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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 


Growing Into Export Markets
Wednesday 2 December, 10am – 11am
As many businesses have pivoted and diversified in order to keep trading this year, now is the time is consider exporting. But where do you start? Join us for this focused session where we’ll take a practical walk through all the considerations, benefits, pitfalls and opportunities of exporting goods. Our expert speaker Mike Stokes (Department for International Trade) will advise on all you need to know to get going and make a success of exporting.

Book here 


BAME Networking 
Friday 4 December
We are starting a new project to help support and promote Black and Minority-Ethnic (BAME) business people. If you are interested in taking part in a round-table on this topic, please do get in touch: [email protected]  


London & South East Economic Summit 
Monday 7 December, 8.30am – 10am  
The summit will consider ‘how can the local professional community help SMEs during a challenging H1 of 2021?’ The key objective is to stimulate debate on how best the local economy can weather the storm and emerge stronger, and how the local professional community can work to support this goal. Participants will be invited to join breakout rooms. The London Room has the following panel members: Rowena Howie, FSB Chair of London Policy, Luke Bruce GLA Head of Economic Development and Lauren Quigley, Head of Innovation Programmes, London & Partners. Other rooms of interest include Croydon, South London & Surrey, Kent & Sussex, Oxfordshire & Berkshire, Skills and Brexit. Local professionals and community leaders are invited. To attend register here 


Big Kent Christmas Jumper Zoom

10th December 10-11am

Meet other businesses and expand your network at our Big Kent Christmas Jumper Networking event!

We’re joining our Folkestone, Dartford and Maidstone networking events into one Big Kent Christmas Jumper Networking Zoom hour! Meet fellow self-employed and small business owners in breakout rooms, hear a brief reminder of the benefits of being an FSB Member and enjoy an hour’s networking online. Bring a coffee, decorate your screen and wear a Christmas jumper if you have one!  

FSB members and non-members are welcome to attend – so please feel free to share with your networks.

For the first few minutes we will help you iron out any problems with Zoom and connecting, if you need us to.

For general enquiries regarding the event please email to [email protected] 

Details and book here 

Skills 30:30 
Wednesday 20 January 2021
Skills 30:30 is back! If you could offer one hour to virtually speed network with students, please get in touch! [email protected]

Mind The App: Developing & building mobile solutions
Tuesday 24 November, 12pm  – 1pm
How do I build, protect and help fund a mobile solution for my business, have it all demystified. Book here 

Local News and Information 

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. 

KCC Budget Consultation 2021-22
KCC’s Budget Consultation is now open. To have your say on where you think spending reductions could be made to service areas and on our Council Tax proposals, please visit kent.gov.uk/budget before 24 November 2020. We welcome your participation in this consultation and would also be very grateful if you could cascade the information to those you work with.

Grants and funding across Kent and Medway, 2020 
A brief overview of grants and funding available across the South East. Click here for more details. 

Business Support 

Expert panellists wanted 
The Financial Ombudsman Service is looking for new SME Expert panel members whose expertise and experience can help it reach the right decisions in resolving complaints. It is looking for people who have experience operating at board level who could be called in on a variety of areas, including commercial insurance and forensic accounting. 

Webinars for business
If your business trades with the EU, be sure to register for a series of government webinars on steps to help with preparedness ahead of the end of the transition period on 1 January. Organised by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, they are tailored to different sectors, including life sciences, aerospace and construction.