KIB Newsletter January 2021

Posted on: 4th January 2021

Innovative Sector Exchange (ISE) Legacy – Imagineers International

Our 4 year ISE project came to an end in December. The project connected companies from Kent, Northern France, East & West Flanders and the Netherlands from different sectors. Although the formal project activities and cross-border visits have ended for now, we can still connect you to our partners and businesses on the other side of the Channel. Find out more about ISE and see what we did by clicking here to visit our ISE pages

The digital and creative sector companies in the project were keen to keep the links open and will continue to work together and have recently launched the Imagineers International cluster. Digital & Creative companies from Kent are invited to get involved. You can find out more by clicking here to visit the new Imagineers International Website.

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International Trade Webinars & Online Events – diary dates for Jan & Feb:

Why not take a couple of hours to brush up on your knowledge of export processes and get some valuable advice and information to help your business with all things international?

Customs Declarations

In readiness for an expected increase of over 200 million customs declarations after the UK leaves the EU, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce can offer a customs brokerage service for traders through its ChamberCustoms programme.

This new service offers traders a high level of compliance with HMRC procedures and offers a direct link for customs clearance through all sea, air and road ports and terminals in the UK.

With KICC’s extensive expertise in facilitating international trade, the service can help reduce the administrative burden of exporting and importing goods.

The service is offered direct to businesses and through freight forwarders, ensuring that customs clearance is accurate, timely and avoids additional costs through delays or errors.

KICC offers

  1. A high level of compliance and assurance for customers
  2. Confidence on tariff and data entry to remove fiscal risk; backed by the technical expertise of the market leader in this sector
  3. A wealth of international trade experience and expertise from across the trusted Chamber of Commerce network

For more information, please get in touch at or call 01233 503838

Coming Soon: SEED Project

Kent County Council and Kent Invicta Chamber along with counterparts in Essex, Medway and East Sussex have secured funding from SELEP (the South East Local Enterprise Partnership) for a new project called SEED (South East Export Development).

The project will run from March and will organise a series of virtual trade missions and free activities to help companies to access new international markets. The project will focus on the following sectors:

  • Agri-food
  • Life Sciences
  • Digital & Creative

Project planning is currently underway including the targeting and selection of the international markets and we’ll publish further information as soon as it is ready. In the meantime, please email to express an interest in participating.

Boost4Health and Life Sciences Update:

The Boost4Health Project connects Kent to Life Science clusters across Europe. We’re getting ready to launch our latest voucher scheme in January 2021.

B4H will be offering Kent companies ‘Connection’ Vouchers (grants of up to €500 to forge a partnership in mainland Europe) and ‘Internationalisation Support’ Vouchers (grants of up to €1500 to facilitate a project with a service provider in another European country. Further details about these vouchers will follow soon but you can click here to visit the Boost4Health website in the meantime

The Boost4Health online service provider database encourages international business collaborations and partnerships. Our database helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who wish to develop internationally to find service providers who can support them with taking life sciences and medical products to market in another country. Become a B4H Service Provider by clicking on this link.

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Global Young Innovators Programme – UK & South Africa

The Global Young Innovators programme will offer 60 forward-thinking, entrepreneurial minds from across the UK and South Africa (aged 18-30), a platform to join forces, ignite ideas and co-design solutions that can help solve five of the greatest challenges facing our global community.

Providing mentorship, industry leading training and the chance to pitch for £10,000 in grant funding, this bespoke 3 to 9-month programme is designed to connect and equip UK and South African young innovators with the resources needed to bridge the gap, and transform their early-stage idea into a viable business.

Please click here to visit the application page.

Who is the programme for?  UK-based early-stage or start-up businesses

  • Founders and entrepreneurs who are aged 18-30 years
  • With an early-stage idea or solution to address one of the five global challenges
  • Eager to collaborate with a South African Young Innovator on a joint project
  • Have not received more than €200,000 in public funds over the last 3 fiscal years
  • Committed to fully engage with the programme’s package of support and attend all events

Programme dates: Applications close: 5.00pm (GMT) 08 January 2021, Phase 1: 15 Jan – 19 March 2021, Phase 2: 19 Mar – 30 September 2021.

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EU Transition

SIE Project Ending

KCC’s SME Internationalisation Exchange Project is coming to an end. The project has helped the Kent International Business partner organisations to review the export support available to companies locally and to make improvements.

We recently held our end of project event online and you can click here to view the videos and presentations.

As part of SIE, we created the Kent Export Pathway which you can find out about by clicking here.

We were also able to give out €50,000 in grant funding to provide ‘export manager’ services to Kent businesses. You can find out how Kent-based Karimix benefited from the Kent Export Manager pilot scheme by clicking here.

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