Thanet council awarded £78,750 to provide Business Support programme for isle firms

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Thanet District Council has been awarded £78,750 funding from Kent County Council to provide a Business Support programme for isle firms.

The council’s Business Engagement Officer is working alongside a business advisor and sector specialists from Social Enterprise Kent to provide a package of practical and targeted business support until October 2023.

Activities are focused on small, medium and independent businesses with the aim of helping them to tackle ongoing challenges, including post-pandemic recovery and cost of living pressures.

The Thanet Business Support team works with companies to answer questions or offer signposting and guidance on initiatives and grants.

Following an initial conversation, business owners will be invited to attend networking and partnering sessions, training, and where appropriate, individual one to one sessions. Consultants will be on hand with expertise in specific areas of business including finance, strategy, staffing, social media, marketing, scale up, products, supply chain and much more. We anticipate that a full schedule of training and events will commence in January 2023.

Cllr Reece Pugh, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “This funding is a real opportunity for us to provide meaningful help for local businesses, across a wide range of disciplines. I would urge business owners to make the most of the support on offer, and to get in touch to tell us what would help them most, so that the support can really be tailored to their needs.”

If you are a business owner and would like to find out about training and other opportunities available through the Business Support programme, sign up to the dedicated email list by emailing [email protected].

Alternatively you can contact the SEK Business Advisor for an initial conversation on 01843 210005 or by emailing [email protected]

Businesses can also access 12 months of free, practical support to promote their businesses through social media, via the Maybe Tech platform. Further information will be available soon.

More than 500 businesses have already signed up to the mailing list to be kept up to date with ‘Shop Local’ initiatives and high street campaigns including Totally Locally, Fiver Fests, and Christmas activities.

Sign up by emailing [email protected]


  1. theres probably more truth in that than we realise fred – them and anybody connected to this so called art nonsense thats blighting our lives

  2. The best way to support businesses would be to scrap and reform business rates so those with high street property aren’t massively penalised by this compared to the mega online giants like Amazon. Until then all such initiatives, whilst well-meaning, will make very limited difference.

  3. Watch that get wasted on pet projects instead of being used for small business start ups that really need it. This will be typical TDC, TDC Clkrs, and Thanets MPs input to business which have long been categorised as dead donkeys.

  4. As long as it does not go to a councilor who has business.. I find it odd. One cllr has his business at media centre king street margate… The charter trustees your councillors give rent to their own what… The precept of £1600 goes to who.. Tdc.. Yet business cllr gets money too

  5. Well that’s going to help,Nobody.
    Time they take the admission charges out of the pot, then hold pointless board meetings sweet FA will get to those who need the support.
    Did you know that most local authorities are still remote working? All empty buildings are still heated fully for the few that do use the offices.
    It’s doesn’t matter because it’s the taxpayer’s who foot the bill.
    Something to consider when the people of Thanet vote in the next shower

  6. Fund businesses and homes to get solar panels and insulation and help them cut energy bills. Help the asylum seekers at Manston

  7. SURPRISE!!! SEK on the gravy train again. With a proven track record for delivering nothing and taking contracts left right and centre, when is anyone going to ask them what they’re doing with it all? This is a ‘social enterprise’ that would make huge losses and be out of business in a year if it wasn’t for these ridiculous sticking plaster schemes

  8. Once again the people who need it more ie ordinary people, who need homes, are being sidestepped for something that the council will benefit from.

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