"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.
See list of local business support organisations below.
The Lets Do Business Group
The Lets Do Business Group help businesses throughout the South East of England to start-up and grow through access to finance, business advice and training, as well as organising exhibitions in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton.
We are a delivery partner for the Start Up Loans scheme and help budding entrepreneurs to launch sustainable and viable businesses, as well as running free start-up workshops in Hastings and Eastbourne.
For those established companies looking to grow and expand, we offer Business Growth Loans to those unable to access funding from the usual High Street sources and are an approved provider of the GrowthAcclerator service.
Our in-house training team specialise in leadership and management training and apprenticeships to all types of organisations, from start-ups to large multinationals.
The popular Lets Do Business exhibitions take place each year in Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton, giving companies across the region the opportunity to network, promote their services or products, make new connections and generate new business.
For more information about how the Lets Do Business Group can help your business, please call 0844 415 2272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lets Do Business Group
Tel: 01424 205500
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An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.Download
"You don't know what you don't know!" Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.Download
This very popular infographic provides a colourful visual walk through the start-up process and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers.Download
We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.Download
If you run your own business in Beckenham and would like to learn more about business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.
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Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
Ask a Kent Librarian
If you need help with research or a library service, our librarians are here to answer your questions. You can chat with a librarian in real time or send us your question and wait for the answer. Its a bit like going into a library and asking a question in person, but can be done from your computer or mobile device. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but Kent librarians are only available Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).
Kent & Medway Growth Hub offer free advice, information and guidance that will help you to start, grow or improve your business. To get things started you can either fill in a Call Back request using a form on thee page or use the Ask Phil Live Chat facility. Or you can call us using the phone number above.
Bromley Business e-Bulletin
We publish a regular free email bulletin for businesses based in the borough. The e-bulletin - which is sent out every two months - helps businesses stay on top of what is going on for business in the borough. It includes the latest news on business support, and is packed with information about events, training courses, workshopsseminars, business awards and other really useful business support initiatives.
Bromley Business Start Up
Seeking advice at an early stage will start your new business off on the best footing. Whether you are developing your business plan, looking for business premises or marketing your products and services, help is at hand. For advice, business-skills training and ongoing business support you can contact the business support information team CapitalB at Bromley College.
Kent & Medway Growth Hub
The Kent and Medway Growth Hub forms part of the South East Business Hub, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s overarching business support programme, which also supports local hubs in East Sussex and Essex, Southend and Thurrock. We help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area.
Kent Business Advisers
We have proudly helped businesses in Kent achieve their goals and aspirations since 2005. We can provide you with the support and guidance to grow and improve your business.
Kent County Council - Grow Your Business
A useful section on the Kent CC website. It contains dedicated pages for: Business loans and grants; Doing business with KCC; The opportunity to sign up for email updates; Ask Phil business advice; Start a business; How to deliver services on their behalf; Business awards and events; Chambers of Commerce; Grow your business abroad; and information about the Kent and Medway Growth Hub.
Kent County Council - Start a Business
This page on the kent county Council website lists some useful places to find information on how to get started.
Kent County Council Business Advice Services (Trading Standards)
From start-ups and small businesses to importers and manufacturers we can help you navigate complex regulations to protect your businesses and support good customer service. We offer a free telephone consultation with one of our officers to discuss your needs. During the consultation, which can last up to 30 minutes, we will identify how we can help you. Depending on your requirements this can range from free signposting to guidance and advice tailored to your business or a full package of support. Any costs will be discussed during the consultation.
Kent International Business
Kent International Business (KIB) is a Kent-wide initiative which aims to encourage Kent businesses to export and access overseas markets and to provide information, advice and support to help them do so. KIB is led by Kent County Council in partnership with various business support organisations in the county. KIB is also backed by a range of commercial organisations.
Kent International Business
International trade can help businesses grow. There has never been a better time to consider exporting. Kent International Business (KIB) is a Kent-wide initiative which aims to encourage Kent businesses to export and access overseas markets and to provide information, advice and support to help them do so. KIB is led by Kent County Council in partnership with various business support organisations in the county. KIB is also backed by a range of commercial organisations.
Kent Invicta Chamber - Starting a Business
The Chamber Business Support team provides an extensive range of services for people starting or running a business. If you are unsure which event is right for you call us on 01233 503838 or visit our Business Advice page at: http:www.kentinvictachamber.co.ukbusiness-advice
Locate in Kent
Locate in Kent provide free support for businesses to locate and grow in Kent.
South East Business Innovation & Growth
South East Business Innovation and Growth provides focused support which is designed to have a tangible and positive impact on companies in the South East of England which have the potential to innovate and grow significantly. Kent & Medway. Contact Paul Walsh. 34 Tower View Kings Hill, West Malling Kent, ME19 4UY 01732 878 074
Thames Gateway Kent
Local authorities and other Thames Gateway Kent partners offer a range of services to support businesses in their area. The following links provide more information.
The National Centre for Micro Business
Through the NCMB you have access to practical workshops to get you in a position to better help yourself. Understand what is an entrepreneur, what it means to be your own boss – The NewMe™ and put a plan into action. Through the NCMB you have access to learning, teaching, training programmes together with practical workshops to get you in a position to help yourself.
University of Kent Hub for Innovation & Enterprise
The University of Kents business incubation and support unit is devoted to helping start-up ventures and early stage companies to increase survival rates. The Hub for Innovation and Enterprise is a purpose-built incubation space for entrepreneurship and enterprise in Canterbury and offers a professional working environment with business support to assist new businesses.
Visit Kent offers free on-site business advice as well as a range of customer care courses and training workshops.
Visit Kent - Business
As a Kent business, there is a range of support available to help you grow your business in the way that you want to.