Expansion East Kent success stories

Find out how businesses across East Kent have benefited from our 0% interest loans.


Funding approved: £16,000

The proposal is to extend Compaid's successful digital skills training for disabled people into East Kent, recruiting more trainers to support disabled people in the East of the county to learn how to use computers and the internet. Contact them on 01892 833664.

Costplan Services

Funding approved: £15,000

This quantity surveying practice covers the South East region. Additional funding has enabled a move to new premises and the employment of extra staff. Contact them at atomsett@cpsqs.com.

Curco Limited

Funding approved: £45,000

The purchase of new larger premises and employment of extra staff in order to expand the business. Contact them at denise@curco.co.uk.

Fingertips Ltd

Funding approved: £40,000

This upmarket Acrylic Nail and Gel Salon, including manicures and pedicures, is based in Ashford. Contact them at elainehrh@aol.com.

Kleio Audio Ltd

Funding approved: £18,000

This company has launched a wide range of high-end audio appliances which are designed, built and manufactured in Kent. Contact them at info@kleioaudio.com.

The Green Solutions Recruitment

Funding approved: £35,000

This company is a specialist environmental and energy recruitment business. Contact them at info@tgs-r.com.

Tots Unlimited

Funding approved: £35,000

This company provides traditional clothes and accessories for premature babies up to 2 years. Additional funding will enable the refurbishment of the shop and the opportunity to buy more stock. Contact them at totsunlimited@gmail.com.

Trend Hair and Beauty Limited

Funding approved: £30,900

Additional funding has enabled this hair and beauty salon to open new premises in Ashford. Contact them at spickle754@hotmail.com.

Wise Owl Cider Ltd

Funding approved: £30,000

This cider producing business has expanded and purchased more equipment hence increased turnover. Contact them on 07901 552675.

Ancon Technologies Ltd

Funding Approved:  £450,000
Total Jobs:  14

Ancon Technologies has developed a revolutionary means of detecting trace chemicals in the air, at the level of single molecules. Sensitivity is orders of magnitude superior to all existing state of the art technologies. This ground breaking technology enables real-time, non-contact measurement of explosives, drugs, and chemical weapons. Non-contact detection opens a range of market opportunities in the defense and civilian security markets.  Contact them at robert.muir@ancontechnologies.com.

Arawak Pure Cacao

Funding approved: £50,000

Arawak has created a range of unique and innovative products made from pure natural organic raw components focused towards the health sector, particularly diabetes, cardio vascular and Alzheimer's. There are no other products like these on the market. Contact them on 07910 142362.

Babrani Foods

Funding approved: £15,000

This business sells home-made chutneys, sauces, spice mixes, marinades and savoury snacks. Contact them at paulbabra@paulbabra.co.uk.

Bourne to Garden

Funding approved: £22,000

This self-funding horticultural and arboriculture business has now bought additional machinery including a new vehicle and chipper to expand the business. Contact them at info@bournetogarden.com.

CGC Leisure

Funding approved: £45,000
Total jobs: 18

Purchasing of a new venue for a gym and dance studio in Canterbury. Contact them at info@canterburygymnastics.co.uk.

Club Burrito

Funding approved: £36,766
Total jobs: 11

To expand its current chain of Mexican fast food café bars, providing high quality fast food with specialist soft drinks and boutique beers, in an informal and stylist atmosphere. Contact them at clubburrito@gmail.com.

Cover Teacher Direct

Funding approved: £8,000

This company provides a database which offers a direct electronic link between supply teachers and schools (it is not a recruitment company). Contact them at helen@coverteacherdirect.com.


Funding approved: £840,000
Total jobs: 50

Creabilis is a clinical stage European biotechnology company developing novel treatments for dermatological and inflammatory diseases. Contact them at info@creabilis-sa.com.

East Kent Automotive

Funding approved: £150,000
Total jobs: 14

This company will provide a prestige independent automotive service and maintenance facility by combining two existing successful companies to offering a combined service centre and panelcraft facility. Contact them at kirit@eastkentautomotive.co.uk.


