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Economic Development Update


  • Free Business support programmes operating across Sevenoaks through the West Kent Partnership (funded by SELEP).  A range of support is being offered for a limited time which includes workshops and one to one support for the following;

–          Home Based Businesses

–          Rural Businesses

–          Pub Businesses

–          Food Producers

–          Young Entrepreneurs

–          Unemployed considering self employment


  • As part of the West Kent Partnership funded training, Edenbridge have been allocated as one of two pilot areas to receive FREE retail training.  Retailers need to sign up for up to six hours free training which includes a mystery shop, a workshop and some one to one support.  Contact for further information.


  • Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) in partnership with ICAEW and Handelsbanken are running free seminars to help small and medium sized businesses to grow.  Please book your place on The Positioning for Profit seminar on 12th April at 6pm for further information contact


  • SDC Team Around Your Business approach ensures that businesses contacting the Council can speak to one officer who provides a link to all Council Services such as planning, building regulations, licensing and business rates, removing the need for businesses to make calls to each of these Departments individually providing a more joined up approach.


  • RealBusiness Newsletter – this is produced by the SDC Economic Development Team monthly, please encourage businesses to sign up to receive news and information about events and funding opportunities by contacting


  • Businesses can also follow us @SDC_EcoDev on Twitter


  • West Kent Leader Funding for rural enterprises is now launched.  This programme covers the West Kent area further details can be found on


  • Better Business for All Partnership (BBfa) – This is part of a National initiative to improve the way regulators communicate with businesses, promoting their advice services in order to assist businesses to set up and expand.  More information is available on



Contact Emily Haswell – Economic Development Officer  – Sevenoaks District Council

Email:         Tel: 01732 227261

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