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Business support and advice

Business support

Businesses in Kent can now access online business advice through a FREE Live Chat in one click. Expert business advice is provided by Kent and Medway Growth Hub, providing easy access to support for businesses to start-up and grow. This new online business advice service is delivered in partnership with MiVentures.

The Economic Development team has put together 10 practical initiatives that will help nurture Medway businesses. These include the benefits students can offer to your business, managed workspaces and information on Employ Medway, the council's advice and training centre.

Medway Healthy Workplaces

The Medway Healthy Workplaces programme can work with you to promote a healthier workforce which has been proven to:

  • Improve employee morale and engagement
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Improve staff productivity

We also accredit businesses through the Medway Healthy Workplaces Award, a local scheme based on national standards of best practice for health at work. For more information, or to arrange a no obligation meeting, please email healthimprovement@medway.gov.uk or call 01634 334307.

Useful links

These links will help you settle, promote and grow your business within Medway. Much of this assistance is free of charge.

Kent and Medway Growth Hub

The Kent and Medway growth hub is designed to help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area.

Better Business for All

Better Business For All (BBfA) has been designed to offer start up and existing businesses access to assured advice (usually free of charge) regarding all the statutory regulations that businesses need to consider.

Business information and research

The libraries' business information service has a range of paper-based and electronic services to help you with your business.

Business premises

Search for commercial property and Medway Council's managed workspaces.

Wind industry

Kent Wind Energy is the UK's first business directory dedicated to the offshore wind industry..

Business finance

Learn about the council's Partners for Growth interest-free loan scheme, as well as other funding initiatives available to businesses in the south-east.

Fair Trader Scheme

This is a Trading Standards initiative to improve business standards and customer confidence in member businesses - a positive move to improve how traders deal with consumers.

Free website address and assistance

Get British Businesses Online offers free .co.uk addresses and web publishing tools for small and medium-sized enterprises..

Medway Business Awards

Put your business in the spotlight and show off your achievements. The Medway Business Awards (www.medwaybusinessawards.co.uk) recognise the best enterprises in Medway, rewarding firms with trophies, certificates and cash.

Moving to Medway?

Find out about the free-of-charge inward investment support to businesses relocating to Medway through the council's specialist partner agency, Locate in Kent.

Skills training

Public sector job vacancies

Jobsgopublic shows current job vacancies within Medway Council and in the public sector nationwide.

Export Helpdesk

The Export Helpdesk is provided by the European Commission to facilitate market access in developing countries in the European Union.


For more information contact Economic Development and Social Regeneration by telephone: 01634 338215 or by email: business.support@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Economic Development and Social Regeneration, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR

The Medway Corporate Giving Fund

The Medway Corporate Giving Fund brings together Medway businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals committed to supporting their local community.

The Fund, run by Kent Community Foundation, connects socially responsible local businesses with innovative projects making a real difference in the local community and helping those most in need.

Learn more on The Medway Corporate Giving Fund website