#Pitch2Win and Appear on Business Bunker Radio!

Kent #UNconference & #Pitch2Win

We’re delighted to announce that Canterbury City Council’s StartMyBiz and GrowMyBiz projects have teamed up with Business Bunker Radio to give 2 lucky business owners the opportunity to appear on the show, share the story of their entrepreneurial journey and gain visibility for their business.

As most of you will know from our recent Press Release, in honour of Gobal Entrepreneurship Week’s theme “Make it Happen” (16th-22nd November) we have partnered with RIFT Accounting, Business Bunker and Advantage Business Partnerships to create a new and more exciting business event format, the Kent UNconference. As an attendee, on the day of the UNconference, you get to pitch for the opportunity to talk about your journey as an entrepreneur and share how you have overcome some of your biggest business challenges. Everyone then votes on their favourite pitches to set the agenda for the day with the delegates themselves as the speakers.

As if the UNconference itself wasn’t exciting enough, today we are launching a Twitter “#Pitch2Win UNcompetition”, giving 2 of you the chance to record a segment talking about your business, your successes and the challenges you’ve solved on the live Business Bunker Radio Show (Kent Business Radio, Tuesday’s 1-3pm).

How to Enter #Pitch2Win & Your Prize
All you have to do to pitch to be on the radio show is
• Go to your Twitter account and send a tweet to either @StartMy_Biz or @GrowMy_Biz,
• You must use the Hashtag #Pitch2Win
• Your tweet must outline the biggest business challenge you have faced and overcome in 140 characters or less.
• You can enter as many times as you like with different mini pitch ideas.
• Other Twitter users who are engaging with the #Pitch2Win and #UNconference hashtags will then “vote” for the 2 best “mini pitches” by Retweeting them.
• The 2 entrepreneurs with the tweet or “mini pitch” that get the most votes from Twitter users, will be selected to record a segment for the live Business Bunker radio show.
• The same 2 entrepreneurs will also automatically be given a speaker slot on the day of the UNconference.

Terms & Conditions of #Pitch2Win
• Entrants must be 18 or over.
• You can enter as many times as you like with different mini pitches outlining various challenges and solutions.
• Please note that while you can send a couple of tweets asking your followers to RT your #Pitch2Win you CANNOT retweet your own #Pitch2Win yourself lots of times or ask single followers to RT your #PitchtoWin hundreds of times as this contravenes Twitter rules! The idea is that Twitter users will genuinely vote for the best idea. See the Twitter rules here.
• The Twitter #Pich2Win closes at midday on 2nd November.
• You must make sure that you can be available to record your talk for the radio show on Friday 6th November from 3-7pm an available to speak at the UNconference on 19th November.
• The time of the recording may be subject to change depending on the schedule of the Business Bunker presenters.
• In the event of a tie whereby more than 2 ideas get the same number of votes (Retweets), the judges will contact all potential winners and make a final decision on who will win the opportunity to record a segment for the radio show.
• The winners will be announced on Twitter and Facebook.
• The 2 winning pitches will then be broadcast on Business Bunker twice in the run up to the UNconference
• The 2 winners will automatically be given a speaker slot on 19th November at the Kent UNconference
• The #Pitch2Win will be judged by Jane Ollis Managing Director of RIFT Accounting and Paul Andrews presenter of Business Bunker Radio and former Entrepreneur of the Year. The judges’ decision is final.

This is such a great opportunity for you to engage the local community, raise awareness for your business, attract more clients, highlight the lifestyle of an entrepreneur and network with like minded people. So, what are you waiting for?
Be a trailblazer and get on Twitter now and start tweeting @StartMy_Biz and @GrowMy_Biz your amazing stories so we can get you on the radio to share your experiences with your local community!


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Student Placements – UKC

Student placements can provide your business or organisation with a selection of available, talented, knowledgeable and highly motivated students, eager to further develop and apply their skills and knowledge within a real organisational setting. Now is the time of year when UKC students are actively looking for organisations to work with and they can start anytime between June and September 2015. Students can add real value to your organisation or business through:

  • New ideas and innovative approaches to organisational issues
  • Specialised knowledge
  • Flexibility in resourcing short/medium term projects
  • The opportunity to trial potential new recruits
  • Allowing you to engage with and influence graduate education
  • An opportunity for you to clearly demonstrate your community engagement

How do student placements work?

UKC students begin their search for positions in the September of their second year. Work placements usually commence between June and October/September, and must be for a minimum of 44 weeks.  Within the first three months of placement, progress will be reviewed by telephone, followed by a visit by a representative from our Placement Team, who will meet with the student and their line manager.

For more information please contact the Placement Team:

Medway: +44 (0)1634202914 or
Canterbury: +44 (0)1227 827979 or

Boots On, Start Up & Grow at Global Entrepreneurship Week

ENTREPRENEURS the world over are preparing for an exciting Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and those in Canterbury are not going to be disappointed, as business support initiatives StartMyBiz and GrowMyBiz, have created an inspirational line up of workshops and seminars for their annual Boot Camp.

