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If you are a Kent business thinking of exporting or trading overseas, the first question you may be asking is “who can help me”? There are various organisations and programmes in Kent which can provide support and advice services to local firms wishing to do business abroad whether you are an experienced exporter or are completely new to international trade.

Can you support Kent businesses in international trade?

The KIB partners realise that there are a number of Kent businesses which have expertise and can provide support to other Kent companies in international trade. If you would like to upload a profile of your business please click below:

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HSBC

HSBC provides the expertise and support of our international specialists in Kent, the products and services you need to develop your business and a wealth of resources, trade reports & country guides

With its global experience, local knowledge and support, HSBC can help your business achieve its ambitions.

  • 8,000 experts in 63 markets to support you
  • Simple account opening with 55 International Banking Centres worldwide
  • Manage global banking online with the award-winning HSBCnet
  • Online support with economic reports and business networks

Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE Project)

The ISE project can help companies in Kent to innovate, adapting products, services or business processes, to be able to enter new European markets. This project connects Kent companies to opportunities in Northern France, East & West Flanders (Belgium) and the SW of the Netherlands. ISE is part financed by the EU Interreg 5A 2 Seas Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.

  • Workshops and events in Kent and its European partner regions
  • 1-2-1 advice and innovation coaching
  • Market visits and partnering events
  • International innovation events
  • Access to new cross-border business clusters

Institute of Directors - Kent Branch

The Kent Branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) is recognised as the premier business organisation for the business people within the county.

Acknowledged as one of the most pro-active branches in the IoD network, our objectives are simply to support our members’ business activities locally by providing a range of networking opportunities and lobbying actions.  We have approx 1,600 members in Kent and in the last 12 months the branch has held more than 70 events, ranging from social events to informative discussion forums, topical business breakfasts and corporate hospitality occasions.  We pride ourselves in providing our members with exclusive access to venues and important members of the business community.

We aim to support directors to fulfil their leadership responsibilities, to facilitate networking relations, to provide an unsurpassed platform for conducting business and to represent the concerns of our members locally, nationally and beyond.  Please contact Debbie Cameron for further details on membership.   The IOD Kent branch also runs a bi-monthly international business forum focusing on all issues of international trade.

Kent County Council

In its latest medium term plan “Bold Steps for Kent”, KCC has pledged to help the Kent economy to grow and make the most of Kent’s unique gateway location between London and mainland Europe.

In its latest medium term plan “Bold Steps for Kent”, KCC has pledged to help the Kent economy to grow and make the most of Kent’s unique gateway location between London and mainland Europe. Whilst trading overseas is a proven route to economic growth, KCC is aware that Kent firms are not trading abroad as actively as those in other parts of the South East. Kent County Council is therefore co-ordinating the Kent International Business partnership programme to encourage more local companies to access overseas markets through providing more coherent international trade support for the county.

KCC is also the lead partner for the EU funded ISE project which can provide support to Kent businesses wishing to explore nearby European markets (East & West Flanders, SW Holland and Nord-Pas de Calais (France)) as well as the Boost4Health project which can help Life Science companies with internationalisation.

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation which provides a full range of business support services, ranging from networking, business support to representation. Its aims are to build and support an environment that is conducive to business growth and enterprise.

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce can provide direct expert support to local businesses with various aspects of international trade including a full export documentation and certification service. KICC is also co-ordinating the LinkToChina programme for Kent. LinkToChina is a UK-China business matchmaking project developed jointly by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). The project, which is also backed by Wilkins Kennedy, was launched in Kent in January and there are opportunities for Kent companies to access fast track matchmaking and other direct business opportunities in China.

Locate in Kent

Locate in Kent is Kent and Medway’s investment promotion agency, helping businesses to expand in or relocate to the area from the UK or overseas. We provide a free, professional and confidential service to make the move or expansion to the county as easy and seamless as possible.

Having already helped nearly 700 companies (188 - 26.7% from overseas) move to or expand in the county and created almost 26,000 new jobs, Locate in Kent provides an all inclusive advice package when it comes to business investment. We understand the complexities involved in relocating and expanding, especially from overseas, and provide a tailored service that simplifies each stage of the process. Locate in Kent provides location specific research, local knowledge, specialist contacts and access to a comprehensive commercial property search where you can find office, industrial and warehouse business property in every part of Kent and Medway. It also has a number of local partners experienced in assisting overseas companies with legal advice, translation and cultural support in their own language.

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