Business support organisations

Here are organisations that can help support your business:

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

The government department responsible for business, innovation and skills with the aim of making a difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the economy.

Web:  is government's online resource for businesses, with new, easy-to-use information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.


Manufacturing Advisory Service

A new nationally operated Manufacturing Advisory Service will focus on helping small and medium sized manufacturers to grow.

HM Revenue & Customs

Ensures that the correct tax is paid at the right time, whether this relates to payment of taxes received by the department or entitlement to benefits paid


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Princes Trust

The Prince's Trust helps young people gain confidence, develop new skills and get into work. Core activities include providing personal development opportunities and supporting new businesses.

Tel: +44 (0)1622 694280


Kent County Council

Regional local government with a specific department dealing with the economic development and regeneration of Kent.

Tel: +44 (0)8458 247247


Backing Kent Business

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County organisation promoting Kent for company relocation and inward investment.

Tel: +44 (0)1732 520700
Fax: +44 (0)1732 520701

Thanet and East Kent Chamber of Commerce

A membership organisation providing support to businesses in Thanet. The Chamber is powered by local business to represent, support and assist companies and organisations in Thanet and East Kent.

Tel: +44 (0)1843 609289
Fax: +44 (0)1843 609291


Kent Channel Chamber of Commerce

Is part of the British Chambers of Commerce, the national body for a network of accredited chambers across the UK and are able to offer a range of services and membership benefits.

Tel: +44 (0) 1303 270022

Fax: +44 (0) 1303 270476


EBP Kent

EBP Kent encourages and co-ordinates, with local employers, a broad range of activities to help young people reach their highest potential and prepare them for the world of work.

Tel: +44 (0)304 897640

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is a campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms

Tel: +44 (0) 808 20 20 888


BNI - Business Networking International

BNI provides a structured, supportive, business environment in which local business people can get together to network, learn and develop relationships that leads to the generation of business for each other


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Thanet Premier Business Group

Thanet Premier Business group is a network of small businesses meeting on a regular basis dedicated to pushing member businesses forward and providing quality services to all of their members’ customers 


Thanet Business Network

Thanet Business Network is a group of small businesses who meet on a weekly basis, to get to know and understand each others businesses and can then promote with confidence other members in the knowledge that they are reliable and the goods and services they provide will satisfy their customers.