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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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.
- +44 (0)1732 520700
UK Export Finance
James Bowker has been in place as UK Export Finance’s (“UKEF”) Adviser in Kent since July 2014.
James’ role is to raise awareness of the many schemes the Government offers to help small and larger businesses overcome financial obstacles to selling goods and services abroad, whether for the first time or on a more experienced footing. He is keen to stress that the Export Finance Adviser role extends to providing free advice on help that is available by Banks and other private sector businesses.
The intention is that UKEF’s products and services complement the overall range of support available to Business. Examples of help include the provision of Government Guarantees to Banks so that the Bank can release valuable working capital funds that may have been “ring fenced” by the provision of a Bond, eg a Tender Bond if a Business is competing for a new contract.
Additionally a UKEF Guarantee can also provide Banks with a suitable level of security to enable the provision of additional working capital funds to a Business competing for a lucrative new contract. To protect against the risk of non payment by an Overseas customers UKEF also provides credit insurance products.
UK Export Finance was established after the first world war to help a beleaguered British Industry struggling to re-establish itself and provide support in securing new contracts abroad. For many decades (and many members may be more familiar with its more formal title) the Export Credits Guarantee Department was synonymous with helping Exporters of large projects and capital equipment - aeroplanes, ships etc.
However, whilst that role remains relevant, UKEF is now focused on helping all businesses in almost all sectors and all sizes, whether they are a small independent Engineering business finalizing their first overseas contract or a more experienced Exporter using UKEF as longer term partner. Even if there is not an Overseas contract imminent, James is happy to discuss what support UKEF can offer for business planning for the future.
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- +44 (0)7812 667327
University of Kent
The University of Kent was established in Canterbury in 1965 and has now become known as the UK’s European university, with campuses in Paris, Brussels as well as its Kent campuses at Medway and Tonbridge. It has nearly 20,000 students, of which approaching 17,000 are undergraduates and nearly 3,000 are postgraduates.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the University was placed 24th out of 159 participating institutions in the UK for its world-leading research, while 97% of its academic staff work in schools or centres where the research is rated as either internationally or nationally excellent. The University’s strong European impact is reinforced by long-standing partnerships with more than 100 universities in mainland Europe and it is the only UK university to have specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels and Paris. It is a major educational, economic and cultural force in Canterbury, Medway and throughout the rest of Kent, supporting innovation & enterprise.
With world-class expertise and state-of-the art facilities, the University of Kent is perfectly positioned to provide innovative solutions for your organisation. Whatever your sector or location, our internationally renowned academics and subject specialists offer a wealth of expertise to develop innovative solutions and technologies to give your business a competitive edge. Whether you are looking for professional consultancy, higher-level skills development, IP development, collaborative search or highly skilled students, the University of Kent is here to help. Kent Innovation & Enterprise offers a range of services to help businesses including:
- Funding opportunities
- Training and professional development
- Student placements
- Student and graduate incubation and start-up
- +44 (0) 1227 827376