Fully funded support for businesses in Ashford


About the Programme

A one year, fully funded programme of support for businesses in Ashford that have the capacity and ambition to grow.

Eligible businesses will be need to be located in Ashford, have been trading for at least 3 years, employ 5+ staff and have the capacity and ambition to grow. In return you will receive up to 36 hours of intensive business coaching over a 12 month period plus.

Previous programme participants benefitted from increased growth including;

  • £4,236,000 increase in turnover
  • £1,020,00 of capital investment
  • created 47 new jobs
  • received £237,000 in grant funding
  • The opportunity to take your business from good to great with the support of an experienced and highly successful growth coach.
  • Unlimited access to a localised team of experts specifically chosen to help you address and overcome the key barriers to growth. Including international trade, finance, HR, property and legal.
  • Grant and funding application support to enable you to access the appropriate local, regional and national government funding schemes.
  • Exclusive membership to a network of like-minded business owners enabling you to share common challenges, best practice and collaboration opportunities.
  • A unique platform to promote, showcase and celebrate your business success locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Only ten businesses will be entered onto the programme at any one time to ensure focused support and commitment.
  • Optional access to Curve performance tracking software which will enable you to track and achieve the goals for your business.

This fully funded programme is subject to State Subsidy Control.

Who's behind the programme?

The programme is funded by the Ashford Borough Council as part of its continued commitment to developing the economic prosperity across the area. The programme is delivered by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

Selected businesses will receive free consultancy support during the course of a year, access to free business growth tools, access to funded and part funded local expertise.

Your appointed consultant can clarify the details of the programme and the expectations of both Ashford Borough Council and yourself, prior to joining the programme.