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Support for business

The Swale Means Business website, is aimed to help those looking to start, expand or relocate their business to the borough. There is also information on the website for those interested in investing in Swale.

The borough offers a wide range of commercial land and property, from hot desks and serviced offices for start-ups to workshops, industrial units and warehouses. You can search our property register to see what’s available.

Whether you are looking to get your business idea off the ground, expand your workforce, or help grow your business for the future, we can help.

Business E-Bulletin - keeping commerce connected

Our monthly E-Bulletin, aims to keep local businesses in the loop when it comes to discussing aspirations for and opportunities within the borough. Packed with insightful information and covering issues relevant to Swale commerce, including funding, events, training and employment, we hope that it becomes a staple means to keep communication flowing between the council and the business community.

If you want to be kept up to date with the latest news, funding opportunities, business support offers and details of upcoming events, sign up to receive our Business E-Bulletin today!

Business Support Programme

Working in partnership with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce (KICC), Swale provides a FREE business support programme to new and existing businesses in the borough.

The programme comprises:

Starting in Business Workshops – a half day group session, that goes into the basics and is the essential starting point for anyone looking to develop their business idea. Run as a small informal group session with like-minded people, attendees will benefit from a creative and supportive environment that will take their plans to the next level.

During the workshop you will work though the outline of a basic business plan covering:

By the end of the course you will be fired up and have enough knowledge to create a comprehensive business plan.

One to one advice sessions - Following the Starting in Business workshop, you are then entitled to up to three face to face sessions with a business advisor. These sessions are an ideal opportunity to look at particular areas of your business plan, where you may require further advice and guidance but are also beneficial to existing business looking to tackle a specific issue.
‘Ask Phil’ - In need of support or guidance for your business? We know just the man with the answer, if not the plan. ‘Ask Phil’ is an online live chat service with an experienced Business Adviser.

Business Events – Focusing on a variety of different topics, guest speakers share their expertise and experience. Sign up to be notified about our latest events through the business bulletin or follow us on social media.

If you are interested in taking part in this FREE programme, please contact the Economic Development Team via email edu@swale.gov.uk or alternatively call 01795 417398 to see how we can help your business grow!   

Business funding

There are many potential sources for funding your business idea within the Borough.

Swale Economy and Regeneration Partnership (SERP)

Is a partnership between local businesses and voluntary and public sector organisations.

Commercial Property Register

Search for Industrial and Commercial leasehold and freehold land and property available in the borough.

Business plan guidance

Information to support and enable organisations to submit proposals in the correct format.
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