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 Folkestone and Hythe
Free 1:1 Business Advice
Folkestone and Hythe District Council have a webchat facility that can answer less intensive business support questions for all stages of business.
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.
With a focus on helping SMEs expand into new markets, find collaborative partners, and increase their competitiveness, the University of Greenwich delivered service provides expert support across a wide range of fronts. This includes advising on EU legislation, helping to access funding, identifying new market opportunities, and helping companies to develop and take new products and services to market.
Innovate2Succeed is a fully-funded programme designed to support ambitious SMEs that recognise innovation plays an integral role in their growth plans and need assistance taking new products and services to market. It offers tailored support from an Innovation Adviser and can support your senior team to address important areas of innovation management.
Free Local Resources
Skills, Training, Research & Recruitment
Grants are available to support the creation of apprenticeships. These will vary based on the nature of the skill and also the provider but it is fast becoming an effective means of growing your business. Local apprenticeships are normally provided through the local college.
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.