Small Business Boost

Small Business Boost

If you’re a business located in Kent and Medway in the early stages of growth and are looking to create jobs, then a 0% interest loan from Small Business Boost could provide the financial support to help achieve your goals.

Small Business Boost is part of the Kent and Medway Business Fund, managed by Kent County Council. It seeks to support those businesses that can power the region’s economy.

Small Business Boost provides financial support of between £26,000 and £99,000 to small and medium sized businesses, repayable over a period of 5 years following a six-month repayment holiday.

You can apply for funding for:

  • tangible assets such as land, buildings, software, machinery and equipment
  • intangible assets acquired from third parties by the transfer of knowledge or technology
  • employment costs, for new employees only.

For more information read our:

Find out about how to apply for a Small Business Boost loan - video transcript

Application dates

Applications for the Small Business Boost are now open.

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You can apply for a loan if you are a:

  • business located in or moving to Kent and Medway
  • viable business not in financial difficulty
  • business that can provide 20% to 30% match funding
  • business with fewer than 250 employees
  • business seeking to protect or create jobs.

You will need to show how you will meet at least one of the following objectives.

  • To develop new capacity to enable the business to grow.
  • To develop a new product or service.
  • To introduce new technology.
  • To invest in a new process to improve productivity.

We encourage applications from the following priority sectors:

  • manufacturing
  • pharmaceutical, natural and life sciences
  • green technology
  • digital, media, creative and cultural industries and tourism
  • food technology manufacturing
  • logistics and construction.

This does not preclude other sectors from applying.

Sectors that cannot apply

You cannot apply if your business is in the following sectors:

  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • primary production and processing of agricultural products
  • shipbuilding
  • synthetic fibres
  • organisations engaged in political activity or lobbying at any level or activity of an exclusively religious nature
  • hospital, medical services and publicly and privately-owned nursing homes or care related hostel or residential activities
  • defence sector activities
  • schools (including state, free and private schools)
  • professional services, for example, accountants, legal, financial, insurance
  • energy generation
  • franchises.

Setting up a new business

We would expect your business to be either incorporated or set up as a sole trader or partnership (or other type of business as specified in the full guidelines (PDF, 1.1 MB)) before or at the time of applying.

Please ensure you have a business bank account, as any agreed and approved loan must be paid into a UK business bank account.

Match funding

It is advisable to have considered how you will raise the match funding required before you complete your pre-application as you are likely to be asked about this. You will be expected to provide written evidence of match funding when you submit your full application.

We are unable to process your full application until satisfactory match funding evidence is provided.

Credit checks

You will be asked to complete a Consent to Credit Check form for each director, owner or partner at the point of submitting your full application. We also ask you to apply for, and submit, a statutory credit report from a recognised credit agency in addition to the above for each director, owner or partner.

Applications for the Small Business Boost opened to pre-applications on 29 July 2022 and will close when funds are exhausted.

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Questions about your application

For more information firstly read our:

If you still have any questions about your application email kmbf@kent.gov.uk.

General business advice

Kent and Medway Growth Hub is a government funded service provided by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce that provides help and support to new and existing local businesses.

Find land or premises

Locate in Kent offers a range of free services including commercial property searches and business finance assistance to help businesses expand in or relocate to Kent and Medway.

Support from your bank

Why not speak to your local bank about the support they can give you? The following banks are working in partnership with us to support this initiative:

Support from your district council

Contact your district council for additional support and advice about services available in your district.

Alternatively, please contact Medway Council if you are in Medway.