Business Support in Ashford

Welcome to information about the Business Support available in the Borough of Ashford.

Starting a Business

1:1 Business Advice 
FREE
Book a call back from an experienced Business Adviser. Complete the call back form and an Adviser will contact you by phone within 24hrs to help you with your enquiry. If appropriate, the Adviser may arrange to meet with you face to face at a mutually convenient time and place. Book here
KICC Start Ashford
FREE
This is a comprehensive four day start up workshop programme, that will take you through everything you need to start and run a successful business. Working as a group you will meet one day a week for four weeks and turn your idea into a reality. Access to free resource websites, press and marketing material as well as a range of discounted services and benefits from Chamber Members Book here
Start Up website
FREE
Working in partnership with Atom Content Marketing we have developed a comprehensive Business Start Up resource that is free to access. Explore here

Running a Business

1:1 Business Advice
FREE
Book a call back from an experienced Business Adviser. Complete the call back form and an Adviser will contact you by phone within 24hrs to help you with your enquiry. If appropriate, the Adviser may arrange to meet with you face to face at a mutually convenient time and place. We can update you on the latest support in the County and put you in touch with the experts you need. Book here
Business Skills Workshops
£POA
We run a range of business training workshops across the county. From export documentation and sales to social media and employment law. Find out what we have running near you Book here
Chamber Mentoring Programme
£POA
This personalised close support programme is designed to help you make the changes you need in your business. Our highly experienced Mentor will work with you to identify the outcomes required and then agree a six month programme of activity drawing on local expertise and brokering additional public and private sector support. Similar to Growth Accelerator but without the restrictions. Email for info
First Line Debt Advice for Business
FREE
Running a business doesn’t always go to plan and taking advice at the right time can be crucial. The Chamber offers a confidential service to talk through the options available and connect you to the experts you need. Book a call back. Book here

Grants, Loans and Funding

Start Up Loan Government backed Start Up Loan Up of up to £7500 at low interest (typical 6%) for start up businesses. Free mentor support in year one plus access to a wide range of funded and non-funded support from across Kent. To see if you qualify book a call back Apply here
Small Business Boost Kent County Council interest free loan of between £2K and £50K for small businesses trading less than 3 years and fewer than 50 employees. Businesses must contribute at least 20 % of the funding required and be creating or safeguarding jobs. Free application support provided both before and during application. Book a call back to see if you qualify. Apply here
Expansion East Kent Kent County Council interest free loan of between £10K and £2.5m for established businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Businesses must contribute a % of the funding required and be creating or safeguarding jobs. Free application support provided both before and during application. Book a call back to see if you qualify. Apply here
Growth Voucher National Government backed scheme aimed at encouraging small business to take advice. Match funded grants of up to £2000 can be accessed for strategic advice. Complete an online assessment to see if you qualify for a Growth Voucher take this 5 minute assessment. Apply here
Equity/Angel Finance We work closely with the Kent Investors Network to help businesses access equity investment. Working from a £50m investment fund, applicants are invited to put forward proposals at a quarterly interview panel. The friendly face of Angel Investment Apply here
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