Funding Approved:  £350,000
Total Jobs:  16

FutureNova developed a new medical grade case for the iPad called the FlipPad. NHS Pre-orders indicate a demand for 2500 FlipPads/Month for UK with Similar requirements from European healthcare sites. This product will provide a mobile medical solution for clinicians. Contact them at sales@futurenova.com or on 0330 124 2000.

Garage Coffee

Funding approved: £10,000

Luke Underdown has opened a micro-coffee roaster with a difference. The emphasis is on a high quality speciality product. The branding is fresh and energetic to appeal to all speciality coffee drinkers across the country. Contact them at lukeunderdown@aol.com.

Giram UK Ltd (T/A Q'Straint)

Funding approved: £900,000
Total jobs: 44

Expansion of company developing, manufacturing and supplying effective wheelchair passenger safety solutions for public and private transportation.  Funding for a specialised research and development facility in the Canterbury area.  This will enable the company to carry out their global research and development programme within East Kent. Contact them at JBroadley@qstraint.co.uk.

Goody Ales Ltd

Funding approved: £38,000

This brewery has experienced a large increase in product demand over the last few years. Extra funding has allowed the expansion of the business and the ability to meet customer demand. Contact them at karen@goodyales.co.uk.

Herne Stores and Post Office

Funding approved: £8,150

Extra funding has enabled this post office and store to be renovated. Contact them at utopia_ek@yahoo.co.uk.

Inspire U Music CIC

Funding approved: £7,000

This music studio is on the Herne Bay Pier and is a fun and creative space where locals can go and be inspired by their own community. Contact them at kris@inspireurecords.com.

Interactive Red

Funding approved: £40,000
Total jobs: 15

Expansion of this web design and development business to increase both the staff team and to develop greater capabilities to undertake different project areas and provide additional services to customers. Contact them at villy@interactivered.com.

J & J Systems UK Limited

Funding approved: £57,500
Total jobs: 4

Funding will allow this ICT company to purchase a new industrial unit in Hersden, enabling growth of the business. This will allow the retainment of existing staff and the creation of further employees. Contact them at mail@jjsystems.co.uk.

Kent Auto Panels

Funding approved: £200,000
Total jobs: 18

This project is to create a high-tech, all makes vehicle service and repair facility in Canterbury. The business will target cost conscious motorists and will offer 'while-u-wait' services but will also be able to carry out involved work and not just 'fast fit' type of work. Contact them at graham.furneaux@kapmotorgroup.co.uk .

MiddletonMurray Limited

Funding approved: £1,021,000
Total jobs: 901

MiddletonMurray is a recruitment and training company specialising in the training and placing of 16-18 year old young NEETs as well as unemployed graduates and newly unemployed professionals. Contact them at angela@middletonmurray.com.

My Deliciously Healthy Kitchen

Funding approved: £10,000
Total jobs: 5

Offering demonstration led healthy eating cookery lessons with an accompanying website showing the lessons on video so people can cook along at home and have instant access to all the information and recipes taught in the classes. The lessons will be based on easy to learn recipes using fresh, local produce and will include menu planning for budgeting and ideas to eliminate wastage. Contact them at emshealthykitch@gmail.com.

Nova Notion Ltd

Funding approved: £16,000

This company has invented a revolutionary tracking system which is capable of tracking the transfer of responsibility when equipment changes hands. The system also checks each transfer for any health and safety violations and can alert appropriate staff accordingly. Contact them at jason.grant@novanotion.co.uk.

Persica Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Funding Approved:  £150,000
Total Jobs:  7

Persica is a Biotechnology company that is developing a new drug product to treat patients suffering from Chronic Lower Back Pain for which existing treatments and medicines are often ineffective. For more information visit the Persica website.

Playtime Theatre

Funding approved: £7,000
Total jobs: 8

To purchase an additional van which would be used to transport equipment (props, scenery, lighting and sound) and personnel to venues.  To also purchase IT equipment, software and an additional workstation required for additional sales staff. Contact them at playtime@dircon.co.uk .

Quvium UK Ltd

Funding Approved:  £500,000
Total Jobs:  28

Quvium is focused on developing unique patient-interactive disease management solutions for people who have poorly controlled respiratory diseases so they may avoid dangerous respiratory disease incidents and costly emergency room and hospital visits and adhere to their treatment plans. Contact them at sschmidt@quvium.com.

