’s work at a local level was recognised in December 2018 when it awarded the Small Business Charter in recognition of the support it provides to small businesses in the region and its support for student entrepreneurship.

    Further events are scheduled for the future and firms interested in taking part are asked to contact Professor Philips via email at


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