Business support events
Kent International Business rounds up the best export events for Kent business including those from the Department of International Trade.
For rural businesses in and around Cranbrook, try The Hub in Stone Street, a privately owned enterprise which also provides food and entertainment.
West Kent Business Support programme
12 May 2020 to 18 December 2020
Grow or start your business with FREE one-to-one confidential business advice.
- Are you looking for help to think through a new business venture?
- Are you a newly created start-up business – and are looking for some help and guidance?
- Do you need to create a business plan for development and/or for funding?
- Do you just need a ‘business buddy’ to talk to things through?
This is professional, personalised advice provided by the National Centre for Micro Business as used by local Tunbridge Wells businesses. More than 400 businesses have benefited from these sessions including those at the pre-start-up stage.
We contribute to the West Kent Partnership in order to fund this programme of support for businesses in West Kent and as such it is recommended by the Council.
How to make and keep your Business Covid-secure - free
Thursday 26, Friday 27, Monday 30 November
This training is being delivered by the Council's Environmental Health team. It is designed to give you confidence that you have taken the required actions to make your business and premises COVID-secure.
The training is free to businesses and is funded through the Reopening the High Streets Safely Fund.
Contents of the training will include:
- Practical actions to make your business COVID-secure
- Complying with regulations, guidance and best practice
- Guidance on risk assessments
- Implementing track and trace
- How local regulators can help you to comply
- Other sources of help and support
This virtual training will be presented on Zoom and will last approximately 1 hour (with time for questions).
Register on Eventbrite, places are limited so book soon via the links below:
The Kent and Medway Business Summit
15 January 2021 - free
A clear focus on business resilience, renewal and strategy for a return to growth on virtual platform Remo, with networking and collaboration options too.
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses have regular networking breakfasts and evenings, please check for details on their websites. There are many other local groups for different industry sectors and we have a list on this site's local business groups page as well as on our @TWBC_Business twitter list Tunbridge Wells networking.
HMRC advice and webinars
If you're self-employed, HMRC provide support and guidance on a range of topics, and free recorded webinars are available covering topics including, Living Wage and Minimum Wage, VAT, getting started and PAYE.