Shearwater Systems Limited

Funding approved: £1,045,714
Total jobs: 77

Shearwater will design and develop innovative software to support a burgeoning need for mobile software applications in healthcare. The company will focus on creating Mobile Health Record (MHR) software applications that allow clinicians to work seamlessly between acute hospital and community care settings including the patient's home. Contact them at jane.conner@shearwatersystems.com.

Sunstone IP Systems

Funding approved: £36,000

This company installs security systems and has been nominated SME installer of the year in the national Security Excellence Awards for the last 2 years running. Contact them on 07739-570552.

Tankerton Arms

Funding approved: £10,000
Total jobs: 7

To open a micropub in Tankerton following the success or similar ventures in East Kent. It will serve beers from local microbreweries, local ciders and wine provided by a local wine merchant.  It will have no music, hot food or spirits with an emphasis on an atmosphere that encourages good conversation. Contact them at nranger@hotmail.co.uk.

The iT Store

Funding approved: £29,000

An IT company that offers sales and support for Apple products including Mac, iPad and iPhone.  The company has just opened a new retail store in Canterbury. Contact them at neil@theitstore.com.

UK Mobile Bars

Funding approved: £32,500
Total jobs: 17

Formed in 2009 and now in its second full trading year, UK Mobile Bars is a mobile-bar hire service for weddings, parties and events that is expanding into corporate work. Contact them at paul@ukmobilebars.com .


Funding approved: £100,000
Total jobs: 7

This company is the only commercial venom laboratory in the UK, supplying fractionated snake, scorpion and spider venom arrays to the pharmaceutical industry for drug discovery. Contact them at s.trim@venomtech.co.uk.

Virally Ltd

Funding approved: £48,000

This company is a unique software app that helps organisations create and effectively track more sales leads through the effective use of content marketing. Additional funding has enabled the product to be marketed to a wider market place for maximum impact. Contact them at hkendall55@gmail.com.

Westgate Community Trust

Funding approved: £50,000

Westgate Community Trust can now be refurbished. It is widely used for both commercial and community use. Contact them at alsuholmes@aol.com.

A C Wellard

Funding approved: £150,000
Total jobs: 54

The core business is the wholesale of fresh fruit and vegetable produce.  The project is to expand the business by building new warehouse space, updating facilities and allowing the business to consolidate and expand their position in the industry. Contact them at matt.hayes@acwellard.co.uk .

Agalimmune Limited

Funding approved: £99,995
Total jobs: 4

Agalimmune Limited is a research and development company investing in novel therapeutics for cancer. Agalimmune wishes to expand its operations by establishing a new R&D laboratory at Discovery Park, Sandwich. Contact them at steve.shaw@agalimmune.com.


Funding approved: £500,000
Total jobs: 22

Algaecytes is a private company founded in 2010, commercialising 25 years of algae research by world leading bio-scientists.  It is seeking to raise finance to build 2 demonstration units in Sandwich to produce high purity Omega-3 oils from freshwater algae. Contact them at nazbashir@algaecytes.com .

The Baypoint Club

Funding approved: £400,000
Total jobs: 42

To enhance and expand the ex Pfizer Sports and Social Club to make it accessible to everyone living and working in East Kent regardless of background or socio economic status with the aim of improving their health and well-being. Contact them at tonyharrison@baypointclub.co.uk .

Choochoos Nursery

Funding approved: £40,000
Total jobs: 20

The company will provide full-day childcare provision for approximately 50 children from birth to five. Choochoos will offer flexible care and education providing exceptional individual teaching experiences of the highest quality in a safe, friendly, well resourced and caring environment. Contact them at info@choochoos.co.uk.

Cleantec Innovation

Funding approved: £85,000
Total jobs: 6

Cleantec Innovation is a small manufacturer looking to expand its operations and create employment in the local area. Contact them at wayne@cleantecinnovation.com.

Coomtech Ltd

Funding Approved:  £815,000
Total Jobs:  27

Coomtech's unique clean technologies, improve performance and emissions by drying biomass and coals for the global power generators.  They are conducting Research and Development with the University of Greenwich into drying including other organic and inorganic materials.  Contact them at panderson@coomtechltd.com.

