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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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ICAEW

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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British Business Bank – Start Up Loan

When you’re trying to start a business, finance can be the key to getting your idea off the ground. But often it can be difficult to find, with lenders sometimes reluctant to serve riskier, early-stage ventures. For those without personal savings or contributions from friends, families or associates to draw on, the result is at best a slow and unsteady start, and at worst no start at all.

That’s why the British Business Bank, through its partner the Start Up Loan company is funding loans of up to £25,000 – available to entrepreneurs, in addition to mentoring and advice, to ensure budding businesses get the best start in life.

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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°

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.