Covid Support

Covid Support

from the University of Kent's Knowledge Exchange and Innovation department.

At the University of Kent, we aim to continue to support you and your business through these unprecedented times. We have offered webinars with expert academics, with business professionals and collaborated with companies to provide you with the best support. We have provided the community with faceshields, PPE, and access to our technology. Now we are providing the opportunity to apply for part of our Recovery Innovation Fund.

Recovery Innovation Fund (#RIFund)

Our Recovery Innovation Fund can provide your small or medium-sized business (including 3rd sector) with up to £7.5k to engage with Kent’s expertise, with the opportunity to foster a long-term partnership and build long term resilience. 

You will get tailored advice and support from our academic experts relevant to your business need. 

We can help you with:

  • exploring ways to inspire your company’s evolution
  • allowing your employees to improve and grow
  • discovering or cultivating new products
  • cultivating business efficiency
  • solving problems
  • engaging with viability studies
  • exploring new business initiatives

The fund can provide 50% of the total value of the project (ex VAT), with you funding the remaining. This is support funding whereby a cash contribution from the business is match funded from the University, this funding covers the cost of the academic time and other resources spent on the project.

Applications close on 28th May, and any projects must be complete by the end of July 2021.

Recovery Innovation Fund

Apply before 23:59 - 28th May 2021

Open to Small and Medium enterprises

(including 3rd sector)

The Covid-19 Business Recovery Response Webinar Series (#C19BusRecovery)

The University of Kent's business and innovation gateway team have collaborated with academics across the university to bring you a series of webinars to help support you and your business. Our academic experts will be presenting on topics such as e-commerce, valuing you staff, avoiding being the victim of fraud and more. We are here to aid you in getting your business back up and running, with advice and guidance on how your business can progress and continue to grow after Covid-19. Follow on social media via #C19BusRecovery  

View replays of all webinars in the series

Your business & innovation team, whilst working from home, are here to help and are operating as usual. 

During these challenging times the University has stepped up its related research, instigated new projects with academic institutions around the world, shared equipment and support to the healthcare sector.  Our academic community are keen to support our business community at this challenging time.  Simply email the business & innovation team via the link below with your business-related questions and we will try to find appropriate academics in that field. 

This work compliments the Kent & Medway Growth Hub who are offering more general business support and we will sign post across where appropriate.

Furthermore, we can help with funding options to support your business when incomes may be lower than usual. We can also offer bespoke online training for your employees to help increase productivity before and when returning to the workplace.

The University is dedicated to this support and will continue to do so for as long as needed.