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Business Support Providers – Established

Below are a list of business support providers who are able to support with this:


Overview: We provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. Web Address: Contact Details: 0300 123 11 00, Twitter @AcasEast, Facebook:   Find out more

Anglia Ruskin University

Overview: At Anglia Ruskin University we offer a leading range of teaching, knowledge, expertise and facilities to support the growth of your business. Whether you are a start-up or a multinational, we aim to help at least 2,000 organisations to innovate and develop every year. We are keen to work with you to create the best solutions for your...Find out more


Apprenticemakers has been developed to help apprentice employers across the country make connections and ask each other questions about the benefits and challenges associated with recruiting apprentices. The community aims to support a greater take up of Apprenticeships amongst small and medium businesses (SMEs) and has been developed following a...Find out more

Basildon Enterprise Centre

Overview The Basildon Enterprise Centre, located on the Burnt Mills Industrial Estate, part of the A127 Enterprise Corridor and Basildon’s industrial heart. It has A choice of 37 managed workspaces from 13 to 36 sq m (144 to 392 sq ft) and offers practical business support, access to expert advice and great networking opportunities. Benefits...Find out more


You can contact us by either telephone Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm on 01268 410400 Alternatively you can write to us at: BDLEA Unit 17 Samson House Arterial Road Laindon, Basildon Essex SS15 6DR Find out more

Better Business for All

Regulatory Services (which include Environmental Health and Licensing; Trading Standards and Essex Fire and Rescue Service amongst others) have responsibilities to ensure that businesses comply with laws relating to food hygiene; consumer trading; licensing; fire safety and health and safety at work. Regulators would far rather provide informal...Find out more

Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

Overview: Explore data. Enhance knowledge. Empower society. The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is leading the way in advanced analytics to help companies explore data, enhance knowledge and empower our society. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Centre provides a range of no-fee business services supported...Find out more

CLA, Rural Business Support

Overview: Our members own and manage more than 250 different types of rural businesses and as the problems they encounter are diverse, we offer an equally diverse range of support. Through our professional advisers, members have access to free advice on all general aspects of the rural economy ensuring that they can take advantage of business...Find out more

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea)

Overview: The Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting pre-start, new and young businesses. Colbea’s team of experienced and accredited Business Advisors are here to help and encourage you as a new entrepreneur, delivering One-to-One business advice that is statistically proven to...Find out more

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network, described as the world’s biggest support network for SMEs, has been designed to help businesses innovate, grow and succeed in the European marketplace through technology transfer or by finding new customers, suppliers or commercial partners. The network is a consortium comprising 600 support organisations across...Find out more

Essex Chamber of Commerce

Overview: Essex Chambers of Commerce is the voice of business across Essex and the only accredited chamber of commerce in the county. We represent businesses from sme’s to national companies at all levels of government. Working with leading organisations, we deliver business information and advice, as well as business products and services from...Find out more

Essex Enterprise Centres

Overview The Essex Enterprise Centres offers practical support, access to expert advice and great networking opportunities and quality office space from its 3 locations in Essex; Basildon, Clacton and Ongar. Benefits include; affordable monthly charges, freedom to take larger space without relocating, easy in/easy out licences. But it’s not just...Find out more

Essex International

Essex International a specialist China business service. We focus on answering the question ‘is there a market in China for my product or service?’ and then we promote you to procurement/decision makers and find you interested buyers Why work with us: Reach procurement/decision makers Begin to build brand awareness Obtain direct feedback from...Find out more


Overview: Everywoman is the UK’s leading provider of training, resources and support services for women in business. They work to increase the number and raise the status of women in the UK economy, using their experience and expertise to help women achieve their aspirations and realise their business and career ambitions. Their clients range...Find out more

Funding and Investment Team

Over the last five years, Essex County Council’s Funding and Investment Team have helped organisations across the private, public and VCSE sectors secure over £70m of funding. Working with the team, your organisation will benefit from access to additional capacity, specialist advice and the strategic direction necessary to ensure that you have...Find out more

