Seven Essex community renewal projects receive £4.4m in Government Levelling Up funding

Seven Essex community renewal projects receive £4.4m in Government Levelling Up funding

Essex County Council has secured £4.4m in funding for seven successful projects from the Government Community Renewal Fund.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove yesterday (3 November 2021) announced funding for locally-led, innovative projects that will help breathe new life into towns, villages and coastal communities across the UK. Among these projects receiving funding were seven Essex projects. Full details of this funding can be found here: £200 million boost to help level up communities across the UK - GOV.UK (

The projects in Essex, and funding they have received, are:

  • Pathways to Diagnostics Trailblazer has been awarded £480,807 and will be delivered by Colchester Institute & East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT). This project will provide residents of Tendring with skills to support local job opportunities created within the new Community Diagnostics Hub at Clacton Hospital.

  • Planting the seeds for Growth in Tendring is a project which has received £510,313. Delivered by Abberton Rural Training it will provide residents of Tendring district with access to support and training to overcome the negative impact of Covid 19 on their work and physical and mental health.

  • Harlow & Tendring Retrofit Pipeline for Economic Renewal has been awarded £717,060. This project will be delivered by The Retrofit Academy Community Interest Company (CIC) in partnership with Essex County Council and will support residents and businesses to create jobs and growth from making private properties more energy efficient.

  • Digital Skills Transformation for Essex's High Streets has received £756,560. This project, delivered by Maybe Solutions Limited, will provide accelerated digital learning for staff of independent High Street Businesses.

  • Essex IAG Connect has been awarded £720,541 and will be delivered by Adult Community Learning at Essex County Council. This project aims to provide Information and Guidance to help local people across Essex into employment within growing sectors of industry.

  • Harlow College and Enable East Skills Pilot has been awarded £779,537. This project delivered by Harlow College & Enable East will offer a range of employment support to unemployed and employed residents in Harlow, while a second base in Tendring will aim to support Year 11-13 pupils and their teachers.

  • Harlow Local Procurement Portal has been awarded £476,001 and will be delivered by Harlow District Council. This project will support Harlow based Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to supply larger companies in the district, increasing local purchasing and supply of services to grow the district economy.

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Community, Equality, Partnerships and Performance, said: “This announcement means our ambitions to level up Essex are off to a flying start, driving our aim to create prosperity across all of our county.

“It’s great news for the businesses and residents of Harlow and Tendring, particularly the local people who will benefit from the opportunity to gain the skills they will need to secure the jobs of the future.”

Cllr Tony Ball, ECC Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “One of our strategic priorities at Essex County Council is to help people prosper by increasing their skills and this Government funding will help residents of all backgrounds get the training to secure good jobs in growing industries.”

Cllr Lesley Wagland, ECC Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning, said: “Economic development needs to be targeted to areas of opportunity. Government funding for projects such as these will deliver skills to enable Essex to attract and grow large firms in high growth industries, such as the digital and green energy sectors.”

Cllr Neil Stock OBE, Leader of Tendring District Council, said: “This funding will really help us to better connect and support our community in a range of ways – from apprenticeships in horticulture, to building careers in healthcare and upskilling businesses.

“The fact the Government has pledged £2.6million to our district is recognition of the existing fantastic work we do, and how we can do even more with the application of extra funding.

“We look forward to getting moving on these projects working closely with our partners, especially Essex County Council.”

Cllr Dan Swords, Harlow Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, strongly welcomed the announcement. He said: “Today is a fantastic day for Harlow's businesses and young people. We have helped to secure a £3.5 million package of investment from the Government which will transform careers guidance, apprenticeships and job opportunities as well as massively improving skills and productivity in the local economy.

"The Council worked very hard on our specific bid and further on those that will benefit the town as a whole and I pay special tribute to Harlow Council Officers and Essex County Council officers and partner organisations who have done so much to make this happen.

"I passionately believe that investing in careers, skills, apprenticeships and our local businesses is one of the single most important investments that we can make for the future of our town.

"Building back better is not about these impressive figures, but about improving the life chances for our residents and opening high-quality job and apprenticeship opportunities across Harlow and that is what we are delivering."

Last updated 4 November 2021