Support for businesses

Support for businesses of all sizes is available from the organisations below.

See services we sell for commercial services for business available from the council.

Growth and funding

Invest Essex helps businesses to locate, grow and succeed in Essex.

BEST Growth Hub provides free support, including funding opportunities, to grow your business.

Essex for Business offers funding opportunities and advice.

Essex International helps businesses to find opportunities in China.

Advice and support

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

GOV.UK’s get help and support for your business page offers advice and financial help from government-backed schemes.


Information for businesses and employers to help prepare for Brexit.

Training and apprenticeships

ACL Essex offers professional qualifications, apprenticeships and other training.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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 3 years. They’ll draw on their academic knowledge while working on important projects for the company.

Partnerships are available with:

More information is available from the academic bodies in question.

Learn more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at GOV.UK.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The eDBS Service offers Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and advice.

Venue hire

We offer venue hire at a number of our buildings, including:

Business Incubation Centre Southend has office space and meeting rooms for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Ongar Business Centre provides workspace and other support services to small- and medium-sized businesses.

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