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  • It's The Biz | A community magazine for Rochester

    A community magazine for Rochester It's The Biz Magazine is full colour A5 printed community magazine for Rochester, distributed free to a growing number of residential and business addresses. The aim of the magazine is to promote local business and community activities, via a lively and colourful publication which we hope local people enjoy browsing through. Commercial business activities are advertised at highly competitive rates and we specialise in promotional features which give the subject more space and context. Non-profit community groups appear for free, listed in categories and featured in articles. The magazine also contains general feature articles and lifestyle items. BUSINESS ADVERTISING COMMUNITY PROMOTION ONLINE EDITIONS PICK ME UP ​ The magazine is reaching a growing number of addresses with each edition; we aim to cover all of ME1 eventually – and beyond! – but if you don't receive one there are alternatives. Copies of the magazine are usually available at pick-up points around the town (this has been more challenging due to the pandemic) such as the railway station. If you run a premises and have room to stock some copies, please email . You can subscribe to receive printed copies in the post . You can also read the online editions . neil@itsthebiz.net here here AFFORDABLE ADVERTISING WITH PERSONALITY ​ It's The Biz strives to be different from other free ad magazines. The ratio of advertising is lower, as is the cost. We want to make every ad a “story” – where possible – by including additional information and photos about the services, products and the people behind them. Every advertiser also appears in the directory, in print and on this site. ​ Advertising is more effective when it appears regularly, so there are discounts of 5% for three editions, 10% for six and 15% for a year. Prices start at £6 for a single edition highlighted directory ad, which if run across a year (12 editions) would be discounted to £60. See the media pack for all sizes, options and prices. MEDIA PACK ENQUIRY READTHE ONLINE EDITION! ​ It's The Biz Magazine – Issue 1 It's The Biz Magazine – Issue 2 It's The Biz Magazine – Issue 3 It's The Biz Magazine – Issue 4 ​ SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRINTED MAGAZINE Click below to buy a single copy or subscribe to every edition with a recurring payment. Cost covers postage, admin and PayPal fee. Charities, clubs and other non-profit groups appear in It’s The Biz for free. If you represent such an organisation, submit your details for the listings and feature an article about your general activities or a particular event. Email neil@itsthebiz.net So far the magazine has covered: ​ • Coram Beanstalk • Walking Workout With A Difference • Parkwood Camera Club • Wolf's Head & Vixen Morris Side • Self Esteem Team • Medway Mindfulness • 5th Medway Beaver Scouts • Just Add A Picnic • The Big Sing • Parkinson’s UK in Medway • The Hygiene Bank • Motor Neurone Disease - Mid Kent • Kent Goddesses • Medway Asthma Self-Help (MASH) Friends of Broomhill Medway Foodbank ​ Please get in touch to add yours to future editions. ENQUIRY Copy deadline for October edition is 18 September CONTACT Get in touch via email: neil@itsthebiz.net Or by phone: 07510 298400 You can also use one of the forms on . this page ​ LET'S GET SOCIAL It's The Biz is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ItsTheBizMedway Here's pounding the streets of Rochester delivering issue 4! Kent Leaflet Distribution

  • Get involved with It's The Biz – make contact here

    I'd love to hear from you! Call Neil on or email 07510 298499 neil@itsthebiz.net There's also a form on this page. Make contact… I am interested in Business advertising Community listing or article Comments or contributions I agree to receive email and phone communication from , relevant to advertising and promoting my business or community activities, including: approval and updates of copy and artwork, upgrades and offers, newsletters and releases. It's The Biz I agree to the terms and conditions Submit Thank you

  • Upgrade | It's The Biz

    Upgrade your directory listing Directory line ads are FREE in (limited information displayed) but they can be expanded and highlighted for £6 per month or you can upgrate to a full colour display from £12. Fill in this form to upgrade your existing ad. A proof of your new ad will be emailed to you. Payment will be requested by invoice prior to publication date. It's The Biz See here for sizes and current prices. I want an upgrade to: Directory highlighted Full colour display Full colour display + article Advertorial Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Roofing | It's The Biz

