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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.

Email or call 0300 030 9660 to book your session now.

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:

Thursday 26 November - 4.30pm

Friday 27 November - 9am

Monday 30 November - 1pm

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.

Register for the Kent and Medway Business Summit.

Local networking

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.

Finally, don't forget the advice on our business advice page or 1 to 1 sessions via the West Kent Partnership.