Our partners

We work in close partnership with a number of bodies and organisations including:

Dover District Council

Discovery Park sits within the Dover district, which supplies services and support to Dover, Deal, Sandwich and the surrounding areas.

Dover District Council can be contacted on 01304 821199.

Kent County Council

KCC is one of the largest councils in the country and provides more than 300 services for approximately 1.7 million residents. Paul Carter, the Leader of Kent County Council was instrumental in securing enterprise zone status for East Kent, which will support and drive the regeneration of the area.

Moreover the Council is also committed to supporting businesses locating to Discovery Park through the provision of its Regional Growth Fund grants.

Kent County Council can be contacted on 08458 247247.

Locate in Kent

As the county’s investment promotion agency, Locate in Kent is committed to providing support, expertise and assistance to investors across all sectors.

The organisation has a proven track record and a wide range of experience, having helped more than 700 companies to successfully invest in the county since 1997.

Locate in Kent’s assistance is free and confidential and businesses are encouraged to take advantage of its access to an extensive range of location services and network of contacts and partners.

Locate in Kent can be contacted on 01732 520700.

UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. UKTI has professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets.

Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Governments job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area. They are responsible for:

  • Supporting local government by giving them the power to act for their community – without interference from central government
  • Helping communities and neighbourhoods to solve their own problems so neighbourhoods are strong, attractive and thriving
  • Working with local enterprise partnerships and enterprise zones to help the private sector grow
  • Making the planning system work more efficiently and effectively
  • Supporting local fire and rescue authorities so that they’re able to respond to emergencies and reduce the number and impact of fires.

Institute of Directors (IoD)

IoD has been supporting businesses since 1903 and are dedicated to supporting its members and promoting responsible business practice.

The diversity of professional backgrounds encourages entrepreneurship among the IoD business community, with members sharing business skills and knowledge while benefitting from IoD’s support.

Thanet & East Kent Chamber of Commerce

Created to assist and support businesses across East Kent and Thanet, it is the largest Chamber in the area with extensive contacts regionally, nationally and overseas.

The Chamber hosts regular local networking opportunities to boost your business and coordinates regular meetings designed to promote your commercial interests. It also offers free legal advice on employment, litigation, personal injury and commercial issues.

Thanet & East Kent Chamber can be contacted at www.tekc.co.uk

Visit Kent

Visit Kent works in partnership with Kent County Council, Medway Council and the District and Borough Councils to support and grow the tourism industry in Kent. The organisation champions Kent’s £3.4 billion tourism industry by targeting UK and overseas markets, improving quality and skills and growing investment in the tourism product.

Thanet District Council

The Isle of Thanet is the major part of the Thanet District. Formed over 7000 years ago, the isle is separated from the mainland by the Wantsum Channel.

The District was formed in 1974, by the addition of the area over which was once the Wantsum Channel, including the settlement of Sarre. It includes the towns of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate as well as a number of smaller pretty villages.

Sandwich Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Sandwich Chamber is to promote the wealth and well-being of Sandwich business while preserving the towns natural beauty and character. Their activities include developing partnered marketing events with local businesses and sharing ideas between local business owners, creating B2B networks, working with national tourism agencies and more.

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides, Membership services, Business Advice, International Trade services, Representation and much more. Covering the County of Kent the Chamber is perfectly placed to promote, support and facilitate business across the County.

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