    Roofing Directory KENT ROOFING SERVICES Professional & affordable roofing solutions. ​ 07557 766776 Read more Call Email Social Website ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE! Take a FREE* directory listing in the printed magazine on this site. Upgrade to a highlighted listing from as little as £6 for a single edition (or £60 for a year - 12 print editions). Display ads start from £12 for a single edition (or £122 for a year). Call or email . 07510 298499 neil@itsthebiz.net ​ * Free listing comprises name, description and one contact option. Read more Call Email Social Website

  • Health & Fitness | It's The Biz

    Health & Fitness Directory 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan One 2 One Consultant for the Cambridge Weight Plan. ​ ​ 07585 707115 Read more Call Email Social Website YOGA FLOW WITH LEAH Outdoor, studio and virtual yoga classes. ​ ​ Read more Call Email Social Website ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE! Take a FREE* directory listing in the printed magazine on this site. Upgrade to a highlighted listing from as little as £6 for a single edition (or £60 for a year - 12 print editions). Display ads start from £12 for a single edition (or £122 for a year). Call or email . 07510 298499 neil@itsthebiz.net ​ * Free listing comprises name, description and one contact option. Read more Call Email Social Website

  • Food Delivery | It's The Biz

    Food Delivery Directory AUTHENTIC THAI Home-made Thai food delivered to your door! Gluten-free & no added MSG. ​ 07719 228423 Read more Call Email Social Website MILKIN’ MEDWAY Medway’s only local dairy, delivering the freshest milk, local bread and eggs as well as other dairy/dairy alternative items. ​ 07928 237933 ​ 07928 237933 Read more Call Email Social Website ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS HERE! Take a FREE* directory listing in the printed magazine on this site. Upgrade to a highlighted listing from as little as £6 for a single edition (or £60 for a year - 12 print editions). Display ads start from £12 for a single edition (or £122 for a year). Call or email . 07510 298499 neil@itsthebiz.net ​ * Free listing comprises name, description and one contact option. Read more Call Email Social Website

