Kent launches COVID-19 business recovery response webinar series

Olivia Miller
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent’s business and innovation gateway team is hosting a number of free webinars to help support business recovery in Kent and Medway.

Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE) will provide expert advice through these online sessions in collaboration with a number of academic schools across the University, helping businesses to recuperate and facilitate business growth.

The first webinar, E-commerce, how to enter the virtual retail world, will be held on 30 June 2020. Hosted by Jason Marshall, Business Manager of Kent IT Consultancy (KITC) at the School of Computing, this event will guide participants through the process of setting-up an e-commerce platform and provide strategies to maximise sales potential.

Further confirmed sessions include:

Scanned Handwritten Signatures – Fodder for Forgery! – hosted by Dr Sanjay Bhattacherjee of the School of Computing – 10 July 2020

Stories, Wellbeing, and Business: Finding Meaning in COVID-19 Disruption – hosted by Dr Dieter Declercq of the School of Arts – 17 July 2020

Show me the money: What financial support is available for UK SME’s – hosted by Dr Catherine Robinson of Kent Business School – 22 July 2020

Never Waste a Good Crisis: (Re)Imagining tourism in Kent – hosted by Dr Juliane Thieme of Kent Business School, followed by a 30-minute Q&A with Deirdre Wells OBE, CEO of Visit Kent – 23 July 2020

Translating Culture Online – hosted by Dr Frances GuerinDr Ben Thomas and Dr Sophie Quirk of the School of Arts, and joined by Deirdre Wells OBE, CEO of Visit Kent – 28 July 2020

Backup or Packup (Precautions against ransomware attacks) – hosted by Dr Sanjay Bhattacherjee of the School of Computing – 31 July 2020

Carole Barron, Director of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation at KIE, said: ‘During these challenging times the University’s academic community is keen to support businesses. Our COVID-19 Business Recovery Response Webinar Series is just one initiative we are running to help business recovery. We would be interested in hearing from businesses what it is that is holding them back and what would help them to move their business forward. Kent’s team of professional business relations staff are ready to support businesses so please do get in touch.’

Businesses can find out more and sign up for webinars here: or contact the Business Innovation Gateway team directly via email: