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Where to go to get funded business support and advice in Essex

Together with our partners, we offer fully funded business advice and support for Essex businesses. Whether you're just starting out, or looking to grow your business, we can help.

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Free business support

Backing Essex Business offers up to 12 hours of free business support covering:

  • finance and risk
  • customer interaction and identifying your market
  • managing your supply chain
  • increasing productivity and up-skilling your team
  • workplace operations

Support for women in business

Ambitious Women in Essex is a network that provides opportunities and support for women throughout their careers. It is run by Essex County Council and partners with organisations such as Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Natwest, Backing Essex Business and Innovate UK. For more information contact

Grow your business

The BEST Growth Hub helps Essex businesses on the path to growth and prosperity. Their team of business experts provide free and impartial business support. Part of the national network of 38 Growth Hubs, it funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Green Entrepreneurs programme

The Green Entrepreneurs’ Programme supports young entrepreneurs with a green business idea or start up. The six-week programme offers virtual workshops led by business experts and the chance to pitch for funding.

Email the Economic Growth Team to find out about the next phase of workshops:

Tourism, leisure and hospitality support

Tourism contributes ÂŁ3.6 billion per year to the Greater Essex economy. Visit Essex, the official tourism organisation for the region, supports local businesses to make the most of this opportunity.

Find out how to become a Visit Essex member and benefit from:

  • marketing and PR opportunities
  • training courses
  • networking events
  • expert advice and support

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For more information on any of these schemes, contact us at