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Small businesses in Romney Marsh can get free information and advice at workshops in Marsh Academy, New Romney, as new start up workspace opens

03 June 2014
by Chris Price

Micro-businesses can get advice and training at a series of free workshops during a busy week for small firms in a corner of the county.

Marsh Million Business Week has been set up for companies on Romney Marsh by the Federation of Small Businesses and Kent County Council.

Running from today until Friday, the sessions will take place at the newly-opened MACH business hub at the Marsh Academy in New Romney.

From left, Damian Collins MP, FSB's Bill Fox, Jane Hewson from Elsie's cafe and Cllr Mark Dance

From left, Damian Collins MP, FSB's Bill Fox, Jane Hewson from Elsie's cafe and Cllr Mark Dance

It comes as a new workspace for start-up firms opens its doors in the town, following a £100,000 grant by Dungeness A power station owners Magnox and £40,000 from KCC.

South Kent FSB chairman Bill Fox – who owns the Kent Business Academy in Willesborough – said: “We’re very excited about what we are offering start ups and local businesses during Marsh Million Business Week.

“There is lots of information and advice available, but unless you know where to look and have the time to search, it can be pretty hard to find it.

"That’s why the FSB in partnership with Kent County Council are running free sessions over four days, from one place.

Geoff Smith of Romney Cycles, left, meets Damian Collins MP FSB's Bill Fox and Cllr Mark Dance

Geoff Smith of Romney Cycles, left, meets Damian Collins MP FSB's Bill Fox and Cllr Mark Dance

Bill Fox of the Federation of Small Businesses hands out a leaflet

Bill Fox of the Federation of Small Businesses hands out a leaflet

“Guests will be able to talk to experts about getting the most from social media, to writing business plans, getting your business fit to export and how to finance their ideas.”

The new start-up workspace is designed to give 15 new companies access to meeting rooms, printing facilities, IT and business advice.

The Romney Resource Centre will also receive £70,000 over the next three years from Shepway District Council.

Shepway District Council cabinet member for the district economy Cllr Alan Clifton-Holt said: “This is fantastic news for the Romney Marsh.

“Local people wanting to set up a new business or who need help in continuing to run their young business now have somewhere on their doorstep that can offer excellent support.”

For information visit www.fsb.org.uk/kentmarshmillionbusinessweek.

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