Creative Minds

Funding approved: £100,000
Total jobs: 13

This nursery will provide high quality care and education, catering for children from 3 months to 5 years old.  It will offer holistic creative learning in response to the Early Years Foundation stage and equip children with the skills to support all aspects of development. Contact them at esme.chilton@future-creative.org.

EligoChem Limited

Funding approved: £140,000
Total jobs: 12

EligoChem designs, synthesis and markets compound libraries with good drug properties that access novel chemical space for use in drug discovery screening. EligoChem have refined a technology to enable rational design and selection of compounds that can display different physical properties in solution and in biological membranes. Contact them at graham@eligochem.com.

Flying Fish Hovercraft

Funding approved: £156,556
Total jobs: 32

The company is aiming to modernise and expand business, develop overseas markets, research and develop new products, treble the workforce and achieve a £2.5m turnover within 3 years. Contact them at russ@flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk.

Fox & Spindle

Funding approved: £3,000

This small shop sells art and accessories. With additional funding they can now expand their business by launching their new website. Contact them at thefoxandspindle@gmail.com.

Fudge Kitchen

Funding approved: £110,000
Total jobs: 19

This company operates retail units which manufacture handmade fudge and sell to the public. To expand the business a new product has been developed with a view to exporting and also selling as wholesaler meaning additional industrial space is required. Contact them at Sian@fudgekitchen.co.uk .

Genea Biomedx UK Ltd

Funding Approved:  £1,311,000
Total Jobs:  40

With nearly 30 years' experience, Genea has built its reputation as a pioneer of fertility treatment backed by in-house research and technology development. At Genea Biomedx, the focus is on making a big impact on the way fertility treatment is undertaken - by transforming the immense wealth of expertise into practical, accessible, precise technology that aims to significantly improve lab outcomes and ultimately patient outcomes.

The company has acquired a building at Discovery Park, where it will start the process of in-house manufacturing of GEMS products, and develop to become a global distribution centre for Genea. Contact them at info@geneabiomedx.com.

London Fancy Box

Funding approved: £385,000
Total jobs: 40

Expansion of manufacturing company producing printed packaging boxes.  Funding to support investment in new generation manufacturing machinery to allow growth into additional markets to meet growing demand. Contact them at m.lawson@londonfancybox.co.uk.

Miles & Barr (Dover) Ltd

Funding approved: £50,000
Total jobs: 7

The aim of the project is to promote young entrepreneurial prospective business owners to start and grow their own business. Contact them at peterhickson@milesandbarr.co.uk.

Mo Joslin Ltd

Funding approved: £25,000

This Farmhouse Kitchen makes quality produce such as jams, marmalade and chutneys. Funding has enabled the expansion of the business and created jobs. It has also enabled the purchase of larger premises. Contact them at mo.joslin@hotmail.co.uk.

Motis Freight Services Ltd

Funding Approved: £399,625
Total Jobs: 48

An opportunity exists to create a location that the Port and local community can be proud of.  A facility that recognises and values the significance of freight traffic to Dover.  Having run the business for over a year it is clear that the potential is greater than initially thought. So too is the investment required. Hence the request for support funding.  Contact them at robert.hardy@motisfsa.com.


Funding approved: £413,000
Total jobs: 80

Mylan have the exclusive worldwide rights to develop, manufacture and sell a generic equivalent to Glaxo Smith Kline's Advair which is used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).  As a result, Mylan plans to set up a Research & Development Unit of excellence at the Discovery Park in Sandwich focused on respiratory inhalation. Contact them at david.waite@mylan.co.uk .


Funding approved: £25,000

This is a cloud based recruitment management company. Contact them at lloyd15616@aol.com.

Narec Capital Ltd

Funding Approved: £160,000
Total Jobs: 8

NAREC Capital is a commercialisation engine for early stage technology companies. Narec Capital provides corporate advice, commercialisation expertise and venture funding.  It has established an incubator programme at Discovery Park to help accelerate the growth of the companies within its portfolio. Contact them at jsynett@nareccapital.com.

