Best Practice Forum:

Encourages businesses in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry to introduce new ideas and innovation by adopting best practice - so raising their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness to world-class levels.

Address: Hospitality and Leisure Manpower,
Burgoine House,
Burgoine Quay,
8 Lower Teddington Road,
Hampton Wick,
Kingston upon Thames
Tel: 020 8977 4419
Fax: 020 8977 5519

North Kent Chamber of Commerce:

The Kent Thameside branch of the Chamber is based in Bluewater and provides business support for members and a certain amount of advice for non members. It is important to note that the Chamber exists as much more than just a networking forum, although this is part of their function. The Chamber can provide valuable information on starting a business, locations within the area, training, legal issues and international trading.

Bluewater Management Suite,
Tel: 01322 381333
Fax: 01322 381555
Website: North Kent Chamber

PRIME Initiative:

A national organisation that has been set up to support people over 50 who wish to become self employed. They offer support and loans and operate as a not for profit organisation.

Astral House,
1268 London Rd,
SW16 4ER
Tel: 0208 765 7851 and 0800 783 1904
Fax: 0208 765 7879

Social Enterprise Coalition:

The Social Enterprise Coalition provide support, advice and guidance to those businesses making profits but doing so for a social purpose.

54 Haymarket,
London SW1Y 4RP
Tel: 020 7968 4921