Business Support

Business Support

Support and advice available for Shepway businesses

Shepway District Council offers business briefings with Pro-actions and a wide range of high quality support services for local businesses through a contract with Let’s Do Business.

 

 

Shepway District Council offers business briefings with Pro-actions and a wide range of high quality support services for local businesses through a contract with Let’s Do Business.

Existing businesses, start-ups and pre-starts in Shepway can benefit from:

  • One-to-one advice sessions
  • One day workshops

Tailored business support from experienced business advisers will cover:

  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Funding
  • Apprenticeship funding

If you, or your contacts, are thinking of starting or growing an existing business and might benefit from this service, please contact kaye.crittell@ldbgroup.co.uk

One-to-one sessions are available to book on the following dates:

  • December 14 (Olympia Room at SDC)
  • January 10, 2018
  • January 24
  • February 7
  • February 21
  • March 7
  • March 21
  • April 4
  • April 18

Location: Jubilee Room (unless otherwise stated), Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2QY.

Shepway District Council offer high quality support for local businesses through a bespoke contract with Let’s Do Business.

There are links below to national and regional business support providers to ensure local businesses can find the support services they need.

GOV.uk Website

Cost

Free/ paid for

Eligibility

Any tourism business/ entrepreneur

Contact

gov.uk/browse/business

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Cost

A SME would be expected to contribute a 1/3 of the project costs

Eligibility

Any business / entrepreneur

Contact

ktponline.org.uk

MentorsMe

Cost

FREE to use site

Eligibility

Any business / entrepreneur

Contact

mentorsme.co.uk

UK Trade and Investment

Cost

Varies

Eligibility

Businesses looking to export

Contact

ukti.gov.uk

Kent and Medway Growth Hub

Find out more about South East Business support from Kent and Medway Growth Hub.

kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk

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Business Forum Live

Business Forum Live are running a conference on Thursday 14th April, 2016.

The Channel Connections Conference will be in the Leas Cliff Channel Suite and included keynote speakers and seminars on how the decisions made in Europe effect business in the UK.

Click here to learn more about the conference.

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) supports UK small businesses. For a small annual fee they will offer services to help protect your business, save you money and offer advice to grow your business.

Cost: Membership fee

Eligibility: Any business/ entrepreneur

Contact: fsb.org.uk

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation that provides a full range of business support services, ranging from networking, international trade, business support to representation

Cost: Membership fee

Eligibility: Any business/ entrepreneur

Contact: kentinvictachamber.co.uk

 

ABC Networking

The ABC Network was set up to help small business owners and not small network owners. ABC Network is a not for profit organisation and there is no joining fee. All you pay is £14. No joining fee, no add ons, just £14.

It’s been said that this type of network doesn’t work because there is no commitment, and that has generally been said by network owners that charge you a joining fee. We have loads of commitment from our members and lots of business has been done between them.

The ABC Network is light hearted, fun and driven to build relationships that will last a life time. If you are the type of networker that turns up, gives everyone your business card and then expects them to refer you straight away, then the ABC Network is NOT for you.

The ABC Network also has a range of guest speakers at no extra cost to you and continue the theme of outstanding value.

Cost: £14

Eligibility: Any business/ entrepreneur

Contact: abcnetworks.co.uk/ 01622 437 151 or email info@abcnetworks.co.uk

Locate In Kent

Locate in Kent offers confidential and free business investment and relocation services to international, UK and Kent-based companies looking to expand in the area.

Cost: Free

Eligibility: Any business/ entrepreneur/ investor

Contact: locateinkent.com

Better Business for All

BBfA is a partnership designed to improve the way regulation is delivered to ease the burden on the local business community. The aim is to create a safe and fair trading environment that supports business growth, encourages fair competition and protects customers by working together to remove real and perceived barriers to growth.

Eligibility: All businesses but especially SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). All regulators working with the local business community.

Website: bbfa.biz/info-for-businesses

 

New Romney Business Incubator Centre

The New Romney Business Incubator Centre is a hub for helping business start-ups on the Romney Marsh, providing free/low cost office space, guidance and support to the small businesses in the area.

Cost: Free advice/cost competitive accommodation

Eligibility: Any business/ entrepreneur

Contact: romney-resource.co.uk

Pro-Actions Group

The Pro-actions Group is a business improvement specialist company that works in partnership with Shepway District Council to help local businesses address challenging issues to improve sales and achieve growth.

Cost: Free

Eligibility: Any business/ entrepreneur

Contact: pro-actions.com

Upcoming Event:

 Date Time Title Location
Thursday 18 January 2018 10am to 1pm Time Management The Burlington Hotel, 3-5 Earls Avenue, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2HR

To book your place call 07766 442232

or visit the Events page of the Pro-actions website pro-actions.com/events

 

Shepway Business Advisory Board

The Shepway Business Advisory Board is a forum for business in our area chaired by local businessman Geoff Miles that meets bimonthly. It offers networking opportunities with other local businesses and an opportunity to understand and influence local and national policies affecting business.

Cost: Free

Eligibility: Any business/ entrepreneur

Contact: Katharine.harvey@shepway.gov.uk

See the video showing the Shepway Business Advisory Board in action

Visit Kent Tourism Business Advisory Service

The Visit Kent Tourism Business Advisory Service helps tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses succeed if you are looking to start up, develop, diversify or grow.

Cost: Free to local businesses

Eligibility: Any tourism business/ entrepreneur

Contact:  visitkentbusiness.co.uk/tourism-business-support-and-advice

Kent Fire & Rescue Service

Reduce your business risk with FREE impartial business advice from your local fire safety office and the opportunity to book FREE fire and safety seminars, plus access to Government guides to fire safety.

Cost: Free to local businesses

Eligibility: Any owner / manager / person responsible for commercial premises

Contact: kent.fire-uk.org/your-safety/business-safety/reducing-business-risk/

The Kent Foundation

The Kent Foundation is a charity dedicated to providing free business support and advice to Kent’s young people who wish to start or grow a business. Their Business Mentors hold a wide range of skills and knowledge just waiting to be used as a tool to help your business and offering you advice and support, recognition of your business aims, undivided attention to help you and someone to talk to.

Cost: Free

Eligibility: Young people who wish to start or grow a business

Contact: kentfoundation.org/business-support-kent/business-mentoring-in-kent/

Innovate2Succeed

Innovate2Succeed is a new programme designed to drive business growth by harnessing innovation.

Fully funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK – and delivered through Enterprise Europe Network – Innovate2Succeed is for ambitious companies who want to unlock their innovation management potential.

Cost: Fully funded

Eligibility: Ambitious companies who want to unlock their innovation management potential

Contact:  mailto:contact@enterprise-europe.co.uk /  http://www.innovateuk.gov.uk  / www.enterprise-europe.co.uk

 

 

Bokken Business Coaching

Change your mindset … Focus your actions … Grow your business!

Eligibility: Any business.

Website: www.bokkenbusinesscoaching.co.uk

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