Northgate Garage Group Ltd

Funding Approved: £350,000
Total Jobs: 16

A family owned and run car sales retailer established since 1963 with sites in Canterbury and Whitstable. The company sell Kia, Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Fiat Commercials.  Funding would be used to purchase the lease for and substantially rebuild a new property to expand the business. Contact them at david@northgate-group.co.uk.

PPR Wipag Ltd

Funding Approved: £190,000
Total Jobs: 6

PPR Wipag is expanding and investing in to new more efficient plastic recycling machinery and new technologies which will be necessary to increase production and reduce costs per unit. Contact them at jonathan.weston@pprwipag.com.


Funding approved: 4,800,000
Total jobs: 165

The project entails the set up of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kent.

The Research Network

Funding approved: £100,000
Total jobs: 13

The Research Network is a small pharmaceutical research company, based in Discovery Park, Sandwich that has pioneered and proven a new business model for drug discovery. The company has established this as a going concern after one year of operation on the site.  It plans to invest in additional business development in China, India, USA and Europe. Contact them at andy.mcelroy@theresearchnetwork.co.uk .

Sandwich Leisure Limited

Funding approved: £300,000
Total jobs: 25

Investment to allow expansion of successful holiday destination, to improve infrastructures of glamping site to make all year round facilities feasible and provision of lodged accommodation. Contact them at info@sandwichleisurepark.co.uk.

Snip Pets

Funding approved: £5,000

A mobile dog grooming business. Contact them at michellejjury@googlemail.com.

This Chocolution Ltd

Funding approved: £18,00

This chocolate making company can now employ extra staff to grow the business. Contact them on 07846 094220.

Viking Recruitment

Funding approved: £1,300,000
Total jobs: 72

To build a world class training facility for the maritime industry due to meet new business demand because of changes in international legislation. Developing a low carbon building with 3 floors of training suites including breakout areas, an environmental pool for survival training, 120 seat international conference facility including a restaurant and bar. Contact them at stuartj@vikingrecruitment.com.

X-Wind Power

Funding approved: £100,000

X Wind Power design, develop and manufacture wind turbines. The company are relocating to East Kent to benefit from the infrastructure and supply chain as well as the talented pool of potential employees to facilitate the expansion of the business.

YMS Travel Ltd

Funding approved: £50,000

This company operates a service of coach transport from Dover docks to the town centre and castle as well as providing transport to London's West End supporting theatre travel. Contact them at james@ymscanterbury.co.uk.


Funding approved: £30,000
Total jobs: 5

ATEC-3D use fixed wing and multi rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to provide cost effective and reliable aerial solutions across a variety of different industries. Their range of services include: Aerial Mapping - Aerial Surveying - Aerial inspections and Aerial Photography & Video. Funding would enable them to expand their company by setting up a new office, purchasing equipment and employing additional full-time staff. Contact them at sean.spratley@atec-3d.com.

A W Aviation Services Ltd

Funding approved: 80,000
Total jobs: 49

A W Aviation Services offers technical record support to the aviation industry. The business operates in a niche market and is expanding. They are currently the only specialist company offering that level of service and expertise in Europe. Contact them at info@awavs.com.

Axscend Limited

Funding approved: £126,000
Total jobs: 9

This company has developed a GPS based tracking and management system for vehicle trailers. Contact them at tim.steer@axscend.com.

Bespoke Design Interiors Ltd

Funding Approved:  £177,000
Total Jobs:  14

Bespoke furniture manufacturing company wants to expand its current premises by purchasing 2 adjoining units, allowing extra space for additional machinery and craftsmen.  This would improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge in the market place.  Contact them at info@bdikent.co.uk.

Burlington Hotel

Funding Approved:  £400,000
Total Jobs:  18

Funding will enable the refurbishment of this hotel (bedrooms, public areas and exterior) to Best Western Plus standard and modernise the bar & restaurant.  Contact them at daniel@castlewoodhotels.com.


Funding approved: £3,200

This is an American candy store selling retro sweets, unique gifts and balloon pinatas. Contact them on candiloons@gmail.com.

Chalk Hill

Funding approved: £30,000
Total jobs: 7

Chalk Hill is a small start up accountancy practice supporting leisure and tourism and R&D businesses in East Kent. Contact them on t.gamgee@chalkhillaccountancy.co.uk.

