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Welcome to our November Newsletter!
In our last newsletter we were feeling a little more optimistic, lockdown appeared to be easing, and some confidence was starting to reappear. Over the summer we've seen a lot of our fantastic entrepreneurs bounce back with integrity and strength from what was a really difficult time. I am sure you all remember the days of Eat Out to Help Out Scheme too, and how good it felt, not just for the businesses that benefited but also being able to meet up with people again. There were a few staff meetings here over a nice coffee thanks to Rishi Sunak which was great for us to connect as a team again, and feel a little more normal. Fast forward a few months though and there is a concern again, as the numbers of infections increase, and an urgency to stop this current wave getting worse. Businesses continue to traverse their way through it with varying degrees of success, with some sectors still taking more of the brunt. And now we find ourselves in Lockdown again!

So, how do we find a way forward in such uncertain times? and what should be our response? As a team we have really grappled with this, like many other charities, and businesses, we have been just responding to the immediate needs, the support we could provide, with the resources we have. But, it has been clear for a while we needed to start look further, planning for our future and equally trying to understand more about what that looks like. There is never a wrong time to be in, or starting a business. Business has always been about the things we have been hearing a lot about since we first locked down, pivoting, innovation, adaptability and identifying and keeping up with the needs of customers. Over the next few months we will be actively promoting starting your own business as a good option. We have already seen many examples of how furlough has given opportunity for side hustles, over the years some of the world's strongest brands where started under really challenging circumstances. We want people to start thinking maybe I can take a little more control of this situation for themselves and explore new opportunities. We have recently adopted 3 words, Inspire, Inform and Educate to reminder us what we do, and continue to work towards our vision for Kent: A thriving community of young entrepreneurs and business owners, growing the Kent economy with experienced and successful business mentors, and peer support. To all the business we are already engaged with, please get in touch if you want any support, whatever that might be, especially as we have now entered lockdown 2.0. We are here to help, and make sure you have every opportunity to get through it. To our mentors just keep doing what you do, use the new networks we have created to connect with each other. And finally, to all our friends who follow us. Please spread the word that business is a great cause to support, The Kent Foundation needs to get through it as well, so keep following and get in touch if you would like to make a big difference for young business owners in Kent. Stay safe.

Stuart Tanton - Director of The Kent Foundation  

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So what have we been doing over the last 6 months, in numbers?

119 Business supported through our mentoring program
45 regular drop-ins provided by the KF team
14 mastermind groups
10 masterclass sessions
4 networking events
+ online activity to keep morale and wellbeing a key factor in the support we provide.

We have also taken our mentor training online too, and welcomed 12 new business mentors on board.

Upcoming Events and Links below

KF Annual Awards

Yes, this year has been difficult, especially for businesses. But, we believe there is still so much to celebrate in how they have shown innovation, strength, and resilience. So how do we celebrate and highlight the achievements of the amazing businesses we support, and the commitment our mentors have given when it is unlikely we can actually meet in person?

Soooo....drum roll!  We have made the decisions to take our Annual Awards Event to a new fact, into the cloud and creating
The KF Awards Show, online!

20th January 2021

We know how much fun the awards evenings have been in the past, and we are disappointed that we will not be able to see you all in person. But.... we are confident that this showcase event will be a great way to celebrate, as well as not lose any of the fun!

More information about how to get involved, and be part of The Awards Show will be sent out soon.

The three awards this year will be...
- Innovation in Business Award
- Spirit of the Kent Foundation
- Impact Award
We have a nomination form that will be sent out soon, so please make the time to get your nominations in before the 23rd December 2020.
FREE - Business
Start-up Workshop

Do you know someone who would really benefit from this developing their own business idea?

Join us for an informal online workshop that will guide you through the steps you need to take to get your own business up and running. Whether it's a side hustle or a full-time business, come along and find what support is available for you.

We will be covering:
  • Developing a Business Idea
  • Market Research
  • Legalising your Business
  • Gathering Resources
  • Getting Started
We are here to help!
Whether you are looking for current information to support your business, or you would like some support, or just a chat as a business owner...give us a call on any of the numbers below.
We are here for business, and you!

Landline - 03000 421163
Stuart - 07879490616
Rowan - 07944447832
Miranda - 07944447831
What is it? We know that business can be a lonely place at times, so meeting with other like minded business owners can be a real boost. These events are all about getting connected, being forward thinking, and solution focused. The Kent Foundation Mastermind groups aim to create a safe place for young business owners to share business challenges, and form professional relationships with other young business owners, to share, consider, and give constructive suggestions to grow their businesses with the support of Kent Foundation Business Mentors.

Next Date for your diary
25th November 2pm - 4pm

If you haven't received an invitation to one before, and you would like to join one of these groups please get in touch 
Contact us
Would like to start networking with like minded business owners?
Did you know we have a FaceBook group exclusively for Young Business owners and Entrepreneurs?
Follow the link below and send a joining request and we will welcome you in. CLICK HERE

We also have a group called
Kent Foundation Mentors Network on LinkedIn

We would love all of our business mentors to be part of this network, to connect and support each other, so if you haven't already joined please follow the link below and we will warmly let you in. CLICK HERE
KF Mentor Networking
19th November
9:30am - 10:30am
A great opportunity to meet with other Mentors, network, share mentoring tips and strategies to maximise the value of the support you offer.

Book your place HERE
Please consider making
The Kent Foundation your charity of choice. Your support would be really appreciated. For all the purchases you make on Amazon they will donate back to us.
FOLLOW our latest campaign on KF social channels


We are promoting a
KF business every working day till Christmas. Collect the cards in you download file and when you need something, get in touch.
KF Members... please log in and update your meeting notes using this link: 
Kent Foundation Members Area
Keep updated with the relevant links relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our website HERE. Stay safe! The Kent Foundation Team 
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