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KF Business Survey Results

June 15, 2021
Every 6 months The Kent Foundation conducts a Business Survey of all the businesses we are actively supporting. It is important to us to build a more accurate picture of the impact we are having, not just on individual businesses, but for the wider economy. KF-Business-H1-2021-Survey-Results.docxDownload

KentBizFest – 6th July 2022

July 14, 2022
A warm summer welcome to our headline event celebrating young business owners in Kent. Coachworks in Ashford was once again turned into a celebration for young entrepreneurs and business owners in Kent. The Kent Foundation hosted KentBizFest for the second time, and wanting to follow the huge success of the first back in October last year, and it didn't disappoint. The evening was compared by Kent Foundation Business Mentors Liz Jenkins and Julie Flower on the main stage welcoming some of The Kent Foundation’s inspirational young business owners and their mentors to speak on how they get through the...

KentBizFest – 12th October 2021

October 18, 2021
In Person Networking is Back and Greener than ever! People. Planet. Profit.  The three pillars of sustainability, all of which were celebrated at the recent Kent Foundations showcase event KentBizFest! Over one hundred established business owners and young entrepreneurs descended on the Coachworks in Ashford on the 12th October for a night of inspiration, opportunity, and good old-fashioned face to face networking! “…an insightful event offering inspiring advice and business opportunities for young entrepreneurs…” The evening was compared by young entrepreneurs Carleigh-Ann Portelli and Claire Louise Portelli founders of Naked Frank Theatre and the main stage welcomed some of...

Food start-ups supported through strategic partnership Kent Foundation and Produced in Kent

July 26, 2021
Press Release 26 July 2021 The Kent Foundation forms a Strategic Partnership with food and drink membership organisation Produced in Kent The Kent Foundation and Produced in Kent are thrilled to announce their strategic partnership and look forward to working closer together on event and business support activities that benefit the young entrepreneurs in the local independent food and drink sector in Kent. Starting end of September 2021, Kent Foundation and Produced in Kent will run a four-session training series on financial planning aimed at start-ups and small businesses. Often seen as ‘the boring bit’ of running a business, understanding...

The Kent Foundation Awards Evening 2021

January 20, 2021
Celebrating the successes of 2020 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, the way we delivered our service completely changed, as well as how businesses have had to adapt to the new world we find ourselves in with COVID-19. All of the businesses who received support through our mentoring program demonstrated a real innovation and resilience to make the best of what could be done, and we are very proud of theirs successes, and the commitment of our volunteer business mentors. This is why we wanted to publicly celebrate with them, and recognise their achievements. The business community of Kent...

Why now is a great time to think about starting a business

July 17, 2020
Right now the market is seeing a huge decrease in value with many businesses already going under due to COVID-19. There are many businesses who have concerns as to whether they can keep their staff through no fault of their own, and therefore many employees will have concerns for their jobs, perhaps just hoping it will all blow over and we will get back to where we were before lockdown. So is now a good time to start a business? Times are tough for everyone right now without the added pressure of not being able to do our usual daily...