Show of­fers boost for start-ups

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Start-up firms could share a plat­form with big busi­nesses at this year’s Kent County Show, thanks to a new en­ter­prise zone.

It is de­signed to show­case Kent’s new­est en­ter­prises, and will al­low them to show 80,000 vis­i­tors who they are and what they do, along­side well-known com­pa­nies which in the past have in­cluded John Lewis, Tesco, and Jim Beam.

It is part of an ini­tia­tive be­ing run by Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (KCAS), in a bid to give lo­cal busi­nesses a boost at the show, which will be held at Kent Show­ground in Detling from Fri­day, July 6 to Sun­day, July 8.

Kevin Attwood, chair­man of KCAS, said: “We want to show­case what the county has to of­fer, and en­cour­age ap­pli­ca­tions from all sec­tors.”

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is April 9, with in­ter­views held later that month, where en­trepreneurs will have the chance to ‘sell’ their busi­ness to the show man­ager. Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will re­ceive a free pitch for all three days. To ap­ply, visit Ken­tShowEn­ter­prise

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