  • COMMUNITY | It's The Biz

    LIST YOUR GROUP A JUST ADD A PICNIC A resource detailing all the fantastic free days out which are right on the doorsteps, but get overlooked or are best kept secrets. Pack up your picnic and find your next great day out! Find out more in the events section of the Facebook page @JustAddAPicnic. Weekend posts detail what’s going on. ACTIVITIES ​ A FRIENDS OF BROOMHILL A community organisation dedicated to the improvement and enrichment of Broomhill Park, Strood. Regular task days held through the year where volunteers meet and get involved in clearing and cutting back along pathways, planting new bulbs, shrubs and wildflowers. CLUBS & GROUPS www.friendsofbroomhill.org.uk KENT GODDESSES A meetup group for Medway and Maidstone, providing local events for women to meet new friends and improve mental health. We accept all ages of women and work hard to create a safe environment for women to make friends and find support. Call Keshia King on 07817900305, email , or find her on Facebook. PARKWOOD CAMERA CLUB A group of friendly photography enthusiasts who are keen to share ideas and help each other improve their skill level, based at the Parkwood Community Centre in Rainham and meeting once a week. Find more details at or search Facebook for Parkwood Camera Club. 5th MEDWAY BEAVER SCOUTS For children between 6-8 years. Face-to-face meetings have been on old due to Coronavirus, but 5th Medway has been busy with activities via Zoom! To find out more call Joanne on 01634 316241 or 07515 062489. keshia.s.king@gmail.com www.parkwoodcameraclub.com A THE HYGIENE BANK Founded on the belief that everyone should have a dignified life. It’s not right that feeling clean should be a luxury or a privilege for anyone in our society, yet many of us are living in poverty and can’t afford to be clean. Their network of banks exist to give people access to the basics they need. A charity and social movement, grounded in community, whose passions stems from a sense of injustice that anyone should be locked out of living a decent, dignified life, working to inspire social change. MEDWAY FOODBANK Medway foodbank will provide a minimum of three days non-perishable emergency food to local people in crisis. All food given out is donated by the local community. We work in partnership with frontline care professionals to identify people in need. Please help by donating food or funds. Find out how at CHARITABLE GIVING www.thehygienebank.com www.medway.foodbank.org.uk ​ A CORAM BEANSTALK National reading charity that transforms children’s life chances by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to work directly with children aged 3-11 who need support in their reading skills. To become a reading helper in Medway, call 020 7729 4087. www.corambeanstalk.org.uk. EDUCATION A WALKING WORKOUT WITH A DIFFERENCE A non-profit community group helping to deal with isolation, loneliness and obesity. Call 07581 046829 or visit walking workoutwithadifference.com HEALTH & FITNESS A MEDWAY MINDFULNESS Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). 7.30-9.30pm at St Stephen’s Church Centre, Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME4 6JE. To apply, please email us at: MEDITATION medwaymindfulness@outlook.com A SELF-ESTEEM TEAM Your one-stop shop for PSHE – with classes in Mental Health, Exam Stress & Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Body Image & Social Media. Call 07494 656 225 MENTAL HEALTH www.selfesteemteam.org bookings@selfesteemteam.org ​ A WOLF’S HEAD & VIXEN MORRIS Border Morris side. Winners of The Green Man Shield, Rochester Sweeps Festival, 2012, 2013 and 2014! New members are always welcome to join 16+. We practice Wednesdays at The Good Intent. Email PERFORMING ARTS whanv@hotmail.com THE BIG SING Community choir, open to everyone. You don’t need to have a fantastic singing voice – just bring your enthusiasm. There are no auditions. The weekly rehearsals are very relaxed but most of all fun! Meeting every Monday at St Peter’s Church Parish Centre, Delce Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 2EH, 7-9pm – only £7 per week, pay as you go. Also at Swanley Christ Church URC and Dartford St Edmunds Living Well Centre. MUCH LAUGHTER A CIC charity, raising awareness of FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorders). Events include comedy shows at Fort Luton; an adult autistic group; and work in progress shows. Our signer opens comedy up to the deaf community. Call 01634 252707 www.big-sing.com www.muchlaughter.co.uk A ABIGAIL'S FOOTSTEPS We are a baby loss charity providing support and counselling for bereaved parents and families as well as specialist bereavement training for midwives and health-care professionals. Our charity is funded entirely by kind donations and our fundraising activities. KINFEST Kinfest aims to alleviate the isolation felt by kinship children and their carers and ‘sharers’, by providing opportunities to share recreational time together. This is done through an annual holiday, day trips and social events, as well as an online support forum. SUPPORT GROUPS www.abigailsfootsteps.co.uk www.new.kinfest.co.uk MEDWAY ASTHMA SELF-HELP MASH has been helping the people of Medway in Kent (UK) since 1996 with information and support for people with asthma. Our doors are open to everyone and all our services are free. medwayasthmaselfhelp.co.uk MEDWAY PARENTS & CARERS FORUM Medway Parents and Carers Forum are a pan disability group (all disabilities) that enable parents, families and carers of children and young people from 0-25 with disabilities or additional needs to have a voice within Medway, helping to shape the services they use. Please email to book a place on medwaypcf@googlemail.com. Call 07813 123984 during office hours. MEDWAY NEUROLOGICAL NETWORK The voice of all those affected by neurological conditions in Medway – a single point of access. MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION - MID KENT Volunteers undertake fundraising and awareness raising activities throughout each year, to support people diagnosed with MND in the local area. midkentmnd.org.uk PARKINSON’S UK IN MEDWAY Because we are here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone. Parkinson’s UK brings people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers together via local groups, our website and free confidential helpline. parkinsonsukmedway.org.uk www.medwayneuro.org.uk

