Canterbury Folk Festival – 27/28 June 2015

Canterbury Folk Festival (2)Canterbury Folk Festival 2015 is a FREE event hosted by Canterbury based young entrepreneur Petko Kolev. The Festival takes place in the Dane John Gardens on 27-28th June. Come along and enjoy this weekend music festival in the heart of Canterbury, there’s something for everyone!

– Local and national bands from the New Canterbury Scene
– Morris dancers
– Artisan food stalls
– Bar with local ales
– Art and craft makers and retailers
– Kids area with activities

Play your part…

Volunteers are an essential part of the festival, so here’s your chance to get involved. As a volunteer steward there are plenty of opportunities including site set up and break down, traffic control, venue management, artists’ reception, keeping it clean and many more.

To get involved or for further information contact:

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Edenbridge Enterprise Initiative has Launched

Edenbridge Enterprise Initiative Employment and Self Employment Training for Young People

Click Here for Training Dates

The Edenbridge Enterprise Initiative programme will provide you with enhanced skills, knowledge, confidence and self esteem in order to become gainfully employed or start your own business. The three week programme starting 30th April consists of interactive and practical workshops. We will equip you with practical skills to be used in finding employment or starting a business. If you want to attend any of the sessions get in touch by booking below. Just meet one of the criteria below to apply:

    • Aged 16-25
    • Not in employment
    • Not in training
    • Not In Education
    • Looking to build your career prospects
    • Looking to start a business


Ongoing Support:

Target Your Potential is offering a superb chance to get ‘one of a kind’ work experience. Through the Edenbridge Enterprise Initiative they will connect you with a work experience opportunity at a local employer giving you the chance to put the skills you have learnt into practice. Fear not though you will not be alone, they will still be there to support you every step of the way, if you have a question…just ask! Once work experience is completed continued personal support will be offered to help you create bite-sized steps in achieving your career goals.

IMG_2539Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs is offering support to help you create your own employment and start a business. They will meet with you on a 1-2-1 basis to find out more about you, your business ideas and your vision for the future providing you with some all important information, advice and guidance. It doesn’t stop there…we have a strong network of trained Business Mentors with whom you can be matched with and meet once a month to help you keep on track of your business goals.


House, The Eden Centre, Four Elms Way, Edenbridge, TN8 6BY

Business Innovation Zone, Unit One, Norton House, Fircroft Way, Edenbridge TN8 6EL

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Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs a proud Finalist at Kent Charity Awards

Kent Charity Awards Finalist:

Community Charity of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that we were crowned a Finalist in the first ever Kent Charity Awards. The awards received almost 160 entries, so we were mightily pleased to be one of the final three to be short-listed in the Community Category.

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Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs Finalist Kent Charity Awards

About us and our work:

The Kent Foundation is a business support charity that is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and supporting business start-up and growth amongst Kent’s young people.  We actively engage with all your people who seek business support and specifically target young people in the area of Kent with the highest levels of youth unemployment.

All of our business support services are provided free of charge to Kent’s young people. We are privileged that the business community of Kent is so willing to invest their time in to the future development of Kent’s young business people through volunteering, networking and sponsoring. In the past 4 years we have gained the support of over 100 Volunteers who have completed our training to become Business Mentors.

Support us:

To donate, just click below, and don’t forget to include Gift-Aid, it gives us that little bit extra 😉
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To sponsor us head over to our Contact Us page to send us a message

To become a Volunteer Business Mentor, check this out…

French Work Experience Student Supports Kent’s Young Business Owners

Myriam CompressedHello I’m Myriam

I am 17 years old and enjoy singing, shopping, listening to music, sport, going out at night to restaurants, cinema, etc…

Tell us about where you are from in France?

I’m from Marseille, a big city in the south of France. Previously the name of the city was Massilia, don’t ask me why, I really don’t remember 😀 Here’s something important to know about it? It is very sunny! In Maidstone the “must have” is an umbrella, but in Marseille it’s definitely the sunglasses!

beachesI think two of the most important aspects of life in my city are “The Summer” (we have beautiful beaches) and “The Football” (our team is Olympic de Marseille). We have many places to visits, many malls for shopping, and a lot of beaches to tan.

The “Marseillais” (people who live in Marseille) are proud of our accent which is unique to the South of France, so much so that a lot of French people from other regions in the country can have trouble understanding us.

Plus the foods are totally better than England.

Why did you come to England for your work experience?

Since I was 11 years old, I have loved English and am really interested in the English and American singers.