Colin & Helen Armstrong (Hythe Veterinary Centre)

Funding Approved:  £50,000
Total Jobs:  7

Hythe Veterinary Centre is a new clinic treating companion animals (dogs, cats, rabbits and other small pets) serving Hythe and the surrounding area.  Contact them at hello@hythevetcentre.co.uk or 01303 260003.

East Kent Cartons Ltd

Funding approved: 450,000
Total jobs: 31

East Kent Cartons is a small family-owned manufacturer of folding cartons. Funding will enable updating of current machinery and relocation to larger premises.

Elite Flooring Ltd

Funding approved: £40,000
Total jobs 4

Elite Flooring is an expanding commercial business working on large scale contracts installing safety flooring, carpets and design flooring. They are looking to expand into the domestic market with a retail outlet, employing 5 new staff to manage that outlet.Contact them at terry@elite-flooring-online.com.

Funcky Kids

Funding Approved:  £140,000
Total Jobs:   27

The aim is to open a chain of Children's Nurseries across East Kent. These Nurseries will provide quality early years foundation education while also helping the wider community both directly and indirectly.  Contact them at info@funckykids.me.

GX Glass

Funding Approved:  £366,468
Total Jobs:  21

GX Glass produce bespoke flat glass for the commercial and contract interior sectors. Additional funding will ensure expansion of the existing production facility alongside implementation of new business processes and infrastructure to support rapid growth. 21 new jobs will be created over a 2 year period, of which 18 will be new positions in East Kent. Contact them at joanna@gxglass.com.

H V Wooding

Funding approved: £1,100,000
Total jobs: 51

H V Wooding is a medium sized manufacturing business based in Hythe.  It is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of precision engineered components and assemblies. HV Wooding's client list includes top international companies, such as Rolls Royce, Schneider Electric, Honeywell and ABB. Contact them at josborne@hvwooding.co.uk.

Hybrid UKT Air Conditioning Limited

Funding approved: £425,100
Total jobs: 35

The initiative is to promote assemble, distribute and sell high quality heating/air conditioning units in England and exporting significantly to abroad for residential, commercial and professional use.  This Italian company will be relocating its business to England. Contact them at info@hybrid-ukt.co.uk.

Hythe Veterinary Centre

Funding approved: £50,000
Total jobs: 7

Hythe Veterinary Centre will be a new clinic serving Hythe and the surrounding area, treating companion animals (dogs, cats, rabbits and other small pets). Contact them on 01233 721919.


Funding approved: £20,000

Their business services are The National Maritime Development Group, a maritime network for industries influenced by the sea and waterways and jobs in Maritime. They promote the sustainable growth of estuarine and coastal communities to drive sector and economic growth. Contact them at peter.green@nmdg.co.uk.

Little Oaks Early Years Limited

Funding approved: £135,000
Total jobs: 17

Little Oaks Nursery offers quality childcare to children and families of Shepway. The funding will be used to acquire and improve a freehold property in Hawkinge to replace existing leased premises in Folkestone, thus securing 12 jobs and creating 5 new jobs. Contact them at julie.ready@sky.com.

Playbox Pre-School and Nursery Ltd

Funding approved: £11,000
Total jobs: 12

Playbox Nursery is proposing to purchase a modular building which will be located on the school grounds to accommodate the nursery.  With this proposal the nursery will have the opportunity to increase its workforce offering further jobs and also increase the number of places offered two 2 year olds in September 2014. Contact them at Sarah@playboxdaynursery.com.

Sterlingbuild Limited

Funding approved: £300,000
Total jobs: 23

This company is an online retailer of roof windows and roofing products. Additional warehouse and office space with better facilities is required to move the company forward and allow growth. Contact them at nick@sterlingbuild.co.uk.

The Lavender Tea Bus

Funding approved: £20,000
Total jobs: 8

This company wishes to provide a "unique" outdoor event catering experience. The company intends to use a fleet of historic 1970 former Bedford CF Ice Cream vans, converted to state of the art mobile catering vehicles, to provide a high end, unique and quirky offering. Contact them at bubb@thelavenderteabus.info.