  • Editor's blog | It's The Biz

    Editor’s blog August 2020 ​ Ooh hello you clicked on my blog…welcome to my world! ​ It’s been a busy few months since lockdown started to ease. Here’s the backstory: I started this crazy enterprise last year, but found myself employed for six months at an ad agency in St Pancras (fancy!). This put ITB (It’s The Biz; won’t tell you again) on hold somewhat, and when I was eventually free to once more devote my time, the pandemic had weaved its nasty tentacles (OK so viruses don’t actually have tentacles – do they?) through the world and that rather put paid to any publishing activity from yours truly. ​ By the end of June, when things had started to re-open, I decided to press on with my third edition, with new material replacing an item on the local comedy circuit which sadly had to be dropped for obvious reasons. I then proceeded with another issue for September, which as I write is back from the printers and being distributed around ME1. I have been encouraged by the response to these two magazines, and for the fourth one I managed to secure the largest amount of paying advertising so far, which has spurred me to crack on with a the fifth edition for October – and that makes It's The Biz a monthly release! ​ So I’d like to welcome and thank those new supporters: ​ Milkin’ Medway Medway Premier Homes In Safe Paws Belle Décor Authentic Thai Paramedic Chris Kent Roofing Services Yoga Flow with Leah The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan Magical Fairy Scents C & L External ​ And of course loyal advertisers continuing their presence in the magazine: ​ SOS Entertainment Bees Knees Plumbing Private Sale Caravans ​ Needless to say, without this support, it would be impossible to pay for the printing and distribution of the magazine, but with the inclusion of all these lovely people, I have been able to distribute 4,000 copies of a 32 page publication – the biggest so far. There's still a way to go before I can reach all of the almost 15,000 residential and commercial addresses in the ME1 postcode alone. But my intention is to continue incremental growth until greater coverage is achieved. ​ Further thanks thanks must go to all the other contributers who have enabled me to put together what I hope is an interesting read – and in putting it together I find that I always learn new things. Broomhill Park is 85 metres above se level. This year marks 100 years since US Prohibition came into effect. Medway Foodbank have supported 6,500 people already this year alone. And a red pepper contains more vitamin C than an orange! ​ I am also grateful to those premises who have agreed to “stock” a few copies: Rochester Library, Coop Riverside, Rochester and Strood Stations, Kaya Barbers 3 and Legends Café. I do hope to increase this coverage as a more efficient way of distribution – after all it's impossible to know what the recipients of door to door deliveries think about this unsolicited post and what they do with it when it’s in their possession. I have tried to make the magazine as attractive as possible with a high quality feel – I’d be quite upset if any of them were reaching the recycling bin without at least a flick through. My ambition is to be better than the other titles of this kind, in design, style, content and personality. ​ Thanks for reading the first blog I've ever written. There’s a first time for everything. ​ Until next time, stay alert and safe. Neil x ​ ​ ​

  • It's The Biz

    It's The Biz is a free community magazine for Rochester, promoting local business and non-profit activities. WIN PRIZES READ THE MAG GET IN TOUCH CLICK COVER TO READ COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES READ FEATURES LOCAL SERVICES The September edition of It's The Biz is out now! It's the biggest issue yet in both page count and number of copies printed. Copies are being distributed door to door, and you can pick one up at Co-op Riverside, Rochester Library, The Rochester Coffee Co, Legends Café, Kaya Barbers 3, Strood Station and Rochester Station – more locations are being sought all the time. ​ If your premises has room to stock copies, please get in touch! Read about Milkin’ Medway, the new milk delivery service; Paramedic Chris, a series of children's books by Tim Parsons; Prohibition, illustrated with Gino Cinganelli's amazing photographs; as well as property, home and health items, prize competitions and lots of community features. ​ If you don’t receive a copy, click the cover above to see an online version. You can also subscribe to the printed magazine . If your street has been missed, please email and we'll try and get you on next month’s delivery round. here neil@itsthebiz.net Copy deadline for October issue is 18 September. To advertise your business (from just £6) or promote your non-profit activities (free), call 07510 298499 fill in the form on this page or email neil@itsthebiz.net ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS PROMOTE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY Could your premises be a pick-up point for the magazine, for your customers to browse or take away? If you have space please email neil@itsthebiz.net

  • It's The Biz | graphic design and print services at competitive prices

    I'm Neil, a graphic designer with lots of experience working at printers, publishers and several London advertising agencies. I started as a community magazine but the business is also able to offer a full graphic design service for any project – stationery, leaflets, posters, booklets, invitations and more, plus printing, all at competitive prices. Here is a gallery of previous projects. Design customers in the Medway area are offered a FREE eighth page advert in my magazine . It's The Biz Print and distribution As a publisher, we can use our contacts to get good print prices for your project. We have teamed up with Kent Leaflet Distribution for door to door deliveries, so that your stand-alone leaflet can be delivered with It's The Biz at a highly competitive rate. There’s a print/design/distribute package as well as an option to send out any leaflets you already have with one of our editions. Click the image for more info.

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