Business advice and support from our partners

Find support from trusted organisations and programmes

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

Backing Essex Business offers guidance, support and funding to help grow your business.

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.

Essex Chambers of Commerce offers local advice and support.

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:

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

The Manufacturing Growth Programme offers support for small to medium-sized manufacturers. This includes grant funding, bespoke action plans and specialist growth tools.

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.

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.

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

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.

The ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) offers a Business Advice Service. This provides free consultations to businesses seeking trusted advice from chartered accountants.