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Business Support in Braintree

The Council has ambitious plans for growth, with 14,000 new houses and around 20,000 new jobs planned by 2033. We have set out how we intend to create the right conditions for growth in a joint Prospectus with our business community ‘Building a Prosperous District’ – strengthening the economic infrastructure of the District, providing effective business and employment support, and regeneration of our towns and rural areas. The District is a key growth location in Essex and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) supports this ambition as the business-led, public/private body established to drive economic growth across the South East.

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  • Business Support
    • The Council works closely with Ignite Business Enterprise to support business start-up. Ignite support local new start and existing businesses, creating high survival rates and growth through supported premises, business advice, and training and events. As winners of the small enterprise agency ‘Future of Enterprise Support’ award 2013, they are proud to be a member of the National Enterprise Network
  • Signposting
    • As well as providing a range of direct services to help meet your business needs, we work with our partners in the South East to help growing businesses access the best advice and support available through the BEST Growth Hub and through the range of business support available through the Government’s Business Portal including finance, growth and exporting support, and support for your business sector.
  • Procurement
    • Getting fast, reliable and cost effective superfast broadband will help your business competitiveness and we are working with Superfast Essex to ensure that fibre broad band is rolled out across the District. We also support businesses to make the right broadband choice to meet their current and future needs through our Broadband Guide for Business

We want to ensure that District businesses have a workforce with the skill sets they need to grow and be competitive. We work closely with our local Further Education provider Colchester Institute’s College at Braintree, with Essex Employment and Skills Board, and with the National Apprenticeship Service to help businesses to develop those skill sets.