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,
DA12 1AA
Tel: 01474 327118
Fax: 01474 335884

Investors in People:

Investors in People is a national quality standard which sets a level of good practice for improving an organisation's performance through its people. Since 1991 tens of thousands of UK employers, employing millions of people, have become involved with the Standard and know the benefits of being an 'Investor in People'.

With the continued growth and up take of the Standard in the UK, international interest has been stimulated and continues to grow. For more information on becoming an 'Investor in People' see https://www.investorsinpeople.com

Learning and Skills Council:

The LSC is responsible for the planning and funding of all education and training, post-16 in the county (except Higher Education).The Learning and Skills Council for Kent and Medway and BusinessLink Kent have launched a new initiative that will provide free training for small businesses - Profit from Learning. The training is done at a time to suit the business and the individual. To find out more phone 0800 528 2000 or go to the website www.lsc.gov.uk

A Business Leader scheme has also been developed whereby CEOs and Managing Directors of businesses with fewer than 250 employees can be helped to build a personal development plan and have a grant of £1,000 towards appropriate development opportunities.