Business and Partnerships

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Business and partnerships

At KBS we offer support in exploring the key questions from across our communities

Small Business Clinic

Our Small Business Charter approved School is home to a wide scope of experts who can assist your business across a broad range of business related topics. Get in touch to discover how we can help take your ambtion further.

Knowledge transfer partnerships

Our KTPs help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge and technology. You can access highly qualified graduates, postgraduates and academics to spearhead new strategic projects and drive your business forward. See below firms who have benefited.

Kent Business Summit

Learn, challenge, connect and grow.

High calibre support

At KBS our students are future leaders in business, access their support through:

  • Placement years
  • In-company schemes
  • Consultancy Projects
  • MBA Projects 

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Growing Kent and Medway

Led by horticultural and agricultural research institution NIAB EMR, Growing Kent & Medway is a partnership programme investing in innovative ideas to help the food and drink industry in our region to thrive. We support businesses of any size; bringing together industry, scientists, technologies, and entrepreneurs to stimulate innovation.

Use our Mentoring Hub for specialist advice on how to market a business and promote products.

Innovation funding

If you are a business, a charity or a public sector organisation, the University's Business and Innovation Gateway team can help you to access funding, facilities, new technology and academic expertise to meet your business needs.

Former MBA students Mark and Myles received Recovery Innovation Funding after working together on an exciting collaborative project within the construction industry.

ASPIRE - Student Start Up success

Our ASPIRE centre fuels the appetite of budding entrepreneurs who give back to the community by launching businesses as they study. Through our Business Start-Up Journey and Selfie programmes, innovative ideas are brought to life. 

ASPIRE’s open-plan workspace in the Sibson and at the Medway Building have been specially designed to provide a collaborative working environment. Our labs provide a flexible space, where you can work quietly on a business case for a potential investor, rehearse that vital pitch with your partners, or take advantage of the resources we provide.