We are supporting independent retailers in Whitstable

Find out how we can work together to help make your business a success…

In an increasing competitive retail environment we are aware that you need additional and bespoke support. We have therefore created a free business support package delivered by specialist independent business advisers that includes Workshops, 1-2-1 support, seminars and a shop local marketing campaign.

Here’s what some of the independent businesses in Whitstable had to say about our 2016 support programme:

“Brilliant and so beneficial”

“It has been invaluable. I feel a lot more confident”

“The one to one sessions were so helpful as a they were tailored to my business”

We are supporting independent retailers in Whitstable

Co-working Space Available

Are you starting a new business?
Do you want to work nearer to home?
​Want a work space away from home?

Kent Enterprise Trust is offering co-working spaces in our modern office premises in Kent Enterprise House. Perfect for small businesses and start ups, our spacious open planned office is fully furnished and air conditioned throughout with full disabled access.

Transport links are excellent as we are located close to the Thanet Way within easy walking distance of Herne Bay railway station and served by a frequent and regular bus service.

Proceeds go toward helping people into, or back into, employment.

Available NOW

Co-working space from £100 pcm + VAT

This includes:

  • Easy in, easy out licence – no long term contracts
  • Fully managed reception to answer any calls and receive your visitors
  • Air Conditioning
  • High speed internet connection including Wi-Fi at cost (fibre)
  • Access to training/meeting rooms at preferential rates
  • Break out
  • VOIP Telecoms available

Please get in touch if you would like a viewing:

Telephone: 01227 844464
E-mail: info@enterprisetrust.org


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Start Your Business Here and Succeed

Canterbury is the top location in the southeast for starting a business, according to research out today (Wednesday 26 April).
Domain registration company Nominet also places the city as 16th highest in the whole country in the survey, which identifies where the opportunities are for new owners to harness online interest in their trade.
In addition, the research picks out the best locations for specific services, and shows Canterbury as sixth best for starting a car valet business or a bakery. Cleaners, cafés, grocers and accountancy firms also do well in the city, featuring in the top 20.
Canterbury City Council’s Head of Business and Regeneration, Caroline Hicks, said: “This is brilliant news for Canterbury and the surrounding area. The research shows our economy is strong and that there is plenty of demand, both online and offline, for local products and services.”
The council works closely with the business community in the area and runs its Start-my-Biz and Grow-my-Biz programmes. This is a partnership of various organisations in the district aimed at supporting businesses to start, grow and invest.

Herne Bay’s highlights to be marketed by Kent agency Pillory Barn

Award-winning integrated agency Pillory Barn, of Maidstone, Kent has been appointed to roll out a destination marketing campaign to promote the charming seaside town Herne Bay, its attractions and annual calendar of events.

The multi-media campaign, which focuses on social media marketing and digital content, will target a primary audience within a 20-mile catchment area of the Bay as well as audiences as wide as London who have a passion for watersports, cycling and walking.

Canterbury City Council has used Section 106 funding from the planned Sainsbury development, at Altira Business Park, to promote Herne Bay across the next 18-months to Kent residents and wider. S106 encourages investment in community and social infrastructure following a new development taking place.

Pillory Barn will work closely with retailers, businesses, tourist attractions and community groups to attract visitors to the town. They will hold a series of stakeholder events to encourage an open dialogue with many groups who have already worked hard on a variety of programmed events to attract visitors.

Full service agency Pillory Barn has created a striking, playful and friendly brand for the project, called Hello Herne Bay – this will be rolled out across communications, including online and outdoor advertising. The Hello Herne Bay campaign will team up with the town’s popular independent movement and shop local brand Buy in the Bay, which has seen success with locals and visitors alike. Jodi Eeles, Account Director at Pillory Barn, said:

“This is a great campaign to be working on we are really pleased to have won the work. All of our team live in and love Kent and to have the opportunity to tell people about Herne Bay’s assets will be an enjoyable task. Many people have visited Herne Bay across the years, but it can sometimes be forgotten in favour of other coastal resorts that have had more profiling across the media. Herne Bay has its own distinct character and a recent survey highlighted its ‘friendly and welcoming vibe’ with the spirit of a traditional seaside town that has a more tranquil presence.”

“The team are all fans of Kent’s gems and intuitively share discoveries, such as events, exhibitions and new places to visit. To have the chance to do this for a town on our doorstep is a real pleasure. Herne Bay has so much to offer that may not always reach beyond than the immediate area, we will enjoy the challenge of channelling those messages wider. This summer, Herne Bay is already set to be jam-packed with events, so there will be plenty of reasons for people to visit and discover something fresh. As part of our activities for the campaign, we organised a team building away-day in the town to see what things provoked us as individual visitors to the town – it was fantastic to see everyone’s favourite spots and what they discovered on the day, it gave us some real insights. The creativity that emerged, showed not only the teams enthusiasm, but reflected the fun atmosphere that Herne Bay has to offer its visitors.”