Triflex Productions Ltd

Funding approved: £157,500
Total jobs: 15

This company manufactures flexible packaging supplying major food groups across the UK and Europe.  Funding will enable expansion by purchasing new updated machinery. Contact them at mbevan@triflexproductions.com.

Xanadu Retail Ltd

Funding approved: £19,200

Additional funding has enabled this boutique to open an additional retail outlet in Folkestone. Contact them at jacqui@xanaduboutique.co.uk.

All in One Property Enterprises Ltd

Funding approved: £7,000

An estate agents based in Dover that can now appoint additional staff to increase business. Contact them at allinonegardhome@btinternet.com.

Big Jelly Studio

Funding approved: £52,500
Total jobs: 8

To open a very high level commercial recording studio attracting international musicians/artists.  The space will also be used as a teaching facility catering for all aspects of sound recording and instrumental tuition. Contact them at boxcarstouring@gmail.com.

Biswal Ltd

Funding Approved: £100,000
Total Jobs: 15

Biswal is a well established award winning destination restaurant in Kent. Additional funding will ensure the opening of 2 further restaurants - one in Birchington and one in Canterbury. Contact them at info@theambrette.co.uk.

Bumble Beez

Funding approved: £30,000
Total jobs: 20

Bumble Beez will be a family entertainment centre. The aim is to attract families from around Kent, including children with disabilities who would not usually be able to access such facilities. They also intend to provide a high quality food and beverage facility. Contact them at sarah@bumble-beez.co.uk.

Choc in a Box

Funding approved: £50,000

Expansion of this events management business has enabled the increase of sales and profitability and the employment of more staff. Contact them at sarah@sarahpoole.co.uk.

Clean Line Laundry

Funding approved: £30,000

This company specialises in providing commercial laundry services for hotels, restaurants, holiday camps, hire companies as well as bedroom linen rental. Additional funding has enabled the expansion of the business by creating extra jobs and purchasing better equipment. Contact them at info@cleanlinelaundry.co.uk.

Designmap London Limited

Funding approved: £80,000
Total jobs: 9

Designmap is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy company specialising in the culture, heritage and tourism sector. They work nationally and internationally on high profile projects. Contact them at daniel.sutton@designmap.co.uk.

Eastkoast Ltd

Funding approved: £20,00

An event production company in East Kent. Contact them at ben@eastkoast.co.uk.

Field and Stone Ltd (My Seaside Luxury)

Funding approved: £350,000
Total jobs: 15

Field and Stone are responsible for the development of Albion House, Ramsgate into a 14-bedroom hotel with bar and restaurant. Contact them at emma@myseasideluxury.co.uk.

Flambeau EuroPlast Ltd

Funding Approved: £500,000
Total Jobs: 104

This plastics processing company can now invest in new machinery and tools to enhance the business. Contact them at jwingfield@flambeau.com.


Funding approved: £20,000

This Ramsgate start up company provide tanning, beauty and massage treatments and will later expand to include hairdressing, fitness and meditation classes. Contact them at dejorn@me.com.

Lee McQueen Productions

Funding approved: £2,800

A sole trader providing media services for events and promos for musicians and actors. With additional funding, Lee has now expanded into delivering Film and TV workshops in schools and producing live stage events for corporate clients. Additional funding has enabled the investment in better equipment. Contact 07795 807611.

Nim's Fruit Ltd

Funding approved: £50,000

Nim's Fruit Crisps manufactures air dried fruit crisps. The company has invested heavily in research and development to create the product and packaging, demand and PR. Contact them at nimisha@nimsfruitcrisps.com.


Funding approved: £20,000

This company makes bespoke joinery which is sold nationwide. Extra funding has allowed expansion to a larger premises and the employment of more staff. Contact them at emma@ppcsoutheast.co.uk.

Ramsgate Music Hall

Funding approved: £40,000
Total jobs: 17

Their aim is to open Ramsgate Music Hall, a vibrant and enjoyable music venue.  The venue will include a 120 capacity live music venue, a three floor rehearsal space and an attractive bar featuring regular club nights. Contact them at julesb@fresh-produce.co.uk.

Rhino Aluminium

Funding approved: £50,000

This company makes aluminium windows and doors. Additional funding has ensured the expansion of their business and the purchasing of more vehicles and assets. Contact them at info@rhinoaluminium.co.uk.