I started my studies in a College General and my English was really good so they put me in the European section but this didn’t interest me enough so I decided to change to Professional Studies. I am currently study Admin Work in the vocational High School Frederic Mistral and this is my last year.

There are 5 periods of work experience that I have had to complete during my 3 years studying Admin and 1 period is in England because I’m in European section.  Not all students in my class have the chance to do this work experience in England, you have to be responsible and good at English.

To complete work experience in England allows me to improve my English and discover a new way of working in a different culture.

What does Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs do? What was your role?

Kent Foundation is a charity enterprise that helps young peoples to start their own business. They find a Volunteer Business Mentor for each young business person to support them.

Myriam MazeThe Mentor meets the young business person and they work together on business problems. The Mentors have attended training to be prepared for this experience.

Some tasks that I completed were:
– Participated and engaged with young people and business owners at exhibitions.
– Create documents such as minutes of meetings, posters, risk assessments, organisation charts etc
– Participate in meetings with Mentors, Mentees and Volunteers.
– Redesign the notice board at the entrance.

Where did you go and what did you see on your stay to England?

During my 3 weeks in Maidstone, I went to London visiting Camden Town where you can find a bargain so I bought some clothes, I also went to Oxford Street via Piccadilly Circus. I went just the once to London because the train from Maidstone to London is expensive…

We also celebrated the birthday of a boy in my class by having a night out bowling.

When I was with my teachers in October, we visited Leeds Castle, Historic Dockyard in Chatham and Madame Tussaud’s in London and of course I went in to Maidstone Town for some shopping and souvenirs…

What have you learnt from your experience?

During my work experience I learnt to:

– Develop my language skills
– Discover a new culture, a new way of life
– Be more mature, be independent
– Be aware about the clothes i’m wearing e.g. formal/informal
– Listen and respond
I will always keep a good souvenir about this work experience in my memory, it was exceptional for me to do it in England and with great people. I met so many people during meetings and events, all the things that I did were really interesting. It was a one off chance for me to work in this enterprise with Paul and Liam, they are so passionate about their jobs 🙂


Kent Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs shortlisted as a finalist in the Kent Charity Awards

Kent Charity Awards FinalistWe are excited to announce that we have been shortlisted in the first ever Kent Charity Awards. You’ll find us in the ‘Community Charity Award Category‘ plus there’s a chance for us to win overall charity of the year. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us.

What are the Kent Charity Awards?

The aim of these awards is to showcase the hard work and perseverance that charities and voluntary groups undertake to make the lives of others better. There are currently no similar awards in Kent and these awards will be unique and become an important date in the third sector diaries. The awards will be open to both small and large charities whether a branch of a national charity, a small community based charity or a voluntary group.

When do you find out if we have won?

We will be attending a gala evening on Thursday 19 March at The Corn Exchange in Rochester, hosted by BBC South East TV’s Rob Smith.  There are six categories this year; Heritage and Environment Award, Care Sector Award, Animal Charity Award, Voluntary Award, Community Charity Award and Children’s Charity Award. There will be one winner from each category and then an overall Charity of the Year winner. We will be sure to keep you in the loop of how we get on via our newsletters but if you really can’t wait all the latest news will be on our social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

Kent Excellence in Business Awards 2015 – Now Open For Entries!

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015…Is this you?

Awards are one of the most powerful and cost-effective marketing tools and winning a prestigious KEiBA will help your organisation to stand out from the crowd, send a positive message to your existing customers, attract new business and investors.

Entering KEiBA will help you raise the profile of your organisation and enhance its reputation by promoting the great work you have been doing over the last twelve months, whilst at the same time providing you with a platform to celebrate your success. The KEiBAs are free to enter and open to any business or organisation based and operating in the Kent and Medway area, excluding London Borough postcodes e.g Bromley, Bexley and Orpington.

There are 15 categories to choose from in the awards so it’s well worth having a look to see which ones are best suited to your business. You can enter a maximum of 4 categories.

Bush Grub, Kent Excellence in Business Start up Business of the Year

“The best thing I would say about winning a KEiBA is the credibility it gives your company. It’s helped us through making connections with a wide range of people. So if we’ve approached a bank looking for growth finance or anything like that, it’s just made us a lot more respectable in that sense, showing that we can win an award like this and run a successful business. People seem to respect a company a bit more having gone through this process and actually come out winning.”

Ben Bartlett – Director of Bush Grub LtdStart-Up Business of the Year 2014


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