Support in Maidstone

A pro-business council, here to support you

We’re determined to do everything we can to help businesses in Maidstone flourish and reach their full potential. That’s why we offer initial and ongoing business support to anybody who needs it, encouraging new businesses to start up and existing ones to continue to grow sustainably.

The business support on offer in Maidstone ranges from free advice from expert consultants at The Business Terrace to funding schemes designed to spark growth. Read through what’s available to you and get in touch if there’s anything we can help with.

Maidstone Business Boost

Maidstone Borough Council is asking businesses affected by COVID-19 to come forward to check what help, advice and potential financial support is available to them as part of its new scheme, Maidstone Business Boost (MBB).

By offering diagnostic meetings to understand individual businesses’ needs, MBB aims to guide applicants through the wide range of free resources on offer, and help them identify which they qualify for, including training, marketing, and recruitment.

In addition to the support for businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19, grants of up to £10,000 are available to businesses taking on a lease for ground floor premises in a commercial centre due to diversification or growth.

Business advisors

Maidstone Borough Council provides businesses with unlimited free support via The Business Terrace. We’ve partnered with different organisations to be able to provide free advice across a range of topics, including:

  • Business advice
  • Legal advice
  • Accountancy
  • Business banking

Maybe you just have an early idea for a business, or perhaps you’ve already started operating. Whatever stage you’re at in your business journey, our advisors are here to help. You can meet with our business advisors by visiting The Business Terrace between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday, or contact us directly for more information.

Start-up support

Starting a new business is never easy, but it’s much more approachable when you have support. The Maidstone Borough Council Economic Development Team is here to support you as you start, relocate, or grow your business in Maidstone. We can work with you to find the most cost-effective premises in the right locations and to recruit and nurture the talent you need to be successful.

  • Funding: Our team will help you identify and access the most appropriate grants, loans, or equity finance to enable your business to start up and begin to thrive.
  • Property: Our comprehensive knowledge of Maidstone’s commercial property market will enable us to help you find the most suitable workspace for your business.
  • Advice: From business planning and HR to legal, accounting, and web design, you can speak to one of our advisors over the phone five days a week for impartial advice.

Planning support

Pre-application advice is available for planning proposals to help identify if any specialist advice may be needed. We can also discuss your proposal, including the design and materials being used, and may be able to indicate if your application is likely to be successful.

Our Economic Development

Providing outstanding support to businesses in the area is one of our priorities because of the large impact it can have on progress towards our broader Economic Development Strategy for Maidstone:

    • Retaining and attracting investment: Supporting existing businesses to grow and working to attract new employers to the borough, creating job opportunities for all residents across a range of sectors.
    • Stimulating entrepreneurship: Creating a more entrepreneurial and innovative economy, by helping new business start-ups and those with high growth potential to generate more prosperity by encouraging new and growing private sector businesses.
    • Enhancing the town centre: Improving Maidstone town centre as a high-quality retail and leisure destination, creating a fantastic environment to live and work. A major focus will be on public realm improvements and enhancing the quality of town centre office space.
    • Improving the borough’s infrastructure: Investing in infrastructure improvements to drive economic growth, including enhancements to the transport network to tackle congestion and digital infrastructure.

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