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Kent International Business rounds up the best export events for Kent business including those from the Department of International Trade.

For rural businesses in and around Cranbrook, try The Hub in Stone Street, a privately owned enterprise which also provides food and entertainment.

West Kent Business Support programme

Grow or start your business with FREE one-to-one confidential business advice.

  • Are you looking for help to think through a new business venture?
  • Are you a newly created start-up business – and are looking for some help and guidance?
  • Do you need to create a business plan for development and/or for funding?
  • Do you just need a ‘business buddy’ to talk to things through?

This is professional, personalised advice provided by the National Centre for Micro Business as used by local Tunbridge Wells businesses. More than 400 businesses have benefited from these sessions including those at the pre-start-up stage.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council contribute to the West Kent Partnership in order to fund this programme of support for businesses in West Kent and as such it is recommended by the Council.

Email or call 0300 030 9660 to book your one-to-one session now.

Where are we now? - 25 days after Brexit

Monday 25th January 2021 | 1pm - 2.30pm | Free to attend for all

Find out about:

  • What the Incoterms mean and how they lead to VAT and Customs problems, including how to avoid these problems
  • Where to VAT register for an easier life
  • Appointing a fiscal representative
  • Providing a bond
  • Delays at ports
  • Additional costs

Book your place to attend online.

A quick guide to trading with the EU countries

For companies new to international trade

Wednesday 3 February 2021 | 1pm - 2.30pm | Free to attend for all

Chaired by Export and Importing expert, Graham Card, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

This webinar is aimed at demystifying import and export traders’ responsibilities by using straightforward explanations and layman’s language.

We will cover how the new Brexit deal has shaped our trading relationship with the EU, and how things are happening in practice.

Book your place now to attend online.

Local networking

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses have regular networking breakfasts and evenings, please check for details on their websites. There are many other local groups for different industry sectors and we have a list on this site's local business groups page as well as on our @TWBC_Business twitter list Tunbridge Wells networking.

HMRC advice and webinars

If you're self-employed, HMRC provide support and guidance on a range of topics, and free recorded webinars are available covering topics including COVID-19, the Living Wage and Minimum Wage, VAT, getting started and PAYE.

Finally, don't forget the advice on our business advice page.