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Kent County Show Enterprise Zone for start-ups deadline of April 8 nears

By Chris Britcher

The deadline for start-ups to secure free space at this year's county show is fast approaching.

The Kent County Show returns for its annual extravaganza on July 5-7.

And once again the Enterprise Zone will feature ten start-ups based in the county free space to showcase their efforts to the 77,000 visitors expected.

Being part of the Enterprise Zone is a great opportunity to reach a wide audience
Being part of the Enterprise Zone is a great opportunity to reach a wide audience

Organisers, the Kent County Agricultural Society, introduced the initiative as part of their commitment to providing local businesses with a platform at the show.

Successful applications will receive a free 3m x 3m tented stand at the show in Detling to showcase their products and services, tickets for staff, and support in promoting their attendance at the show.

Rosie Gouldsworthy, trade co-ordinator for the Kent County Show, said: “The Enterprise Zone was a fantastic addition to the Kent County Show in 2018 and it was great to see such new businesses blossoming.

Kent County Show is expecting around 77,000 visitors this year
Kent County Show is expecting around 77,000 visitors this year

"The effort they all put in was remarkable and we look forward to seeing which new businesses apply in 2019.”

Sarah Evans, owner of Simply the Bees Knees and one of last year’s Enterprise Zone businesses, said: “Taking part was an unmatchable opportunity to showcase our business and share our vision and values.

"We were so encouraged by the positive reaction to our idea and our product, proven by the fact we sold out of all our stock. We came away totally staggered at the opportunity we were given and the success we had.”

Lucy Hegarty - show manager at Kent County Show
Lucy Hegarty - show manager at Kent County Show

The Kent County Agricultural Society is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Enterprise Zone and encourages any businesses who have been trading for less than a year and who are based in Kent to apply.

Applications will be open until Monday, April 8, and short-listed candidates will be invited to meet with Rosie Gouldsworthy and Lucy Hegarty, the show manager.

Rosie Gouldsworthy added: “We believe this is a wonderful chance for new companies to be part of one of the county’s largest three-day show,

Start-ups have until April 8 to put in an application for one of the ten free exhibitor spaces
Start-ups have until April 8 to put in an application for one of the ten free exhibitor spaces

"As a charity, we work to support the local Kent community, so we are proud to be able to offer this opportunity to Kent’s newest businesses.”

To apply for the Enterprise Zone and find out more about the event visit the show's website.

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