Here are organisations that can help support your business:
Free business support
The government's www.gov.uk website has a wide range of useful information for businesses including sole-traders and start-ups. This includes information on setting up a business, self employment, employing staff, business finance and support, sale of goods and services, data protection, manufacturing, importing and exporting, business rates, food, catering and retail.
The business support information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/browse/business
There is also information on apprenticeships including employing and running apprenticeship programmes.
There is a free business support helpline that provides support and advice to those starting and running a business.
Business Support Helpline (England)
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Textphone: 0191 581 0052
Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
The Business Support Helpline is also on:
i) Web chat
For help with exporting contact UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).
UK Trade and Investment provides support through their website, specific programmes such as e-exporting, tradeshows, market introductions and access to a regional network of international trade specialists. The nearest office for Thanet is:
Folcrum, 2 Solent Way
Whiteley PO15 7FN
Telephone: 0330 300 0012
Online information can be found at:
iii) Open to Export
For help with Tax contact the HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC)
The www.gov.uk website has information on the different types of taxes and allowances available to businesses: www.gov.uk: HMRC. Thanet has assisted area status.
The HMRC has dedicated contact methods for specific enquiries such as:
ii) Tax for employers
The contact methods can found at Contact HMRC
A free public funded service to help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support. This includes:
i) Starting a business,
ii) Running a business,
iii) Growing a business
iv) Grants & finance
v) Local business support
vi) Regulation and licensing
The website is: Kent and Medway Growth Hub
A partnership designed to ease the burden on local businesses.
The website is: www.bbfa.biz
A free source of information on each type of regulatory services: Trading Standards, Food Hygiene, Health & Safety, Environmental Protection, Fire and Rescue, Licensing and Planning.
Download the Kent and Medway business guide to regulation - all you need to know for starting up or expanding your business in Kent and Medway.
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 offers a range of services that support businesses.
Tel: +44 (0)3000 41 41 41
County organisation promoting Kent for company relocation and inward investment.
Tel: +44 (0)1732 520700
Fax: +44 (0)1732 520701
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
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) 1233 503 838
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
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 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
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 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.