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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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Local Room Hire

Find the perfect space in Kent for your event. 100s of KENT VENUES, ROOMS & SPACES

With hundreds of options to choose from, start your planning here, with stress-free access to some of Kent’s finest venues.

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The Kent IT Consultancy

University of Kent students, supporting local businesses to be more digital

The KITC (Kent IT Consultancy) was founded in October 2004, and is part of the School of Computing at the University of Kent. All of students are at the University situated at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses.

Many of our consultants have completed industrial placements at major companies such as Intel, IBM and Microsoft, giving them significant experience in both business and technical roles.

All relationships between the KITC consultants and their clients are managed by full time IT professionals and are closely mentored by staff members of the School of Computing.

The KITC’s mission is to solve business problems for local start-ups and small business, as well as making our student consultants more employable.

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East1° opened at the Whitstable Castle Gatehouse back in 2015. The new larger prime location on the high street will enable us to grow the community of small businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers. We are a vibrant, engaging and flexible space with all the trappings of the town, beach and harbour being right on our doorstep.

We already have several exciting businesses in residence, including Singularity Labs, Realising Designs, Josh Willmot, Sketch, Noetika and Promise In People. Their wide range of expertise includes software design, business intelligence, ecommerce, illustration and start-up support working with clients in the UK and international markets.

Working in a space alongside other self-employed, professional and highly motivated members from a diverse mix of sectors facilitates you tapping into a readymade network and knowledge bank (many with genuine high growth start-up experience). We know that working collaboratively can generate ideas and produce truly great work. This can have a positive effect on your own business.

Indeed, at one point in 2017 all our members were working on the same technology project.

This delivered wonderfully against our ethos… Together.is.better.

East1° have flexible membership options to suit any co-working need. Visit our website for more details east1.spaces.nexudus.com or find us on Facebook @east1degree, or just give us a call 01227271014.

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Kent Youth Theatre

Kent Youth Theatre is soon to offer improvisation to Canterbury businesses who feel the need for a fresh approach to staff development, leadership, management, teamwork and innovation.

Multi-billion pound companies employ improvisation to gain an edge in their business. Improvisation is serious fun and… fun really works. Reduce stress and anxiety levels, create and innovate, communicate and collaborate. Fun really works. Develop Thinking on your feet – React and adapt. Fun really works. Reduce staff turnover, increase staff motivation – Increase productivity. Fun really works.

According to World Economic Forum, and from their top ten skills required in 2020 to succeed, improvisation can help develop six of them: – Problem Solving, Creativity, People Management, Co-ordinating With Others, Decision Making and Negotiation. Why wait until 2020? Be prepared and ahead of the game.

To register yours or your company’s interest towards discussing your specific requirements please email richard@kentyouththeatre.co.uk
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Manufacturing Growth Programme

We Believe in Supporting and Driving Growth in Local Economies

Supporting SME Manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement.

Providing free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help:

  • Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Cover up to 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through an improvement grant
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

Specialist Manufacturing Growth Managers provide free advice and support to businesses in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, parts of the East Midlands and East of England.

By joining the Manufacturing Growth Programme you can benefit from:

  • Insight into the risks, issues and opportunities that face your business for improvement and growth
  • Understanding of what needs to be done to make practical improvements
  • Work with new expertise to bring about real developments
  • Reduced cost, helping you make the changes you need sooner and cheaper

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Oneresource Virtual Assistants

Oneresource takes the weight off your shoulders, giving you back the time and energy you need to run a successful business. If you’re looking for a virtual assistant service call us for a consultation. We’ll get to know you and your customers, then work as an extension of your organisation giving you a virtual assistant staffing solution without the complications of directly employing someone.

You might need us for a couple of days, a week or a couple of hours a week. Working as a virtual assistant, you’ll never have to pay us to twiddle our thumbs but we’ll always be there as a safe pair of hands when you need us. We’ll prove how our virtual assistants can get the most out of each day for you.

As your virtual administrative assistants we’ll handle your diary, emails, telephone calls, proposals, invoicing, book-keeping, travel arrangements, event management and dozens of other virtual assistant tasks as if we were sitting at the desk next to you.

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The Free Business Toolkit

Kent Libraries offers a wide range of resources for local businesses and entrepreneurs, The Free Business Toolkit. If you’re thinking of starting your own business, or want more help in growing your existing business, you can use your library card to access the COBRA database.

The Complete Online Business Reference Advisor (COBRA) is an encyclopaedia of practical information for anyone involved in setting up, running and managing a business enterprise. As a Kent library card holder, you can download or print documents for your own personal use, to help research, start up or run a business. No part of the product can be transmitted, promoted, referred to or linked to by any other means, including by email or on the internet, without written permission from COBRA. Remote access is restricted to 12 Business Information Briefings, 12 Business Opportunities Profiles, and 6 UK Market Synopsis a year. You can access the COBRA website in any Kent library or at home.

The Ask-a-Kent Librarian team are able to help with more specialist resources including company reports, credit checks on companies, and market intelligence reports.

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Employer Supported Volunteering – How your company can make a difference

Many employers enable their staff to volunteer during work time. There are many benefits to the individual, the employer and the wider community.

Stronger Kent Communities, funded by KCC, are coordinating a service matching up Kent companies with community organisations and charities. Using the skills and knowledge you have gained through work to assist charities in your area.

Our Volunteering Brokerage Service:

  • Gives your company access to a wealth of volunteering opportunities that can be completed in a few hours to a day.
  • Saves you time and resource looking for worthwhile volunteering tasks.
  • Matches, liaises and helps set up volunteering tasks and relationships between you and the charities your staff volunteer with.
  • Helps ensure your staff and the charities you are assisting, get the most out of the volunteering experience.

Contact Georgie.macfarlan@thanetvolunteerbureau.co.uk for any enquiries or for more information visit: www.thanetvolunteerbureau.co.uk/ESV/

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South East Business Boost – South East of England

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) focuses on supporting business competitiveness, creating jobs, investment in research and innovation, and the low carbon economy. South East Business Boost is an ERDF funded project.

South East Business Boost is an ‘enhanced’ business support service for SMEs, providing in-depth, specialist business support activities tailored to meet the individual needs of different business communities. The programme will offer targeted and bespoke 1:2:1 and 1:2:many support activities, workshops and events, provision of a grants programme, and the development of ‘super local’ business networks.

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 the total cost of goods or services related to increasing sales, improving productivity and increasing profitability.

The South East Business Boost is available to small and medium business based in 
, Rother, 
Eastbourne, Gravesham, 
Thanet , Shepway, 
, Tunbridge Wells, 
Tonbridge and Malling, 
, Ashford Borough, 
, Tendring, 
Epping Forest, 
Basildon District, 
Brentwood Borough, 
, Castle Point, 
Uttlesford or 
Harlow, with up to a maximum of 250 employees.

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