Support, Funding & Advice

 Funding – LEADER programme 

Please let us know if you are considering applying, we are able to offer members advice and support throughout the process.


Huw Jarvis
Programme Manager -LEADER Delivery Team
Kent County Council
Economic Development
Invicta House
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ME14 1XX

Telephone; 03000 417 104


Caroline Lingham
West Kent LEADER Programme Manager
Council OfficesWKP logo
Argyle Road
TN13 1HG

Tel: 01732 227282


Available from mid-January 2017 and available for applications for up to 12 months – depending on when the money is all allocated.

South East Business Boost

Business support and guidance is available to all stages of business (including those not yet trading). Growth grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are only available to eligible trading businesses.
The grant can fund up to 30% of a range of capital items related to increasing sales, improving productivity and boosting profitability.

Click here for further information

The Kent & Medway Business Fund (KMBF)

We’re offering 0% loans between £50,000 and £500,000 to small and medium sized businesses in Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, and Tunbridge Wells.

The scheme aims to deliver investment to businesses across Kent and Medway and is funded by loan repayments from our previous Regional Growth Fund schemes (Expansion East Kent, Tiger and Escalate).

Pre-applications are now open for the Kent and Medway Business Fund.

A copy of the Applicants Guidance is HERE.

If you have any queries please email: and we will aim to respond to you within 5 working days.

Export Advice

KIB LogoAre 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:

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 for a  pdf document.

Invicta Chamber Logo gotham [Converted]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

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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

Businesses in Kent can now access online business advice through a FREE Live Chat in one click. Expert business advice is provided by Kent and Medway Growth Hub, providing easy access to support for businesses to start-up and grow. This new online business advice service is delivered in partnership with MiVentures.

How Live Chat benefits local businesses:
• Easy to use – direct access to professional business advisors
• It’s instant – it will save businesses time and money, no need to travel
• Digital toolkit – download fact sheets, plans, business templates
• Local connectivity – connect and network with other local businesses
• Be connected – join key business groups in your industry and local network
• Personalised – create your own profile to promote your business

This Live Chat service is available Monday – Friday between 9am and 7pm (excluding public bank holidays).

The Live Chat service is part of Kent and Medway Growth Hub “Ask Phil’ marketing campaign. The “Ask Phil” campaign will run for the next 18 months across multiple channels

Regulatory Advice & Support

Better Business For All (BBFA)


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.


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Check out the case studies to see how a difference has been made: Winterdale Cheesemakers  and Biddenden Vineyards 

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.

Food Standards Agency – Labelling Help 

The Food Standards Agency with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Health have created a series of modules that will provide you with a general understanding of current food labelling legislation. Modules can be completed in any order.

Farm Diversification Toolkit

Kent DownsCreated 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