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.
We’ve invested in business support providers, Locate in Kent, and the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. These providers offer local business owners the chance to get expert business advice that is free and impartial.
Medway Council provides resources for businesses including:
- free business planning advice
- help to access funding in the form of grants and loans
- help finding the perfect place for your business in Medway
- support recruiting staff and apprentices
Find out more about business support schemes offered
Business advice services
We can offer support to start-ups and pre-trading businesses through the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Start Medway Programme.
The programme is held once a month and is open to anyone who lives in Medway. The programme is made up of three, one day workshops spread over 3 weeks.
Each workshop focuses on a different element that is key to the successful running of a business:
- the business plan
- making the sale
- money management
Find out more and sign up for the KICC Start Medway Programme
The Kent and Medway Growth Hub forms part of the South East Business Hub, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s business support programme.
In partnership with the Growth Hub, Medway Council offer Medway residents and business owners free one-to-one business advice. This is offered with a qualified business advisor, face to face or over the phone.
Find out more local business support in Medway
Locate in Kent are an inward investment agency that offers 12 hour of support packages with businesses across Kent.
Locate in Kent help guide companies into generating growth, with business advice experts in skills, manufacturing and funding.
Find out more on the Locate in Kent website
Do you need support with your business recovery goals? Are you an small or medium sized enterprize (SME) located in Kent or Medway? Then Future Forward is for you.
Locate in Kent is on a mission to help restore economic growth by helping businesses across the county to plan for the future, build resilience and carve out new opportunities. Qualifying businesses will receive 12 hours of free consultancy, providing you with the right advice and level of support, bespoke to your business.
Expert business advisors will provide you with the guidance and tailored step by step strategies you need to rebuild and support your long term business success.
They will work with your company to review key aspects of your business operations including:
- customers and markets
- operations and processes
- financial planning
- people and performance
This programme is for SMEs based in Kent and Medway
The Federation of Small Businesses offers members a range of business services including:
- financial expertise
- a voice in the government
More about the Federation of Small Businesses
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