Finance and Funding
When locating your business in Ashford you will gain access to a number of funding options, from grants to business loans. You will also benefit from exclusive business support.
Kent & Medway Business Fund
A scheme delivered by Kent County Council, the Kent and Medway Business Fund offers 0% loans from £50,000 to £500,000 to SMEs in Ashford.
To apply, you must have fewer than 250 employees and be located or looking to relocate in Kent. Your project must create or safeguard jobs in the county. For more information on the programme and how to apply, visit the Kent and Medway Business Fund page.
South East Business Boost
The South East Business Boost is aimed at SMEs across the South East, including Ashford companies, looking to employ more people locally.
Businesses can apply for grants up to £10,000, as well as receive support and guidance from the SEBB team. Find out more about this scheme.
Start Up loan + Mentoring
This funding scheme is dedicated to fledgling companies or entrepreneurs at the beginning of their business journey (under 24 months of trading or pre-start stage).
Up to £25,000 can be borrowed at a low, fixed interest rate. Businesses can decide to repay their loan across one to five years.
They will also get access to free mentoring for the first 12 months.
For more information, visit the Invicta Chamber of Commerce’s website.
If you’re a UK business looking to develop an innovative product, process or service, you can apply for Innovate UK funding and get between £25,000 and £10 million depending on your project.
For more information visit gov.uk
Kent and Medway Growth Hub
Kent and Medway Growth Hub can help you access local and national grants and finance schemes, and provide support on how to apply for funding. Visit their website for more information.