We provide access to a variety of loans, grants and apprenticeship schemes to support local businesses.

This provides a range of opportunities for Medway businesses to meet their ambitions 

Medway’s financial guidance is for businesses of all sizes and sectors, from small scale start-ups and sole traders to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) 

Financial support for your business needs

Scheme Details Eligibility Closing
Partners for Growth (PFG)

PFG is a Medway Council scheme. It provides grants for small-to-medium enterprise (SME) businesses in Medway that are looking to take their growth to the next stage.

The scheme is available to Medway residents who are:

  • thinking of setting up a business
  • looking to further grow their business
  • looking to make their business more environmentally sustainable.

Contact information

Email: businessandskills@medway.gov.uk

Email: business@kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk

Phone: 01233 225447

Visit our PFG page to see the eligibility criteria and apply.

March 2024 or until the budget is spent

The Manufacturing Growth Programme Grant Scheme

This grant is delivered by Oxford Innovation Advice and offers funding for manufacturing businesses who want to grow and improve.

Contact information

Email: enquiries@egs.live

Website: www.manufacturinggrowthprogramme.co.uk

Must be

An SME with a turnover of less than or equal to €50 million. 

December 2022
Low Carbon Across the South-East (LoCASE)

This scheme is provided by Kent County Council (KCC) and offers funding between £1,000 and £10,000 for carbon reduction and increase in sustainability for businesses in the environmental and sustainability sector. 

Contact information

Website: www.locase.co.uk

Must be

A small or medium sized enterprise (SME) and registered in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). 

The business must offer goods or services that improves the environment and can be considered to lower the environmental impact of their customers or work as part of the supply chair for other businesses who do work around the environment.

Spring 2023
Small Business Boost

Delivered by Kent County Council.

0% interest loans of between £26,000 and £99,000 repayable over a period of 5 years.

Contact information

Website: www.kmbf.co.uk/

Must be

A viable businesses not in financial difficulty.

A business that can provide 20% to 30% match funding.

A business with fewer than 250 employees.

No end

The scheme is offered by Haven Gateway Partnership and offers 30% grant funding between £1,000 and £20,000.

Contact information

Email: i-construct@haven-gateway.org

Phone: 07739 971 656

Website: www.i-construct.org.uk

Must be

In contracting or development, manufacturing of construction products or materials or part of the wider construction supply chain.


No end
Kent and Medway Business Fund (KMBF) Loan Scheme

The loan scheme is delivered by KCC and offers 0% loans between £100,000 and £500,000.

Contact information

Email: KMBF@kent.gov.uk

Website: www.kent.gov.uk

Must be

A small or medium sized enterprise SME in Kent and Medway.

Can be

From all eligible sectors including start-ups.

No end date
Start UP Loan - Creative England

This scheme is offered by Creative England and offers low-interest personal loans up to £25,000. 

The scheme includes free mentoring to help you start or grow a new business. 

Contact information

Email: info@wearecreative.uk

Phone: 03330 235 240

Website: www.wearecreative.uk

Must be

Aged 18 and over and starting a new business or been trading for up to 24 months. 

The business must be based in the UK and have a recent turnover of £300,000 and one year of accounts filed at Companies House.

No end date.
Start Up Loan and 12 Months Mentoring

This loan is offered by British Business Bank and is for business taking the first steps or been trading for a while and want to grow. 

The scheme can offer a loan of up to £25,000 and free mentoring for 12 months.

Contact information

Email: hello@startuploans.co.uk

Phone: 03442 642 600

Website: www.startuploans.co.uk

Must be

Aged 18 and over to apply and starting a new business or been trading for up to 24 months. 

A business based in the UK and have a recent turnover of £300,000 and one year of accounts filed at Companies House.

No end date.
Business Innovation Vouchers

This grant is for 75% funding towards researching projects costing up to £20,000.

Businesses can use the Business Innovation Voucher worth up to £15,000 to access leading experts and research facilities in Kent and Medway. 

Contact information

Website: www.growingkentandmedway.com

This grant is open to businesses of any size. 

Must be

A business registered in Kent.

In the horticulture and plant-based food and drink sector.

No end date.
Internationalisation Fund

This grant is provided by the Department for Trade, and is match-funded grants between £1,000 and £9,000 for future activity. 

Contact information

Email: adrew.mapstone@tradesoutheast.com

Phone: 01372 450 669

Website: www.great.gov.uk

Must be

A company based in England and must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) with up to 250 employees.

There should be no more than 25% of the business owned by an enterprise which is not an SME. 

Annual turnover must not exceed €50 million or annual balance sheet does not exceed €43 million.

No end date.

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For business support and advice email businessandskills@medway.gov.uk.


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