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Business Support

Starting and growing a tourism business can be a challenge. Thanet District Council and the Thanet Tourism Team have a wealth of resources and business partners to help you at each stage of your journey.



Depending on the business you are intending to start or grow, there is a range of grants and funding streams available for you to consider. For a comprehensive overview of these visit the Business Funding section of Thanet District Council website  


Start-up Loans

Kent Invicta Chamber is the Kent delivery partner for the Let’s Do Business Group offering start-up loans and business mentoring


Business Support

Discover key national, countywide and local business support organisations

Rural Tourism Business Toolkit

This is part of the COOL programme, which was funding aimed at supporting rural locations, however the contents are still potentially very useful for any small business or start-up business.  Find out more here and scroll down.


Accommodation businesses support

Find out what you need to know about setting up and running a hotel, guest house, B&B and self-catering accommodation, and the essential contacts in our Tourism Accommodation Advice section



Training courses for you and your staff to develop your knowledge and skills are available through our Team’s Information Services and Visit Kent

You will also find opportunities at East Kent College which offers a range of technical, professional and vocation skills alongside higher education. Canterbury Christ Church University also has a campus in Broadstairs



The Thanet Tourism Team will be delighted to include your tourism business and promote your services to visitors via the Visit Thanet consumer website, event listings, poster sites and within PR and social media campaigns. Find out more in the About Us section 

Please contact one of the team to find out more. Please note that only tourism accommodation that is graded by the National Quality Assurance Scheme or Kent Accommodation Scheme 

The team is also able to let you know about other campaign and marketing opportunities coming up through its partner tourism organisations such as Visit Kent and VisitEngland.


VisitBritain provides a host of business support materials that will help you start up a tourism business. To find out more visit the VisitBritain website