Helping you with the cost of doing business

Find out what advice and support is available for businesses.

Advice and support from local and national organisations

We've compliled a list of other organisations that can provide business advice and support.

Local organisations

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is one of 38 LEPs across the country. It's a partnership between businesses, local authorities and the education sector, and works to promote economic growth and job creation in the local area.

Business Essex, Southend and Thurrock (BEST) Growth Hub can help you identify programmes, initiatives and funding.

Colbea offers business advice and support, training, serviced offices and rooms for hire in the Essex area.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are an opportunity for businesses and academic bodies to share expertise. They involve one or more graduates working in a company for between one and three years. They’ll draw on their academic knowledge while working on important projects for the company.

Partnerships are available with:

Essex Chambers of Commerce offers local advice and support.

University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University both offer a range of support services to businesses as well as courses, training and research.

Essex Opportunities offers information on training, recruitment and business support for employers. It also offers information on careers, finding a job or apprenticeship, training and studying for those seeking a new job or careers.

Essex Libraries business reference has information on markets, other businesses, and industry journals.

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) provides advice for businesses on improving fleet and driver safety, training courses and advice for people driving on business. See the section Driving for better business on their website.

ACL Essex offers professional qualifications, apprenticeships, and other training.

National organisations

Federation of Small Businesses is a non-profit organisation that provides advice, financial expertise, support and opportunities to members.

ACAS provides advice to employers (and employees) on workplace practices, dispute resolution, training and research.

CBI (Confederation of British Industry) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to championing economic growth and helping businesses succeed.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a National Careers Service Skills Toolkit, offering free digital and numeracy courses for individuals who want to learn new skills, improve their CV, or wish to change jobs.

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