Miles and Smiles

It was a chilly October morning and people had risen early from the warmth of their beds. Their destination? Penshurst Place, the starting point for fundraising bike ride, Miles and Smiles. The place was buzzing with over 100 cyclists all ready and raring to go. There was only one way to get them started a big wave of the flag from The Viscountess De L’Isle. Not only is she the home owner of Penshurst Place but also plays the part of being the Patron of Kent Foundation.

The chilly morning turned in to a spectacular warm Autumn day, and it wasn’t long until we saw some cyclists pedalling their way to the finish line. Amongst them was a few sporting particpants in fancy dress.

We would like to thank all the cyclists for their sporting efforts. The volunteers for their organisation, marshalling and promotion of the event. Not forgetting our sponsors for their contribution to the goody bags and equipment for the day. That is not all British Cycling played a great part in supporting the event with an Event Officer in attendance for the day.

Strengthening our Business Mentoring Service

mentors-for-young-entrepreneurs-rectangle-706Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs has amplified its flagship Business Mentoring service.
After recent training 17 Kent business owners and professionals have joined the ever growing team of Business Mentors who volunteer their time to support young entrepreneurs.
Business and entrepreneurship are hot topics at the moment and becoming an entrepreneur is an increasingly popular career choice amongst young people – you could almost say it is becoming fashionable. It is critical that there is a response to this rise in young entrepreneurs with the delivery of appropriate business support.
With over 60 trained Business Mentors and such a broad spectrum of knowledge between them, Kent Foundation is well placed to deliver truly tailored business support. Since 2010 the service has gone from strength to strength and has accelerated in popularity between young people and the voluntary support offered by the business community of Kent. Young entrepreneurs are matched to a business mentor that meets their specific business needs. They meet for one hour per month and receive expert business guidance which, in turn, increases the chance of business success.
Paul Barron – Director of Kent Foundation was overwhelmed with the expressions of interest for the latest Business Mentor training course and had this to say about it:
business-mentors-in-kent-rectangle-705“Time is precious because it is something that can never be returned. That is why I am ecstatic at the sheer number of people we had in attendance at our latest Business Mentor training course. The time, expertise and skills they offer to young entrepreneurs is without a doubt a valuable resource to Kent Foundation.”

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Wealden Business Group supports Kent’s Young Entrepreneurs

david-meredith-chairman-of-wealden-business-group-rectangle-690The Wealden Business Group (WBG), the Tenterden-based professional networking organisation, has adopted Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs as its Charity of the Year.

WBG meets weekly to help members maximise their business opportunities and exchange information, sales leads and referrals, and has an active social calendar including charity fundraising events. In the past two years, it has raised almost £10,000 for local good causes.

Explains WBG chairman David Meredith: “We believe that we can be of real help to young people starting their careers, and wanted to offer practical support to those who will own and manage the Kent businesses of tomorrow.”
The Kent Foundation was founded in 1985, and provides tailored support through Business Mentoring, specialist enterprise training and access to finance through the Start Up Loans initiative. It strives to offer a personal service and match the enthusiasm of the young person.

Kent Foundation director Paul Barron was delighted by the news: “Having attended WBG I was inspired by their appetite for business and their enthusiasm to support the local economy. There is synergy between WBG and Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs, this opportunity will help us reach out to more young people with potential to be innovative and contribute to their business success”