The Kent Foundation was launched in 1985. The Rt Hon Lord Aldington who was the appointed board chairman invited Kent’s young entrepreneurs and the press to a reception in the grounds of Leeds Castle.
A need had been identified for business support for aspiring young entrepreneurs across Kent. The Kent Foundation was (and still is) a place for ambitious young business owners of Kent to express their business ideas and get the support to turn them into a reality and boost the economy of Kent through business creation, business startup and business growth.
Our mission is to ensure young people of Kent get the support they need to be successful in starting and growing a business, so contributing to the overall success of Kent.
The Kent Foundation is an essential part of the business community, supporting innovative young people to grow new enterprises, create employment opportunities, and contribute to the economic well-being of the County. Start-ups are essential to growing a successful economy and 2020 marks our 35th anniversary-everything we have achieved over the last 35 years has inspired, created, and successfully grown hundreds of new enterprises in Kent.
Why we do it
“My mentor is one of the most inspiring, knowledgeable and compassionate people I’ve ever had the fortune of working with, and I am incredibly privileged to have her as a mentor. She lifts me up when I’m doubting myself – building my resilience and courage to keep on growing. We work not just on my business but we debate, we collaborate, we play with concepts and we work on my thought processes states and wellbeing. We connect on all manner of life issues, which has enabled me to have such a brilliant and successful first year of business. I leave my sessions with her bursting with energy, and ready to take action.”
Business Mentoring & Advice
People do business with people, and we want to get to know you and your business. Contact us and we will arrange an informal meeting where we will grab a cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer? (Following current UK Government guidelines) at a time and location that suits you. We will find out more about you and your business idea, as well as your vision for the future. We can then help you access what is right for you to start and grow your business idea. All of our Business Mentors are experienced business people from across Kent who volunteer their time. Every Kent Foundation business mentor has attended our 2 day mentor training course to develop and understand what mentoring is, and deliver effective business support for young entrepreneurs and business owners in Kent. Research shows that mentored startups grow 3.5x faster. The success of entrepreneurs, who are constantly pulled in many directions, can be amplified with the support of the right mentor who, above all, helps the founder focus and invest time wisely.
Business Networking and Mastermind Groups
We regularly host networking events designed to bring young business owners together. We know and understand that business can be a lonely place at times so getting together regularly with other like minded business owners can be a real boost for your business. To find out more about our mastermind groups please watch the video below and don’t hesitate to contact us for all future events.
KentBizFest! is our all new business event which makes a difference! Come and meet some of Kent’s incredible young entrepreneurs, hear the stories behind their business successes and listen to how they see business in the future. Find out more about the support they receive from The Kent Foundation, and what it means to them. Plus so much more with space and time to catch up with friends and make new contacts. This event is currently on hold due to COVID-19, please stay in touch as we will be announcing an event date soon. Find out more HERE
Business Start-up Workshops
These workshops are designed to enable and equip business start-ups to achieve success. The content is packed with practical tips and tools to help get their businesses up and running. What makes a successful business? How do you get it off the ground? and do the sums add up? We will unpack the skills, knowledge and attitudes it takes to run a business, and how to get organised. We will explore are they heading in the right direction, and where do they want to be in 5 years? what needs to be prioritised? Marketing, do they know who their customers are? How to create sales opportunities, value added, and maximising business opportunities that come your way. and more! If you would like to know where we are currently delivering these workshops, or you would like us to deliver them for your organisation, please contact us for more information.
Engaging with Enterprise Workshops
Do you work in education, and would like your students to learn more about business? We have developed a wide range of interactive, explorative and confidence building workshops designed for school, college and university students. These workshops will develop entrepreneurial and enterprise skills which includes business planning, management and leadership, creative thinking and communication skills to name a few. As well as the opportunity to develop new skills it is also a great way to promote and encourage students to consider business as a career option. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, all our workshops can be tailored to suit your needs.
Looking for business advice and mentoring?
Check out our handy guide to see if you are eligible for support from The Kent Foundation, and what we can do to help startup or grow your business.