Business Link Kent:

Business Link is a national business advice service, dedicated to making the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. Business Link Kent provides local businesses with quick, easy and local access to advice, information and skills which meet their specific needs - from the broadest range of private, public and voluntary business support services.


Enterprise Agency of North Kent:

The Enterprise Agency of North Kent is located in Gravesend and offers independent, not for profit, practical business support. This can assist start ups or existing businesses in finding customers, promoting products, writing a business plan, finding premises and employing people, along with a host of other things.

Unit 4, The Courtyard, 7a Manor Road,
Gravesend DA12 1AA
Tel: 01474 327118 Fax: 01474 335884

Federation of Small Businesses:

The Federation of Small Businesses is an organisation that has been established to support small businesses.

Churchill House,
16 Churchill Road,
Tel: 01322 862724

H M Revenue and Customs Advice Team:

The HMRC Advice Team offers a number of free half-day workshops that are particularly useful to new and small businesses.

  • Becoming self-employed
  • Setting up a Limited Company
  • Self Assessment for the self-employed
  • Paying your employees
  • Calculating directors' National Insurance Contributions
  • Paying expenses and giving benefits to employees
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Statutory payments and leave for maternity, paternity and adoption
  • PAYE end of year returns (run March to May)
  • Expenses and Benefits end of year returns (run May and June)
  • Construction Industry Scheme for Contractors
  • Using the Employers' CD-Rom
  • Introduction to VAT

Workshops run throughout the country. Included in the London area are courses at Waterloo, Dartford, Woolwich, Bromley and Croydon. For details of other venues and to book, call central bookings on 0300 1231083.

H M Revenue and Customs Advice Team, Riverside House West, Woolwich High St.
London, SE18 6DN
Website: HMRC

Open to Export:

A free, online service from UK Trade and Investment that provides information and advice from experts across the public and private sector to companies who are new to doing business abroad, whether it be responding to a first international e-commerce order, or expanding an established business into new markets.

For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter for regular updates is an HMRC accredited 100% web-based free payroll service. It enables you to process your payroll and print your payslip from any Internet connection, whether you are working from your office, your home, or even from abroad. The service is FREE because it is sponsored by advertisements, much the same as other free services such as Yahoo and Google.

To use the service you simply need to sign up on our web site, in a similar way to signing up for an e-mail account. Once signed up you can instantly process your payroll over the net. The service is very quick and user friendly.

Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA):

Employers are asked to join in order to support any domestic abuse victims employed in their businesses. EIDA is free to join and offers a host of services including: signposting, expertise, a toolkit for employers, and training videos. They highlight the free to download Bright Sky App, which gives victims, and those wishing to help, immediate access to information and specialist services. To join free of charge: