In addition to the national and regional programmes of funding and business support, many local authorities provide their own services alongside those of the private sector and other organisations. If you know of any business related schemes or funds that are not listed below and that you would like to be considered for inclusion, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local business support in Shepway
Free 1:1 Business Advice
Free advice and support over the web, phone and face to face for businesses ready to export. The type of support will vary based on your preparedness.
The Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) Project aims to support businesses with innovation and international trade in order to enable partnerships between Kent SMEs and businesses & experts in Belgium, Netherlands, France and the UK.
Kent International Business (KIB) is a Kent-wide initiative which aims to encourage Kent businesses to export and access overseas markets and to provide information, advice and support to help them do so. KIB is led by Kent County Council in partnership with various business support organisations in the county.
Existing businesses, start-ups and pre-starts in Shepway can benefit from:
•One-to-one advice sessions
•One day workshops
Free advice and support for young people aged 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week. Includes volunteer mentors and possible grant.
Free Local Resources
Skills, Training, Research & Recruitment
The Shepway Apprenticeship Scheme offers grants of between £1,000 and £1,500 to local companies that recruit local people of all ages. Up to three apprenticeship grants can be awarded at any one time to businesses in most sectors.
So if you are a local business interested in appointing an apprentice, see our Guidance Notes on our website for further information about how to apply and contact Richard Murrill at Shepway District Council on 01303 853506; or by email: email@example.com
University of Kent. With over 40 research centres and units, the University of Kent are helping companies of all sizes to keep pace with changing technical and organisational demands, and develop competitive advantages. The Kent Innovation & Enterprise team works with you, and in line with your business needs, to develop innovative research project ideas and engage with University resources.
Christchurch University. As a modern University, Christchurch has a wealth of talented people and specialist facilities available. Their expertise covers a wide range of subject areas and they have a long history of working in partnership with organisations to exchange knowledge. Talk to them about how they can work with your organisation to significantly improve efficiency, effectiveness and profitability.
University of Greenwich. There are a number of ways the University of Greenwich can help your business grow. With access to expertise across a wide range of disciplines, they can work with you on joint research and development or consultancy projects. You can use their testing equipment and facilities, and they also have a wide range of technical & analytical testing facilities, all operated by knowledgeable staff with relevant industry experience.