Growing your business in Kent
We provide free business support to help businesses grow in Kent
- Growing your business in Kent
Giving you the tools you need to grow your business
If you are ready to grow your business in Kent, or need help kick-starting trade after Covid-19, we are the best people to talk to. We have helped over 1,250 business invest in Kent and seen more than 80,000 jobs created and retained since 1997, thanks to our unrivalled knowledge of the region’s business landscape.
Our in-house business experts provide free strategic business advice about opportunities and support programmes that can help you grow and futureproof your activity in the county. Discover our range of business support services now.
Future Forward, our free Business Growth Programme
Do you need recovery support and help kick-starting your business after Covid-19?
We have launched a brand-new business growth programme, Future Forward, to help SMEs to regain the success they were building before the Covid-19 lockdown and have a wealth of in-house expertise to ensure existing Kent companies are able to grow sustainably and positively.
The programme will allow you to look at your business from a new angle and unlock new growth channels thanks to our unique business growth method. Find out more about the Future Forward programme and apply now.
Commercial Property Searches
Do you need bigger premises or want to relocate in the county?
Our property team’s connections with leading property developers, landowners and public sector partners mean we are the first to know about the latest commercial developments and can quickly advise on new opportunities and locations suited to your business needs. Whether you need a creative studio, bigger manufacturing premises or state-of-the-art labs, our team will find the perfect spot for you.
Do you need help accessing grants and business funding?
Rest assured that financial support is available to help your business get to where it needs to be. We know what funding streams are available, year-round, and can find the best match for you from a wide range of national and local funding programmes.
We can even help with the application process.
Skills & Workforce Advice
Are you looking for sector-specific graduates, skills programmes and apprenticeships? Do you want to know where Londoners are moving to, and where to find the best workforce for your company?
We can help you build the workforce you want for your business and strengthen their skills for the future. Our business advisors work closely with recruitment specialists, higher education providers and skills specialists across the county to provide the best recruitment, skills and training solutions for your company.
Sector Specific Support
Are you a manufacturing firm looking for expert help in expanding your facilities or building more local supply chains?
We don’t do ‘one-size fits all’ assistance. Our team will build a bespoke support package addressing your specific challenges and opportunities, so you can start working bigger and better, faster. We have flexible facilities, skills training and collaborative networks already set up to support the creative & digital sector, life sciences, food and drink and manufacturing industries, and several other emerging industries.
Locate in Kent’s Partner Network
Our team has also access to a network of more than 50 industry partners ready to help and advise on legal matters, planning, accountancy, funding, property and marketing & PR activity.
We have unrivalled access to the facts, figures and research you need to build a case for growing in Kent and can offer extensive business advice on the local economy, property and employment costs, and provide case studies from a range of different sectors. We are also ready to advise international clients and commercial partners on the benefits of doing business in Kent.
Now more than ever, it makes sense to be part of Kent’s growth journey.