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Canterbury City Council is delighted to bring you Expo 17

Canterbury City Council is delighted to bring you Expo 17, Herne Bay’s biggest business and community exhibition. Come along to the King’s Hall, right on the seafront, to find out what’s happening in the local area.

This popular event is celebrating its 10th year! Join more than 60 exhibitors as we bring together local businesses and community groups for an afternoon of networking, sharing ideas, promotion and updating on major projects, including our business support initiative ‘Buy in the Bay’.

  • Meet businesses with great products and services and knowledge to share
  • Expand your network with like-minded business experts
  • Find out more about ‘Buy in the Bay’ and how the council can help your business
  • Meet community groups and see how you can get involved in town life
  • Find out about local events including the air show, sci-fi and festivals

Expo 17 is free to attend. Come and celebrate our 10th birthday and make it our biggest event yet.

Free refreshments at the networking cafe for the first 100 people to visit.

Visit canterbury.gov.uk/expo17 for more details and remember to use #HBExpo17

Register now!

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Expo 17 – Expo is back!

Expo is back with Expo 17! One of the largest business and community exhibitions in Herne Bay takes place on Wednesday 3 May 2017 between 11am and 4pm at the impressive King’s Hall, right on the seafront.

Building on the success of last year’s event that hosted 65 exhibitors, over 600 visitors are expected to attend this year.

Join us at King’s Hall to showcase your business, take advantage of networking opportunities and see what else the district has to offer you.

You’ll also be able to find out how our Buy in the Bay shop local campaign is supporting local businesses.

Watch the video below to get a taste of last year’s event. Stay tuned for more updates on Expo 17.

Book your stand

To book your Expo stand at a cost of £50, please email angela.furlong@canterbury.gov.uk or call 01227 862 262.

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What is Better Business for All (BBfA) Kent & Medway?

BBfa – What is it?

A partnership designed to improve the way regulation is delivered to ease the burden on the local business community.

Who for?

All businesses, but especially SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). All regulators working with the local business community.


By working together to remove real and perceived barriers to growth. By understanding each other’s perspectives we can adapt our approach, tackle obstacles and find solutions.


To create a safe and fair trading environment that:

  • Supports business growth
  • Encourages fair competition
  • Protects consumers


  • Consumer confidence
  • Public safety
  • Local economic growth (jobs and apprenticeships)
  • Safe, happy, thriving communities

Get Advice?

Businesses — find links to the right type of regulatory service support to get assured advice and find useful information on each type of regulatory service and a general downloadable guide for business.

Click here to visit the BBfa website and find out more

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£8.5m of EU Rural Funding released for the South East LEP Area

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Fund (EAFRD)

  1. An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 4.2 (Food Processing Grants) – Up to £3.7m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018. Grants of between £50,000 and £1m are available to good quality eligible projects in the SELEP area. Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date. The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed HERE. This is a national Call taking place across England. Details of the local priorities for the SELEP area can be found on page 52 of the Call Handbook. Projects will be expected to make a contribution to both national and local priorities.
  1. An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 6.4 (Rural Business Development) – Up to £2m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018. Grants of between £50,000 and £170,000 are available to good quality eligible projects in the SELEP area.  Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date. The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed at HERE. This is a national Call taking place across England. Details of the local priorities for the SELEP area can be found on page 52  of the Call Handbook. Projects will be expected to make a contribution to both national and local priorities.
  1. An Open Rolling Call under EAFRD Sub-Measure 7.5 (Rural Tourism Infrastructure) – Up to £2.6m is being made available under this Call, which closes on 31st January 2018. Grants of between £50,000 and £170,000 are available to good quality eligible projects in the New Anglia area. Projects can submit an Expression of Interest at any time before the closing date. The Call documents and instructions on how to apply can be accessed HERE.  This is a national Call taking place across England. Details of the local priorities for the SELEP area can be found on Page 58 of the Call Handbook. Projects will be expected to make a contribution to both national and local priorities.

Anyone interested in developing projects in response to these Calls is the invited to attend the SELEP EAFRD events which are currently being planned in local areas following our launch event on Thursday 2nd February 2017 (which is now fully booked). RPA staff will be on hand an each of the events to advise and support project applicants.

The dates of the local events are:

  • 15 March 2.00 – 5.00 at Plumpton college
  • 22nd March 2.00 –5.00 at Chelmsford racecourse
  • The date and venue of the Kent and Medway event is still being finalised.

