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Stimulating entrepreneurship

Maidstone Borough Council is committed to providing a dynamic, inspiring and highly supportive environment to establish the town as the place to start a business.

A key component of the Council’s package of support to start-up businesses is delivered through the Council’s Growth Accelerator, called The Business Terrace, which provides a new generation of flexible workspace for businesses in Maidstone.

The Business Terrace acts as a focal point for the wider business community within the borough. Launched in September 2015, The Business Terrace is a place where start-up businesses and entrepreneurs can collaborate comfortably in a relaxed, professional environment.

Since its launch, The Business Terrace has hosted three of Kent’s “Top 30 under 30” entrepreneurs, two successful Dragon’s Den applicants, and more than 100 other innovative businesses in a variety of sectors.

Maidstone Borough Council provides unlimited one-to-one business support and advice, delivered by high-quality, full-time business advisors, alongside a comprehensive programme of events, seminars and workshops to help businesses to start, locate and grow within Maidstone.

The Business Terrace brings together like-minded individuals who influence, inspire and energise one-another. The format facilitates informal collaboration and networking, creating opportunities for start-up firms to grow and thrive. More than 600 people have been supported to start up or grow their business so far.