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Gravesend Old Town Home is home to enterprising young entrepreneur

PUBLISHED: 15:09 01 June 2011

Charmaine Kemp is making strides with her company with the help of Kent Foundation

Charmaine Kemp is making strides with her company with the help of Kent Foundation

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»Situated in the impressive surroundings of the refurbished Old Town Hall and assisted by a charity which is letting her prime office space at an affordable rate, a young entrepreneur is taking her business to the next level.

Charmaine Kemp, 28, of Highfield Road, Dartford, has run her award-winning Wheelie Good Mobility, supplying mobility scooters to charities and care homes such as Age Concern, for just over two years, but a move into Gravesend’s Old Town Hall is allowing her to expand.

This opportunity came about with the help of charity Kent Foundation, which is working to help those aged 18 to 30 establish and further their businesses through its Your Space scheme letting out its office space.

She said: “What Kent Foundation has offered us has been incredible. I was working out of home and in that situation it seems like you never really get away from it. Here I have this fantastic location, at just £150 a month. One of the biggest obstacles when starting up is the overheads with finding an office and putting down deposits. It has made a huge difference.”

She is now branching out to offer all kinds of elderly-orientated items such as bath lifts, kitchen aids and zimmer frames

The Old Town Hall has undergone a huge transformation in the past year, with a £2.3million regeneration to convert it to offices, a restaurant and café and a main hall available for hire.

Paul Barron, director of Kent Foundation, said: “Past research has determined a key requirement for young people starting a business is to have office space with business support available to them.”

The Kent Foundation is looking for other young business men and women and recently held a Your Space networking session.

To find out more email kent.foundation@kent.gov.uk

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