One of the highlights of Boot Camp this year has got to be Get Growing: Great British Business Road Show. The half day workshop will address one of the toughest questions for entrepreneurs who are ready to expand their business, “When I’m already working full time in my business, how do I make the time to grow it?” Penelope, the clever app and telephone service that makes your small business look bigger, will kick off the day’s proceedings. Then speakers from Elance, FreeAgent and Constant Contact will be giving top tips on time saving through outsourcing, business finance and digital marketing. In addition to their talk on why businesses fail, Advantage Business Partnerships are providing a free business growth assessment worth £199.00 for every attendee. It’s set to be a high octane, interactive event topped off with an exciting prize draw to win £500 and a networking lunch where entrepreneurs can find prospective business partners.

Clare Smith and Joanna Jones from Dover Arts Development will be demonstrating the far reaching benefits of creative mind mapping, guaranteed to help both creative and more practical, problem-solving minds implement a successful business strategy. As joint Directors of DAD the duo have some impressive projects under their belts including Nautical Threads exploring Dover’s history, DAD4DADs examining the family role of the father and Six ways to Wellbeing aimed at improving mental wellbeing of young people. Their approach to running their own business is thoughtful, collaborative and emotionally intelligent and these are the skills that they will be passing on to entrepreneurs at Boot Camp.

StartMyBiz and GrowMyBiz have yet to reveal many other quality business events that will help you start up and grow, so watch this space in the run up to GEW for more information on how your business can benefit from Boot Camp!

StartMyBiz and GrowMyBiz are supported by Canterbury City Council, Canterbury 4 Business, University of Kent, Canterbury College, Kent County Council, Canterbury City Partnership and Canterbury Christ Church University. RIFT Group, Canterbury HR, Tony Avery from Creative Corporate Solutions, Phil Auden from Pinchpoint Coaching Alison Young from Aly Young Law and the team at the lovely Abode Hotel Canterbury have all provided invaluable support for what promises to be another brilliant Boot Camp.

Boot Camp runs from 17-23rd November 2014. You can register for all events via the StartMyBiz website here: or by contacting Chris West on 01227 862 532 and (07786) 852 061

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Small Business Boost

The Small Business Boost economic growth fund covers the Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet areas. It is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund scheme and managed by Kent County Council working in partnership other public and private sector partners. The scheme is part of the Expansion East Kent initiative.

The Small Business Boost scheme offers 0% interest loans between £2,000 and £50,000 to help start-ups, small businesses and social enterprises in the eligible areas, who are seeking to develop new or expand existing products or services, where these will lead to sustained employment.


You can apply for investment support from Small Business Boost if you meet the following criteria:

  • New business: Have you been in existence for less than 6 years?
  • Type: Are you a sole trader, partnership, limited company or a not-for-profit business located or seeking to locate in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway or Thanet ?
  • Amount: Are you seeking a loan between £2,000 and £50,000?
  • Size: Do you currently have fewer than 50 employees?
  • Location: Are you seeking to provide employment – either by creating or safeguarding jobs in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway or Thanet?
  • Dividends: Your business has not yet paid out a dividend.

Further details and how to apply


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Kent 2020 Vision LIVE

Kent 2020 Vision LIVE is the largest business-to-business event in the South East, bringing together over 300 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors.

The event has become a key date in the Kent business calendar, building mutually profitable relationships between customers and local suppliers and connecting everyone that attends to opportunities, insights and inspiration that benefits them and their business.

For more information about the event visit:

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Kent Creative Live

Kent Creative Live is a network for artists, art organisations and creative businesses helping them develop relationships, improve their business skills, promote their work and get work opportunities.

Membership entitles you to showcase yourself and your work in our directory, attend regular events and workshops, plus inclusion in our Skills Finder tool and other opportunities to promote your work. Our events take place in a relaxed atmosphere, with conversations, ideas and feed-back shared within the group.

Kent Creative Live offer resources and events with opportunities to:

– Improve your business skills through workshops taught by professionals

– Be listed in our Skills Finder, where prospective clients find creative talent

– Make new contacts and chat to like-minded people at meet-ups

– Develop collaborations and partnerships

– Promote your work and showcase your skills to potential clients in the wider business community

– Share skills and ideas

– Benefit from expert and group support

– Showcase your skills and products to potential clients in the wider business community

– Develop confidence


For more information visit:

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PathMakers Careers

PathMakers Careers offer career guidance, counselling and coaching services to clients of all ages and stages. As a trained Career Development Professional and Business Mentor Liz can guide you through all the career options open to you and help you decide whether starting a business is the best option for you. It may be that you have started a business but you are finding it hard to focus or to have the confidence to expand. PathMakers Careers can plan a programme of career coaching which will enable you to address and work on the factors that are holding you back.

Our prices start from £45+VAT and we offer a discount of 10% to Start My Biz customers on their initial appointment with us. Please quote Start My Biz when booking an appointment.

For more information visit:

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JPW Business Solutions Ltd

Investment ready business plans


If you are:

– A start up business in need of some practical help and advice?

– Not sure that you have a market?

– Struggling to establish how much start-up capital you need?

– Looking to prepare a robust business plan that supports your borrowing requirements?

– In need of some help with crunching the numbers?


For more information visit:

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Jobshop@kent has been established to focus purely on part time, seasonal and temporary positions for students at The University of Kent. They can offer you a Temps Service or an Advertising Service to help you fill your part time or temporary roles.

For more information visit:

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Kent 4 Community – KCC

Search for government, Lottery or trust funding which may be relevant to your community or voluntary organisation.

For more information visit: