Free business growth programme for Kent businesses
Future Forward is a free business support programme for SMEs based in Kent and Medway. Qualifying businesses can access 12 hours of expert advice, guidance and support from leading specialists, across marketing, finance, operations and HR. At the end of the programme you will be equipped with a new Business Plan to help you take your business to the next level.
Locate in Kent is the official inward investment agency for the county, and provides free, confidential and impartial business support and strategic solutions to help UK and international businesses grow intelligently and efficiently in Kent. In the last 12 months we provided 500 hours of business support via our Future Forward programme.
Future Forward – Business support with the future in mind
What does the business growth programme offer?
Our new Future Forward business growth programme offers Kent and Medway SMEs 12 hours of free consultancy time, delivered by our team of business advisors. Our business mentors have the experience and the expertise to guide your business to recovery.
We have included some detail on the specific subjects we will explore in the below:
- Establishing your current business position
- Specifying objectives for future success
The Business Vision and Objective Setting session will help you define what you want to achieve for your business. You will establish SMART objectives to explore startegies to achieve them over the programme.
- Understanding the market opportunities for your business
- Defining your proposition and going to market
In this session, we will look at why your customers buy from you, how you can improve value compared to your competitors and what new markets or products you can invest in to diversify your offer and grow your income.
- Transforming your operational model
- Digitisation of your business
As part of the Operations and Processes session, you will identify your most important processes, explore how you can improve your business’s resilience and productivity through digitisation.
Delivered by Select Technology
- Understanding your financial situation
- Defining your financial plan
This session will help you identify the financial support you need, whether it is accessing funding schemes or investing in future opportunities.
You will also look at your business operations to identify how you can improve your reporting, cash flows and reduce debtor days, before establishing a clear contingency plan to prepare for the next crisis.
Delivered by Azets
- Developing relevant skills and knowledge
- Aligning company goals with personal goals
In order to improve productivity, we will help you identify the skills you and your team need to develop, and how you plan to improve diversity within your business. We will also review how you manage your team remotely and which processes need to be implemented to work safely onsite.
Delivered by Outset Group
- Establishing tools to monitor progress
- Focusing on outcomes
During the final session, we will review your business plan to ensure it is achievable. We will also give you the tools you need to identify what is working well and which processes can be improved to ensure you are on track to grow your business.
Introducing a free business growth support programme for Kent businesses
Find out more about Future Forward programme 2022
Our next cohort starts September 2022.
To find out more about the programme and sign up for the next cohort complete the form below and one of our business advisors will be in touch soon.