For further information please contact Lorraine.George@eastsussex.gov.uk or stuart@ruralsectorsolutions.co.uk who will be able to provide advice and support in shaping your proposal in line with programme requirements. The national press release from the RPA launching these Calls can be found HERE.

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Campaign Films – How Movies Can Be Worth More Than A Million Words (Local Business)

Anton French is a self-employed film maker and Brighton Film School alumni, who runs his two film production companies Curious Films and Campaign Films from his home in Kent. Curious Films makes films for and with the local community and other arts professionals, Campaign Films is an independent production company that creates promotional films and other commercial work for businesses, local authorities and charities, supporting people of all ages and abilities in the community.

Research, Script, Lights, Camera, Action

Anton discovered his passion for film whilst working as an advertising account manager. He began to realise that he no longer wanted to administer other people’s work; he wanted to unleash his own artistic capabilities and create his own films! His highly-experienced team includes a BAFTA award winning writer; a business strategist with expertise in disability, community, local authority and health; and a marketing and research expert with a keen interest in philosophy. Their creative talents combine to enable them to create excellent, broadcast-standard, high-definition films with the right cast and location and great catering, even for clients on a low budget.

Anton and his team always go the extra mile to provide a great customer experience, developing the full potential of their clients’ campaign films by thoroughly researching their target audience and ensuring that the creative piece will engage the right people, in the right place, at the right time. For both promotional and informational films Campaign Films creates imaginative, innovative and accurate scripts in-house and works closely with every client to develop their ideas for the screen. As a local business man himself, Anton says he, “Understands the needs of local businesses. Whether you’re just starting out in a new venture or if you’re established and looking to expand, your potential clients need to find you and engage with you. Film allows you to grab the attention of your clients straight away and to involve them in a way that a body of text just can’t accomplish.”

Creative Gifts

As a hugely creative person Anton admits that one of the hardest aspects of being an entrepreneur is that he is not financially motivated and only wants to make money so that he can continue to produce excellent work that his clients love. There is also a fair amount of competition locally. This is true for a lot of creative professionals and the key to success lies in forging relationships with clients who offer interesting opportunities and value your unique creative gifts and working on your motivation and self-discipline. Business workshops and regularly seeing a mentor are great for keeping a strong business focus.

Growth Planning

Anton first heard of GrowMyBiz by word-of-mouth through a client. He says that the Project has provided him with invaluable information about business support groups in the area and connected him to people who have helped him make decisions on how to grow Campaign Films. He says “It has been inspiring find out that Canterbury City Council is focused on growing the business community through helping individuals such as myself. It has certainly helped grow my confidence too. I have also been able to develop the marketing for the business further due to the contacts GrowMyBiz has given me –  it’s an excellent advisory service that is readily accessible.”

If pictures say a thousand words, then films say a million more! Film is proven to be the most popular and successful form of online communication that gets the highest engagement and most social media shares, so take a look at Anton’s website here (http://www.campaignfilms.co.uk/) and give him a call to see what he can create for your business.

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The Canterbury Business Awards

Do you have what it takes to win?

Does your organisation have great customer service? Have you created an outstanding innovation? Are you a great employer or a successful entrepreneur? Whatever your business strengths, you need to shout about them to make sure YOU are chosen over your competitors.

Why should I enter?

  • The recognition of being great at what you do
  • Free marketing – just being shortlisted promotes your business to new customers
  • Good for staff moral makes your people proud to work with you
  • More customers will want to work and stay with you
  • Increases credibility – a win gives a seal of approval to your business

List of Awards:

Start up – Recognising a new start-up that has shown a clear path to success

Small Business – Are you a standout small business that has achieved constant growth?

Creative/Digital – Can you show evidence of expertise in digital, creative or media technologies?

Customer Service – Can your business show that you offer high quality customer service?

Entrepreneur – Are you known for your entrepreneurial flair?

Innovation – Have you brought new ideas to life, whether than idea is big or small

Hospitality – Can your business demonstrate outstanding performance and success?

(A maximum of three awards can be entered)

What do I do next?

Click on the gold button below to get your Canterbury Business Awards application form, which is easy to complete and return to us.

Make sure you send your completed form no later than the 24 February.

Entries will be considered by an impartial team of judges including the IoD and the FSB who will shortlist three from each category.

The three shortlisted will be announced on 6 March and visited by the judges.

The Gala Awards Night Dinner will be held at The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, Canterbury on 22 March.

PLEASE NOTE You must be registered in the Canterbury City Council District area which includes Whitstable, Herne Bay and the surrounding areas.

Quick and easy to apply

Entry is simple, quick and free just click here to express your interest and an application form will be sent to you within the next few days.

If you require any further information about The Canterbury Business Awards call 01732 758530, email info@bestbusinessevents.co.uk or visit www.businessawardskent.co.uk