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Business Support

Local authorities and other Thames Gateway Kent partners offer a range of services to support businesses in their area. The following links provide more information.

Online resources in Kent

The Kent and Medway Growth Hub is the go-to point of contact for signposting to business information and advice.  This is part of the South East Business Hub funded through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.


Other online resources

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Business Support Helpline (England)
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Textphone: 0191 581 0052
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

The Government's Business is Great website provides a wide range of information to support UK businesses.

Kent County Council's Business website offers comprehensive information about sources of funding for businesses, as well as links to other resources.

Inward Investment

Locate In Kent provides inward investment information and advice and support for enterprises looking for premises to start-up, grow, re-locate or expand their business. including commercial property search and sources of finance.


Telephone: 01732 520700



Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) is an EU funded project set up to help businesses tackle and adapt to climate change.

Contact: Rob Robinson, Sustainable Business Project Manager at Low Carbon Kent.


Tel: 03000 415111

Summary Information


Local authority support

Streamlining business regulation

Better Business For All (BBFA) is a partnership designed to improve the way regulation is delivered to ease the burden on the local business community.  This initiative is supported by local authorities in Kent and Medway, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, the Health & Safety Executive and Trading Standards, together with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and Produced In Kent.  The ethos of BBFA is to support businesses to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements, and to reduce regulatory burdens by eliminating duplication and spreading good practice.  For more information, go to

Swale Borough Council

For information and support for all types of business, visit the Swale Means Business website

For business enquiries in Swale, contact:


Telephone: 01795 417398


Services to businesses in Medway are led by Economic Development and Social Regeneration at Medway Council.

For business enquiries in Medway, contact:


Telephone: 01634 338215


The Partners for Growth Start Up Service is a scheme operated by Medway Council offering advice and the possibility of small-scale grants to help people start a new business. For more information email or telephone Economic Development on 01634 338138.


For business enquiries in Gravesham, contact:


Telephone: 01474-337258



Dartford Borough Council, together with ProLogis, is sponsoring Pioneer10, a programme based at The Nucleus Business and Innovation Centre to inspire entrepreneurs and drive commercial growth in this region.  For more detail, contact:


Telephone: 01322 312004


For general information about business services in Dartford, follow this link to the business section of the council's website.

Start Ups

The Start Up Loans scheme has partnered with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce (KICC) to offer business advice and loans for start-up businesses in Kent. The scheme has supported 40,000 business ideas in the UK since 2012.

Find out about the loan and apply on the Start Up Loans website


Kent International Business (KIB) is a Kent-wide initiative which aims to encourage Kent businesses to access overseas markets and to provide information, advice and support to help them do so. For more information, follow this link.

Kent County Council is leading for Kent & Medway on a number of programmes, supported with EU funding, to help innovative SMEs to internationalise their businesses, get exporting and build collaborations with counterparts overseas.  These programmes - such as Innovative Sector Exchange - are FREE of charge for participating companies.  For more information follow the link above or go to KCC's EU funding page.

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade (formerly UK Trade & Investment, (UKTI)) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.  For further information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions and contact details for enquiries about exporting overseas and investing in the UK, go to the DIT website.

Regional Offices serving London and the South East (including North Kent):

DIT South East

Unit 10
2 Solent Way
PO15 7FN


Telephone 0330 300 0012

DIT London

10-12 Queen Elizabeth Street


Telephone 020 7234 3000

Skills and training

Visit our Education & Skills page for more information about further and higher education and skills training in North Kent.

The Skills Hub Kent and Medway is a collaboration between North Kent College and MidKent College offering employers a range of off-the-shelf and bespoke training courses, apprenticeship training and traineeships to help boost the skills and qualifications of the existing workforce and to assist in recruiting new talent.

For further information go to, email or telephone 01622 624900.

 Other Sites

The Kent Investors' Network comprises a group of experienced business people who co-invest, assist and when requested advise growing companies.  For more information visit their website.

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

North Kent office: Tel: 01634 565 162

Federation of Small Businesses - Kent & Medway Region

Development Manager - Kent & Medway Region: Alison Parmar, Tel: 01892 541399

Institute of Directors - South

For more information, please contact 020 8398 9643, email:

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