ICAEW Business Advice Service

Overview The ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) provides professional advice for owner-run businesses, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and new business startups. As well as practical help online in the form of white papers, briefings for directors and blog articles, we enable businesses to receive a free initial consultation from an ICAEW...Find out more

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It  is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. InnovateUK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Their latest...Find out more


Innovate2Succeed is a fully-funded* programme designed to support ambitious SMEs that recognise innovation plays an integral role in their growth plans. It offers up to 7 days tailored support from an Innovation Adviser and can support your senior team to address important areas of innovation management. How does the programme work? Step 1: A...Find out more


Overview: Inspire2Enterprise, a joint venture between The University of Northampton and Exemplas, is a unique, free-to-access service for the Social Enterprise Sector providing information, specialist advice and support from start-up to initial growth and beyond Web Address: Address: BioPark, Broadwater Road, Welwyn...Find out more

Invest Essex

Overview INVEST Essex work with businesses in the UK and abroad to help them to assess location opportunities for reaching a UK market and to settle into premises in Essex. Working with business partners they provide a ‘total solution’ that can guide and support through every stage of a business relocation or expansion project; from location...Find out more


What is KEEP+? KEEP+ is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme assisting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) developing new products and services. What’s on offer? The range of interventions on offer can cover a wide variety of business needs and scenarios, providing your business with flexible opportunities for the...Find out more

KTN – Knowledge Transfer Network

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK’s innovation network and a network partner of InnovateUK. KTN specialises in cross-sector collaboration and can help companies to facilitate connections to other business, academics and other innovation support providers. KTN can help companies to find new markets for their innovative products...Find out more

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme Grant scheme The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help: Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement Work with the best external experts to implement those plans Cover 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a...Find out more


Overview: is Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services. The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage...Find out more


Overview: Nwes is a not-for-profit enterprise agency providing free and subsidised business support services to pre-starts and established businesses across east Anglia, including Essex. The support delivered includes business advice and workshops covering core business subjects such as Marketing and Finance for start-up businesses, and Business...Find out more

Open to Export

Overview: Are you looking to export or already exporting? Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and international trade needs. The website contains extensive exporting resources from government and specialist organisations as well as a popular Q&A section...Find out more

School for Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) helps people to start up, scale and strengthen organisations that tackle social and environmental problems. Every year, SSE supports more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs and social-sector leaders through learning. It runs courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change....Find out more

South East Business Boost (SEBB)

Support available: 12 hours funded business advice with our start up advisor of business growth advisors SEBB is available to support businesses in the SELEP region to grow. Its focus is on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) and start-up companies.  The objective is to boost companies and increase employment through support, guidance...Find out more

Tendring Enterprise Agency

Overview: It is a business support service for established small or start up businesses and individuals in the Tendring District.  Support will be in the form of mentoring and signposting to specialist services ensuring businesses in Tendring have an opportunity to start and flourish. Web Address: Address: Essex...Find out more

The Small Business Online Forum

The Small Business Online Forum is a quick and easy way for small businesses to get answers to their tax questions, as well as help with: starting a business support for growing a business – including taking on employees and expanding buying and selling abroad completing tax returns tax credits To access the Small Business Online Forum please...Find out more

Thurrock Local Enterprise Agency

Overview: Thurrock Local Enterprise Agency Ltd delivers free, but high quality, business training making it accessible to everyone. Our trainers are accredited and possess strong business back grounds and the delegate numbers are limited so training becomes applicable to individual situations. Web Address: Address: Thurrock Local...Find out more

University of Essex

Overview: The University of Essex has been breaking boundaries for fifty years, and now our expertise is driving business forward. We work with businesses to provide student and graduate talent, training, facilities and world-leading expertise. From start-ups and SMEs to multinationals, we are helping businesses grow and increase their...Find out more

Writtle College

Overview: Writtle College campus is a unique place. It is set in its own 220 hectare estate with landscaped gardens, working animal units, construction areas, workshops and retail, business and leisure operations. There is a lively community atmosphere on campus, with students from over 50 different countries. The majority of our students spend a...Find out more

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