Advice

Produced in Kent can offer advice and support that can help your business.

Brexit Ready Kent

The Chamber Network is focused on the practicalities of Brexit for business communities across the UK.

As a No Deal Brexit is looking more likely, it is essential that businesses now prepare for the worst and we have put together a range of resources to help you plan for the change.


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Defra -Technical Advice

Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal.
https://www.gov.uk/government/...


This partnership pack is designed to help you support businesses preparing for day one if we leave the EU without a deal.
https://www.gov.uk/government/...

Department of International Trade (DIT)

The DIT are here to help you with your journey into export

It can be hard to know where to start if you’re new to exporting. And even if you export regularly, there’s always more to know. Get exporting guidance for your experience level.

You can hear from other businesses about their experiences, find online marketplaces and opportunities and much more.

You can find more information here: great.gov.uk

Kent International Business

Interested in trading overseas but not sure where to start? Kent International Business (KIB) can provide you with the support to get you started.

Trading in an overseas market is a proven route to business growth and there are many overseas business opportunities which could help your company develop. KIB can help with a range of advice, events and contacts.

KIB along with DIT has produced a guide to getting started in export. The guide includes case studies and useful information about who to contact for support. Download a copy here kentib.co.uk

You can also get help withe Export documentation via the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Export Team

Kent and Medway Growth Hub

This fully funded service is designed to help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area. The local Team of Business Support Navigators can help you identify relevant programmes; initiatives or funding schemes currently on offer across Kent & Medway and can help you access them

Businesses in Kent can now access online business advice through a FREE Live Chat in one click. The service is available Monday – Friday between 9am and 7pm (excluding public bank holidays).

kentandmedwaygrowthhub.org.uk

Better Business For All (BBFA)

Aims to build good relationships between businesses & regulators. Working together to find the most cost effective methods of achieving legal compliance.

For business start ups you can download a free guide – who to talk to and what you need to do to be compliant.

It is a great tool for existing businesses too.

www.bbfa.biz

Check out the case studies to see how a difference has been made: Winterdale Cheesemakers and Biddenden Vineyards

HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed a range of tools and guidance to help small and medium sized businesses understand health and safety. Whether you are new to health and safety or an experienced or expanding business, when you see the H&S ABC logo you will know that those tools and pieces of guidance have been specifically designed with you in mind.

The advice available will help you understand what you do and don’t need to do to avoid unnecessary paperwork and effort.

A – Health and safety made simple
B – Health and safety toolbox
C – Online risk assessments
hse.gov.uk/abc

You can also find information on helping you and your employees to Go Home Healthy covering some of the most common issues such as manual handling.

Food Labelling – Kent Scientific Services

Kent Scientific Services is delighted to be able to offer businesses a fantastic product to help to meet the new nutritional labeling requirement for food products.

From 13th December 2016 it will be compulsory for most food to be labelled with details of its nutritional content. We want to help you to comply with this requirement quickly, reliably and with the least fuss possible.

kent.gov.uk/__data

Kent County Council Trading Standards

From food labelling & product safety, to weights & measures and contract terms & conditions, we can help you navigate regulations to protect your businesses and support good customer service.

We offer a free telephone consultation to discuss your needs and identify how we can help you e.g. free signposting to guidance, tailored advice, pre-print label checks.

We also offer Primary Authority (PDF, 374.0 KB), a legally recognised partnership to provide assured, regulatory advice so you can trade with confidence across local authority borders. Acting as a single point of contact to co-ordinate and provide evidence of your compliance we provide you with a named Trading Standards Officer to work with your business.

For further details please visit our website

Food Standards Agency – Labelling Help

The Food Standards Agency with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Health have created a series of modules that will provide you with a general understanding of current food labelling legislation. Modules can be completed in any order.

labellingtraining.food....

Locate in Kent

Kent makes business sense

Businesses demand the best and Kent offers the advantage of a strong, highly-skilled and international workforce including a stream of ambitious graduates and trained specialist workers, skilled in many key growth sectors. Employees living and working in Kent, benefit from the perfect work/life balance. The county has a rich heritage, areas of outstanding natural beauty and its diversity offers an unrivalled lifestyle to suit everyone.
There is huge potential to grow your business in Kent. Talk to our business experts for free, impartial advice.
locateinkent.com

The Complete Online Business Reference Advisor (COBRA)

The Complete Online Business Reference Advisor (COBRA) is an encyclopaedia of practical information for anyone involved in setting up, running and managing a business enterprise.

As a Kent library card holder, you can download or print documents for your own personal use, to help research, start up or run a business. No part of the product can be transmitted, promoted, referred to or linked to by any other means, including by email or on the internet, without written permission from COBRA. Remote access is restricted to 12 Business Information Briefings, 12 Business Opportunities Profiles, and 6 UK Market Synopsis a year. You can access the COBRA website in any Kent libraryor at home.

Visit the COBRA website.

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