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.

LoCASE Grant Scheme

The Low Carbon Across the South East scheme provides local small and medium businesses with match-funded grants up to £20,000 as well as free business support. This scheme is aimed at companies looking to enhance their green credentials whether it’s developing a sustainable product or reducing their carbon footprint.

For more information on the LoCASE Grant, visit: http://locase.co.uk/partners-and-services/

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.

Innovate UK

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

Boost 4 Health

This programme supports Kent-based, Life Science focused businesses looking to expand to Europe.

It opens up access to business coaching programme, a product validation network and will receive micro-financing for growth acceleration. You can also apply for travel vouchers (up to €500) to a life science event in Europe.

For more information on the B4H funding scheme, visit https://www.boost4health.eu/

You can also benefit from a range of grants and loans from national authorities. For more information on these programmes, visit Ashford Borough Council.