Committed to generating regional impact, Kent Business School offers its academic support to business, local government and charities through research, strategic advice and consultancy services. Our talented students are keen to work with you, and learn from your experiences. KBS is here to support you, your team and your business.

Open for business

A leading UK business school, we support organisations across a range of sectors, from SMEs to multinational businesses, to develop and thrive. We advise government and non-governmental bodies on organisational performance, HR management, marketing and finance. Innovation and sustainability inform all research and consultancy services.

We help to build the next generation of responsible managers via our Kent MBA and apprenticeship programmes, and gather the leaders of today at our networking events. To share experiences, exchange views and forge new working relationships with the regional business community and Kent Business School.

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Corporate connections

We pride ourselves on delivering first – class academic degrees combined with real-world business connections. We do this via various events such as Kent Business Summit.

Jent Business Summit Welcome stand for 2018

The Kent Business Summit

The Kent Business Summit is an annual event organised in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Locate in Kent (LiK). 

The conference promotes collaboration between Kent business, local government and academics in ensuring sustainable economic growth for the County. The summit report is made available post-event.

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Business Networking Opportunities

We regularly welcome the business community into our School to share ideas and knowledge. Events include our Business Soundbites series and the annual Kent Business Summit.

The Sibson at night, RIBA award winning

Business Soundbites

Business Soundbites are informal networking events, where Kent Business School academics pair up with external experts to present their views on economically relevant topics to an audience of regional stakeholders. Business Soundbites take place regularly, at our state-of-the art Sibson building, on Medway campus, or ‘on location’ in Kent.

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Successful sessions for businesses and organisations to provide a business challenge to student teams who research and provide innovative solutions.

The Turner Contemporary building in Margate

How our students can help you

If you are looking for specific expertise to help you solve a business issue, or exploit an opportunity, our expert academic research and consultancy services can help support you in the following ways:

  • assist you in identifying possible problems which have led to issues within your business and help identify opportunities for moving forward
  • undertake high-level research across the range of business and management topics to assist you achieve sustainable growth and competitive advantage

Our research and consultancy services draws on a wealth of research and expertise from across the Kent Business School with academics and partners who are experts in their field.

We provide bespoke consultancy which can range from short-term one-to-one interventions, through to longer-term development projects.

Wheelie Good Kids

“As a small but fast growing business, it is vital to have a fresh pair of eyes looking at us. Working with the Business Team at the Business School helped us to focus on the steps we need to consider in turning our strategic aims into actions and staged objectives – highly useful and relevant expertise.”

Charmaine Kemp, Owner

Kent County Council

“Our joint study will help to ensure that Kent firms can continue to take advantage of internationalisation in a post-Brexit world.”

Steve Samson, Trade Development Manager, Kent County Council

Tuner Contemporary Margate

“Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading public art galleries and a key Kent tourist attraction, generating income and jobs in the regional economy. To maintain this position and achieve our mission, we are constantly planning and reviewing what we do and how we do it. Working with the Business Team at the Kent Business School has really helped us develop our thinking, set future priorities and will ensure our continued success.”

Victoria Pomery, Director

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Frederico Maccari stands in front of the Sibson Building at the University of Kent

How our students can help your organisation

KBS students go to multinationals, SME’s, the public sector and charity organisations. With business students having a broad skills range, we have placements in a wide range of sectors, from the automotive to the entertainment industry, investment banks, accountancy firms and manufacturing companies.

Between 50-70% of our students in any given year are asked back for the graduate job with their placement employer, with many taking up the opportunity and being able to wholly focus on their final year at university with a graduate job already secured.

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Jaye Graham Business Start-Up Entrepreneur


ASPIRE welcomes student innovators and entrepreneurs to its high-quality facilities. ASPIRE has created an environment that encourages creativity, where students can work independently or with others to bring ideas to life.

As part of Kent Business School, we are able to draw on the School’s latest research in innovation and enterprise to help accelerate the progress of your ideas. We help students to develop entrepreneurial skills. Get in touch should you want to become a mentor or coach.

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State-of-the-art Environment

Kent Business School provides the ideal environment for businesses to organise their corporate events, both Canterbury & Medway sites offer facilities

The Sibson at night, RIBA award winning

Venue hire and catering

Kent Business School provides the ideal environment for businesses to organsie their corporate events at both Canterbury and Medway campuses.

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In partnership

Helping you create the competitive advantage

Kent Business School can offer you long or short-term support, providing innovative solutions to difficult challenges and helping you exploit opportunities.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships With funding available through the University of Kent, and supported by the UK Government, a KTP is a three-way partnership between your organisation, a member of our academic staff and a recently qualified student. We work with you for up to two years, sharing our research and providing ongoing support.

Consultancy Driven by intellectual curiosity and drawing on our research and expertise, we work with you to analyse problems, coming up with innovative solutions. We offer a bespoke service, which is great value for money. We can work with you on long-term projects or provide short-term one-to-one sessions.

P&O ferries docked at the port of Dover

Successful partnerships