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Business development

14 February 2018

Essex County Council runs a number of programmes to enable businesses to operate and grow in the county.  As well as these, we work with specialist and professional partners to ensure that businesses get the right advice, support and business coaching to enable them to cope with the challenges they face.


Helping businesses to establish a foothold in the UK and European markets. Promoting the opportunities of a location on the doorstep of London and Cambridge and with excellent links to Europe to companies in the UK, Europe and globally.

Essex International

Helping companies and organisations to access the Chinese market.  Providing unique access through an exclusive 26-year relationship with the Jiangsu province in China.  Essex International have the right connections to help businesses to export, pursue partnerships, the right expertise and in market presence develop connections and partnerships and the right experience to help organisations increase their presence in the Chinese market.  

Essex Innovation Programme

A no fee programme helping companies, both early stage and established, to develop and exploit their creative and innovative commercial development ideas. Providing experienced professional private sector support and networks to businesses to grow and commercialise their innovative ideas.

Essex Enterprise Centres

Providing a flexible, stimulating and supportive business environment for developing companies looking to take their first steps into occupying premises. Our Enterprise centres are located in Basildon, Clacton and Ongar.