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Business Mentor: Robert de Fougerolles

Robert de Fougerolles is a business mentor, offering free business mentoring to SME’s in our district, if you would like to arrange a meeting with Robert please email ahmed.khan@canterbury.gov.uk

  • I successfully ran my own businesses for over 20 years in Canada and the United States.
  • I taught in the MBA program of Concordia’s University’s Molson School of Business with a course in the Entrepreneurial Studies Program.
  • I lectured at McGill University on Mergers & Acquisitions.
  • I was the Business Champion and Founding Chairman of the Sittingbourne Enterprise Hub Ltd. SEHL sponsored the first Dragon’s Den style competition in Kent with prize money exceeding £100,000.
  • I was the Founding Chairman of the Kent Science Resource Centre.
  • I was the Founding Treasurer of the Application Home Initiative in Britain.
  • I was the owner and CEO of Admail 4 International Limited, located in Sevenoaks, a marketing services company.
  • I have been on the boards of public listed companies and usually served as Chairman of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees.
  • I ran the Canadian Divisions of Schweppes, Chivers, Roses and Powell Foods.
  • I was Secretary-Treasurer and CFO of Molson’s Brewery in Quebec.
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Business Mentor: Professor Richard Scase

Professor Richard Scase is a business mentor, offering free business mentoring to SME’s in our district, if you would like to arrange a meeting with Professor Scase please email ahmed.khan@canterbury.gov.uk

Professor Scase has been advising business start-ups for more than 30 years. He has been a director of start up programmes at Kent University advising would be entrepreneurs how to prepare business plans. He is currently working with Chinese business leaders at Oxford University on their strategies for growth, developing their product portfolios and growing market share.

He is not only a small business adviser but also an entrepreneur in his own right. He is founder of the Kent radio station now known as Heart FM and also of an online accountancy training company until he sold his share stake last year. As a mentor, he helps entrepreneurs with developing business plans with a particular emphasis on branding, marketing and driving traffic to company websites.

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Certax Accounting

Welcome to Certax Accounting. We are a national network of accountants with a very specific local focus. We offer a wide range of services to help with all of your accountancy and tax requirements. All with a personal and friendly service that you will come to rely on, year after year.

Our team of Certax Accountants have got many years of experience in helping small & medium sized businesses for every aspect of their accountancy, payroll and proactive tax planning needs. We at Certax take every single client’s requirements seriously as we believe your business success is our success.

  • Self Assessment Tax
  • Payroll and V.A.T. returns
  • Accounts for Soletraders, Partnerships and Limited Companies
  • Personal and business taxation planning
  • Company formation and related secretarial work
  • Corporation tax compliance and planning
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Representation in the event of Inland Revenue/V.A.T./P.A.Y.E. enquiries
  • Periodic management accounts and reporting
  • Introduction to independent financial advice
  • Financial projections
  • Accounting for Charities
  • Training in Accountancy, Book keeping and Computerisation
  • Raising business finance
  • Evaluation and implementation of computer based accountancy software systems

For a FREE consultation, please call 01227 806101 (Canterbury office) / 01843 280004 (Margate office) or email mail@certax.co.uk.

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The me:now app

The me:now app advertises your favourite local businesses and their time. Let people know what you do and when you can do it. Reach customers who want to take those appointments off your hands.

me:now is for everyone, everywhere, on every device.

Whether it’s your hairdresser, your physio or even your dog groomer, the app only shows businesses that say they’re available.

Customers can follow a favourite business and receive a phone notification when the business says it has a free slot.

Businesses list when they have a diary gap or cancellation. They can share this with anyone looking for their type of business and with their existing customers on Facebook or Twitter.

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Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) Project

The new Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) project is part financed by the EU Funded Interreg 5A 2 Seas Programme.

It will provide support to Kent businesses helping them innovate and internationalise through partnering and collaborating with new contacts in France, Belgium & the Netherlands. The project runs from 2016 to 2019.

Who can take part in the ISE project?

SMEs in Kent which are keen to innovate and to internationalise their business. The project will focus on supporting companies from the following sectors:

  • Agri-Food
  • Digital & Creative
  • New Materials
  • Mechatronics (engineering)

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There are over 1.7m chartered accountants and students around the world − talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future. Over 150,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

ICAEW Business Advice Service

Our ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) plays a vital role in the business support landscape, offering free advice and resourceful finance advice guides to start-ups and SMEs in thousands of locations across the UK.

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Business is Great – Women in Enterprise

The proportion of small and medium-sized companies run by women is increasing.  Yet there is greater potential still: there are more women with great entrepreneurial ideas who need the support to help their businesses succeed. If women set up businesses at the same rate as men, the UK would have an additional one million entrepreneurs.

On the Business is Great – Women in Enterprise website you will learn of the places, organisations and networks, as well as the sources of government advice and resources, that can help you develop your business.

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Forward Ladies

Forward Ladies mission is to create a global platform that connects women to opportunities, networks, businesses and expertise that empowers them.

Since 1999, we have worked closely with some of the biggest names in business, creating innovative events and programmes designed to help women achieve their individual aspirations – which also helps companies to achieve much-needed diversity in leadership and the wider business community.

We are proud to support and showcase the best of female talent across the UK, running some of the country’s top events for women. Our high profile clients include HSBC, Yorkshire Water, Sage UK, United Utilities and Hitachi Rail who trust us to deliver bespoke female friendly programmes to complement other initiatives; catering to their female staff, customers and suppliers.

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Prowess – Women in Business

About Prowess

Prowess is the online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish; we help women and professional advisers to gain the knowledge and tools to make that possible.

What we offer

  • Support for women in business
  • Support for professional advisers
  • Shared learning, information and inspiration
  • Campaigns

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Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment, in March 2018 the £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was announced.

Vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a capable connection. One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future. Full fibre also supports symmetrical connections – meaning your upload and download speeds can be the same.

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