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‘Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed’

Here you will find events, workshops and information posts from Federation of Small Businesses Kent & Medway 

FSB SME Brexit Fund webinar

When : Tuesday 18 May 10.45am-11.45am

Where: Online via Zoom

The session will cover what is on offer from the UK Government’s recently launched SME Brexit Support Fund, how businesses can benefit, and how they apply. It will give businesses the opportunity to ask questions and includes guest speaker Lord Agnew, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury.

Cost: Free to attend. Find out more and book here


What is the true value of my business?
Whether you are looking to exit your business or simply planning for future growth, having a sound understanding of your company’s value is crucial to achieving your personal goals. Join us for an interactive session with Q&A to help you understand the value of your business.

Tuesday 18 May, 9am – 10am

Register Here 

Reopening Webinar

19 May, 10 – 11am

As you reopen your business and look to the future make sure you have all the tools to hand to make the most of opportunities as they arise. Join us for Get the tools to future proof your business event  

Register Here


Using Instagram to Market Your Business
Thursday 20 May, 11.00am – 12pm
Join Jo Booth of Social Media Makes Sense for this virtual session focused on demystifying Instagram; from top posting tips to understanding the algorithm, this 1-hour workshop will help you grow your account, reach new customers, and market your business for free! Register here




Maidstone Virtual Networking
Wednesday 26 May, 4pm – 5pm  
Peter Searle is hosting this free #FSBConnectOnline Event with Metro Bank. These Maidstone events are relaxed networking with like-minded business owners, everyone is welcome. Our guest speaker is Stephanie Unthank, Director of Infinity Wellness. Book here


Kent Women in Enterprise Virtual Networking
Thursday 27 May, 9.30am – 10.30am
Join us for this Women in Enterprise Brunch and have the opportunity to promote your business and link up with fellow entrepreneurs in our interactive and engaging breakout rooms. Hosted by FSB Folkestone area host, Wendy Flanagan of The Holistic Home. Register here


Preparing to bid within the public sector
Wednesday 2 June, 11am – 12pm 
This masterclass will be focusing on showcasing how to find opportunities that are small business friendly, within the public sector. Book here


Kent Women in Enterprise

Tuesday 8th June  11:00- 12:00

Vitual Networking

Join us for virtual networking hosted by FSB North Kent area host, Sue Hainsby of Carlean Lettings.

Our guest speaker Jade Pluck of Jade Consultancy


All the details & book here 


Local News and Information 

Barclays Digital Wings  
Barclays Digital Wings is an online learning tool designed to help you become more tech savvy and keep up-to-date on recent digital trends. If you are a business owner, you may wish to use Digital Wings as a learning and development tool for your employees. Inputting a company code can help to provide your company with certain specific details regarding the users from your company. For more information visit here. If you would like to find out more about using a company code for your business email [email protected]

Lower Thames Crossing 
What are your thoughts on this major infrastructure project? How might it affect your business, and access to customers and supplies? Please do take this quick survey, we are keen to understand your views. 

South East Export Development Project (SEED) launches
SEED will offer businesses a range of free support services to help them access new international markets through an innovative support programme culminating in a series of virtual trade missions aimed at SELEP-based companies which are keen to increase their international activity. To find out more visit here

Business Support 

Free rapid testing 
Everyone in England will be able to access two free Covid-19 rapid testing kits a week from their pharmacist from April 19.

Cycle to Work Scheme
A report published by the Cycle to Work Alliance urges the government to widen access to the scheme to ensure it’s accessible for as many people as possible. FSB’s Craig Beaumont said: “These solid policy recommendations will expand the scheme’s success to millions of small businesses and the self-employed, removing barriers.” 

OKOINDUSTRIA, which is a leading international green expo in Central Europe goes virtual this year between 28-30 April 2021. Also, an international B2B matchmaking program will be organised with the cooperation of the Hungarian Export Promotion Agency. You can visit the detailed program, pre-register and view the list of exhibitors here. To register for the free B2B event, please click here