We’ve created a platform that supports and helps local businesses to grow.  

The council has developed a business advice network that offers impartial business advice to companies of all sizes and sectors.  

The business advice is supported by Medway Council and can help guide local businesses to find solutions best suited to their own needs.  

Medway’s business advice offer 

Medway has a thriving business environment. It's home to a range of businesses that drive local employment and generate economic activity.  

We believe in offering the right infrastructure to support businesses and can advise about business creation and generating sustainable growth. 

Medway Council provides resources for businesses including:

Find out more about business support schemes offered.

You can also get advice about setting up your business and licensing your business from GOV.UK.

Business advice services

Closing after May 2022

Scheme Details


Closing date
Help to Grow

This programme is provided by Kent Business School and is a 12-week leadership course to develop a growth plan. The course includes 8 sets of 2-hour sessions, workshops and 1-2-1 support.

Contact information

Email: enquiries@smallbusinesscharter.org

Phone: 0207 634 9580

Website: www.smallbusinesscharter.org

Must be

An SME, operating for at least a year and be a decision maker. 

Can be

A business from any sector, excluding charities. 

May 2022
SELEP Start Up

A programme provided by WSX Enterprise that offers start up courses, 1-2-1 consultations, week long events and online learning materials. 

Contact information

Email: robyn.brookes@wsxenterprise.co.uk

Website: www.digital.wsxenterprise.co.uk

Must be

A business registered in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area.

Looking to start a new business or recently made unemployed because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

June 2022
Digital Boost Mentoring

A free online platform provided by Founders2Schools. The platform supports people who work at small businesses and charities to learn essential skills. They also offer advice on how to adopt new digital ways of working and grow businesses. 

Contact information

Website: www.digitalboost.org.uk

Can be

Any business from any sector.

February 2023
Kent and Medway Growth Hub Business Support


A programme provided by Kent and Medway Growth Hub. It offers general business advice to any age or type of business

Contact information

Email: business@kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk

Website: www.kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk

Can be

A business from any sector or business type.

March 2023
South East Export Development (SEED)

A programme provided by Kent County Council (KCC). The programme includes a series of free virtual trade missions and support services to access new international markets

Contact information

Website: www.kentinternationalbusiness.co.uk/SEED

Must be

A business in either food and drink, health and life sciences or digital and creative sector.

A turnover of at least £100,000 and have at least 5 members of staff.

March 2023

SELEP Digitisation

A programme provided by WSX Enterprise that includes 2 programmes. One for adapting with digital and the other starting and succeeding in business.

Both programmes offer grants from £500 to £2000.

Contact information

Email: robyn.brookes@wsxenterprise.co.uk

Website: www.digital.wsxenterprise.co.uk

Must be

A business registered in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area.

June 2023

The programme is provided by Visit Kent and helps to develop new experimental tourism products for the off-season.

Contact information

Email: enquiries@visitkent.co.uk

Phone: 01227 812 900

Website: www.visitkentbusiness.co.uk

Must be

A business operating for at least a year and registered at Companies House.

June 2023
Attracting Venture Capital

A programme provided by NCL Technology Ventures. Their programme offers a 12-hour programme of activity to help develop a business plan, financial model and pitch-deck.

Contact information

Email: seip@ncltv.co.uk

Website: www.ncltv.co.uk/seip/

Must be

An entrepreneur prior to starting a business and in the SELEP area.

June 2023
Business Support and Mentoring (18 to 30 years)

A programme provided by The Kent Foundation. Their programme offers free business mentoring and support for young entrepreneurs and business owners in Kent and Medway.

Contact information

Email: hello@kentfoundation.org

Phone: 03303 000 012

For the eligibility criteria, visit the Kent Foundation website. July 2025
Prince's Trust support for 18- to 30-year-olds starting a business

A programme provided by The Prince's Trust with start-up support and mentoring for young people aged 18 to 30 years. 

Contact information

Phone: 0800 842 842


For the eligibility criteria visit The Princes Trust website. July 2027
Decarbonisation Support Programme

A programme for businesses needing practical advice on how to tackle climate change and make a difference. 

Contact information

Email: info@kentinvictachamber.co.uk

Phone: 01233 503 838

Website: www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk

Can be

A business from any sector.

No end date

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