Support for businesses in North Essex

We are a member of the North Essex Economic Board (NEEB), a partnership of local authorities in the area working together to drive economic growth. Our partners are:

  • Braintree District Council
  • Chelmsford City Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Maldon District Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Uttlesford District Council

We've recently launched a series of fully funded business and skills support packages, offering training and advice to residents and businesses in North Essex.

Business support

The business support packages include:

Colbea offers free support covering:

  • start-up support
  • import and export support
  • digital skills and cyber security
  • transitioning to low carbon

Backing Essex Business offers free finance and debt management support.

Best Growth Hub offers free help navigating available business support.

Skills support

A number of programmes have been funded to help local residents improve their skills, helping them to find work or change career:

Shaw Trust works with residents recently unemployed or made redundant due to Covid-19 to complete training and placements in businesses across a number of key sectors.

We Are Digital offers inclusion training aimed at those with little or no IT skills, teaching them computer literacy and how to connect with the online world. The programme also includes providing them with a tablet and data connection. To find out more call 0114 551 2551 or email for a referral.

Tech Talent Academy offers certified courses in IT qualifications and apprenticeships. They'll also upskill those with an existing basic knowledge of IT and support them into entry-level jobs within the industry.

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