The Kent & Medway Business Fund (KMBF)
Funded by recycled loan repayments from the former Regional Growth Fund schemes it aims to deliver £5m of investment to businesses across Kent & Medway in 2017/18.
The scheme offers 0% loans between £50,000 and £500,000 to small and medium sized businesses with the potential to create new jobs and growth within the Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells local authority areas.
Loans can be used to develop new or expand existing products, services or processes, where these will lead to new jobs, deliver business growth and improve productivity.
Initially open to new pre-applications until 19th January 2017.
(If funding available further bidding rounds may be available during 2017)
Submit a pre-application here: https://locateinkentforms.evolutive.co.uk/FormPreApp8.aspx?m=1
A copy of the Applicants Guidance is HERE.
If you have any queries please email: KMBF@kent.gov.uk and we will aim to respond to you within 5 working days.
Available from mid-January 2017 and available for applications for up to 12 months – depending on when the money is all allocated.
- The South East LEP’s total allocation for this funding which is coming from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) is some £14.5 million.
- DEFRA is currently working with the South East LEP to prepare for Calls in January 2017.
- The focus of the Calls is on the three themes, with the minimum grant for projects likely to be £50,000:
- Food Processing
- Business Development, and
- Rural Tourism
- A Launch Event in London, and a number of local workshops to publicise the funding opportunities will be announced in the New Year, please check your member bulletins.
Funding – LEADER programme
Please let us know if you are considering applying, we are able to offer members advice and support throughout the process.
Programme Manager -LEADER Delivery Team
Kent County Council
Telephone; 03000 417 104
Tel: 01732 227282
Are you interested in trading overseas but not sure where to start?Kent International Business (KIB) can help provide you with the support to get you started.
Trading in an overseas market is a proven route to business growth and there are many overseas business opportunities which could help your company develop. The following support services are available to Kent businesses through KIB:
- A central source of information about overseas trade including business opportunities abroad, tendering opportunities and partner searches
- Advice and support for Kent companies wishing to trade overseas or internationalise their business
- Kent international trade event programme open to local firms to help them do business overseas
- Support to overseas businesses wishing to locate in Kent or develop trade links with the County’s companies
Kent International Business along with UKTI has produced a guide to getting started in export. The guide includes local export case studies and useful information about who to contact for support.Please click http://www.kentib.co.uk/useful-links/ for a pdf document.
You can also get help withe Export documentation via the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Export Team
Kent Invicta Chamber provides a comprehensive export documentation service including Certificates of Origin, Certificates of Free Sale, Legalisation, GOST, Carnets and more.
Kent and Medway Growth Hub
This fully funded service is designed to help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area. The local Team of Business Support Navigators can help you identify relevant programmes; initiatives or funding schemes currently on offer across Kent & Medway and can help you access them
Regulatory Advice & Support
Aims to build good relationships between businesses & regulators. Working together to find the most cost effective methods of achieving legal compliance.
For business start ups you can download a free guide – who to talk to and what you need to do to be compliant.
It is a great tool for existing businesses too.
You can download a copy of the Partnership Charter and infographic explaining how BBfA can benefit your business by clicking the images to the right.
Food Labelling – Kent Scientific Services
Kent Scientific Services is delighted to be able to offer businesses a fantastic product to help to meet the new nutritional labelling requirement for food products. From 13th December 2016 it will be compulsory for most food to be labelled with details of its nutritional content. We want to help you to comply with this requirement quickly, reliably and with the least fuss possible.
Farm Diversification Toolkit
Created by the Kent Downs Rural Advice Service it is recommended for farmers, consultants, land agents, planners and decision makers as a handy companion guide to taking a fully integrated approach to development in the countryside
This DIY toolkit aims to help farmers take a balanced and integrated approach to making changes on their farm. Covering business, financial, heritage, environmental and planning issues the Toolkit offers anyone a first step introduction and web based ‘source book’.
Click on the image to download the Toolkit or click here for more information.
Advice or Funding
If you would like to discuss your specific needs then please contact Stephanie Durling on 01732 853170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org