Roof Over Your Head Ltd

Funding approved: £25,000
Total jobs: 21

Roof Over Your Head will provide a low cost solution that connects property buyers and sellers. They aim to become the leading tool for individuals who want to manage their property sale and/or purchase. Contact them at paul@bradstowe.co.uk.

Rooms at Number 1

Funding approved: £50,000

The owners are in the process of refurbishing a shop into a 4-bedroom boutique hotel in Broadstairs. Contact them at julie.mccarthy2@btinternet.com.

Royal Harbour Hotel

Funding approved: £500,000
Total jobs: 28

The hotel sits within adjoining Grade 2 listed buildings in one of Ramsgate's premier garden crescents with outstanding views over Ramsgate's jewel in the crown, the Royal Harbour.  The aim is to increase the present en-suite bedroom stock of 20 rooms by up to 10 extra rooms and to invest in a new 50-seater restaurant on the premises, which will not only cater for hotel residents, but will attract outside customers. Contact them at jamesthomas10@me.com .

Shout Spark & Go Ltd

Funding approved: £24,000

This business produces school magazines on a monthly basis. Additional funding will enable the purchasing of new computer equipment and extension to office premises. Contact them at claire@shoutsparkgo.co.uk.

Siriyada Ltd

Funding approved: £30,000

This company runs a very successful Thai restaurant based in Margate. Additional funding has allowed the opening of a Thai themed wine/coffee bar in the premises next door. Contact them at nontarom2404@yahoo.co.uk.

Solarium Point Ltd

Funding approved: £35,000

A health/beauty and hairdressing salon based in Ramsgate. Contact them at annabaranowska1410@gmail.com.

South East Bottling JV

Funding approved: £170,000
Total jobs: 10

This is a joint venture to start a new contract beer bottling facility in Ramsgate. The new facility will bottle beer for brewers in the South East of the UK. Contact them at Duncan.sambrook@sambrooksbrewery.co.uk.

Southeast Retail

Funding approved: £500,000
Total jobs: 35

Southeast Retail Limited is the property owning company and parent company of the Sands Hotel in Margate.  The proposal is to restore a Victorian building to develop a 20-bedroom upscale boutique hotel, together with bar, restaurant and ice cream parlour with panoramic views overlooking Margate Sands. The hotel is expected to employ between 25 and 35 staff. Contact them at nick@sandshotelmargate.co.uk.

St Lawrence College

Funding Approved: £300,000
Total Jobs: 2

The company's development plan includes a new, innovative science school, a leading edge sporting facility to be shared with the community and the development of a land-based educational facility. Contact them at bursar@slcuk.com.

That Nail Place

Funding approved: £30,000
Total jobs: 8

Expansion of the salon and accredited academy from Folkestone to Thanet, to open a salon where apprentices would be trained on the job in a commercial salon by fully qualified therapists / assessors. The academy would also be open to other salons in the area to send their apprentices for training. Contact them at thatnailplace@btconnect.com.

The Coral Cove

Funding approved: £16,000

This business imports live coral and invertebrates for aquariums from around the world. Contact them at thecoralcoveteam@gmail.com.

The Cupcake Café

Funding approved: £16,715
Total jobs: 4

Expansion of successful cupcake café business to allow the business to offer additional services such as outside catering. Contact them at lisa@thecupcake.biz.

The Reading Rooms

Funding approved: £40,000

Additional funding will allow refurbishment work to be carried on this existing boutique bed and breakfast establishment in Margate. It will also enable the refurbishment of an additional property that will be used as a self-catering guest house. Contact them at louise.oldfield@gmail.com.

The Shop

Funding approved: £10,000

This company produces high end cabinetry including bespoke kitchens, built-ins and freestanding furniture. Contact them at innespired@yahoo.com.

Urban Heating Ltd

Funding approved: £17,500

A new plumbing and heating company based in Thanet. Additional funding will enable the employment of extra staff to expand the business. Contact them at philj@urbanwire.co.uk.

Wyatt & Jones British Restaurant

Funding approved: £40,998

This successful restaurant has expanded to increase covers which has enabled the business to provide function/wedding/private hire options. Contact them on 01843 865126.