Make business aspirations a reality with up to 12 hours of free one-on-one coaching and support.

Supporting food and drink businesses to grow

Growing Kent & Medway is investing in horticultural and food and drink businesses to support innovation and sustainable development. Funded by UKRI’s Strength in Places fund, we offer free one-on-one and group mentoring support to businesses of any size in Kent and Medway.

About our mentoring programme

We are offering;

  • Up to 12 hours of free one-on-one mentorship
  • Group peer network sessions
  • Support to apply for grant funding
  • Access to world-leading research facilities and experts

Our inclusive programme is open to everyone. Whether you’re self-employed or leading a global company with hundreds of employees. If you’re new to mentoring, or have experienced the benefits of one-on-one coaching in the past, we will support you to help your business to grow. 

The programme is designed to support on a wide range of areas, from market research, sales, people management, finance or legal, through to supply chain development or marketing strategies.

Rebecca Smith, Mentoring Programme Manager

Is this support right for me?

You could be an existing business of any size, or not have a business at all! You might just have an idea that could be the next big thing.

We will match you with carefully selected mentors, who have the skills and industry experience to support your business growth.

From the start, you’ll be working with your mentor to decide together on what you want to achieve and the support you need to get there.

Could you be a Mentor?

We are seeking mentors who share our vision for an exciting sustainable region, which is home to world-leading talent and innovative food and drink businesses.

To become a Growing Kent and Medway mentor you need to;

• Want to make a difference
• Be passionate about supporting people to achieve their goals
• Be prepared to share your experiences and networks
• Act as a positive role model
• Have good listening skills and be easy to talk to
• Be committed, reliable and maintain confidentiality

Mentors will be matched with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, supporting start-ups or established businesses. We are looking for people with a wide-range of experience and knowledge.

Full trained will be provided and you will be supported throughout the programme.

Why become a mentor with Growing Kent & Medway?

Being a mentor is a rewarding experience. By joining our mentoring programme, you will have a voice in the future of the food and drink sector in the region.

Being part of our programme will give you access to world-class expertise and facilities and help to grow your network with innovative businesses.

How do I sign up?

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, or would like to find out more about applying for 12 hours of free one-on-one support, we’d love to hear from you.

Call Rebecca Smith on 01227 816492

Download our PDF for more information, or complete the form below.

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