South East Business Boost

What is the South East Business Boost?

Grants of up £10,000 (and support and guidance) are available to small to medium sized businesses in Kent and Medway to help boost companies and increase employment. The aim of the scheme is to improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness. The South East Business Boost programme provides free business support to start-ups and SMEs within the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area, covering East Sussex, Essex, Kent and Medway. The programme is completely free to access, providing you meet the required eligibility, and can help your company to expand physically and financially. We support a huge range of businesses and are well equipped to enable local organisations to do more and offer more across this beautiful region.

South East Business Boost

You can apply for support under the SEBB Programme if you meet the following criteria:

  • Be a sole trader, partnership, limited company or a not for profit business
  • Currently have fewer than 250 employees
  • Your business must be based within one of the following areas: Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, and Tunbridge Wells.
  • Not have received more than £172,000 in Government grants over the last three years.
  • Have a turnover of less than £43m

The programme can support your business by offering either:

  • 12 free hours of dedicated one to one business support
  • Or access to our workshops programme run by leading experts in their field, including invaluable tips and tools to boost your business
  • Or by providing access to contributory grant towards a growth project.