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.
Disclosure and Barring Service
The eDBS Service offers Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and advice.
We offer venue hire at a number of our buildings, including:
- Essex Record Office
- Essex Libraries
- [Essex Outdoors](https://www.essexoutdoors.com/corporate/conference-facilities/"Venue hire at Essex Outdoors")
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.Print this page