Starting a business

Business Support Providers – Start Up

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


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

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

Community Empowerment

Overview: Community Empowerment Ltd offers free advice to people looking to start their own co-operative social enterprises and create employment in the UK. They will Help you in starting a sustainable and successful enterprise developed with the proven business model of co-operative values and principles. Web...Find out more

Eastern Enterprise Hub

Overview: The Eastern Enterprise Hub is a regional enterprise agency operating across East Anglia who strive to promote business growth and support people who have a good business idea to develop key skills, commercial expertise and the confidence to make it a success. In partnership with Colchester Borough Council, Shark Infested Custard and...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


Overview: We are the UK’s most experienced business-led regeneration management group helping turn business support concepts into economic growth reality. Whether we’re working with new entrepreneurs, existing business owners and their senior management teams, local authority public sector economic development professionals and...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 Innovation Programme

The Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) is helping established or high growth potential start-up companies to take forward their innovative commercial development ideas through working with high quality mentors. This is a part-funded programme with the Essex Innovation programme contributing 40% of the cost. Businesses will have a needs assessment...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

HMRC Enterprise E-Learning Tool

Overview: Advises on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own business. This course will build your confidence by guiding you through everything you need to know to get started. There are useful tips from others who have been where you are now and practical case studies to help you along the way. Web Address: HMRC...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

Ignite Business Enterprise

Overview: Ignite are a Not for Profit Organisation who pride themselves in supporting local new start and existing businesses, creating high survival rates and growth. They aim to provide a complete range of services for the business community. As winners of the small enterprise agency ‘Local Enterprise Agency’ award in 2014 and...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


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

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

Low carbon across the south east (LoCASE)

LoCASE is a consistent, accessible support programme that helps businesses work in ways that are environmentally-friendly, with low carbon emissions, and make the best use of resources. The project will improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness, whilst contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment. The...Find out more

New Enterprise Allowance – Department for Work and Pensions

Overview: New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) can provide money and support to help people start their own business if they get certain benefits and have a business idea that could work. This includes support from a business mentor. Web Address: Address: Contact your local Job Centre Plus Details: Contact your local...Find out more


Overview: Nwes is not for profit Enterprise Agency providing free and heavily subsidised business support services to pre-starts and established businesses across Essex. The support delivered includes business advice and workshops covering core business subjects of marketing, finance, HR for start-up businesses and business planning. They manage a...Find out more

Princes Trust

The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise programme helps young people aged between 18 and 30 to explore their business ideas and to decide whether self-employment is right for them. The programme includes a four day interactive workshop, support to plan and test ideas and the opportunity to apply for funding. Experienced business mentors are an integral...Find out more

School for Startups

Overview: School for Startups is a limited company that creates education programmes, events and online support for budding entrepreneurs; with the objective of helping anyone turn their business idea into a reality. Our vibrant global community is supported both online and offline through mentoring, meetups and discussion groups. Two flagship...Find out more

Shell LiveWIRE

Overview: Shell LiveWIRE is an online community for young entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30 years old. It offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £5,000 and £25,000 funding to innovative young entrepreneurs in the UK with ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. The Shell LiveWIRE Business...Find out more

South East Business Boost (SEBB)

Support available: Capital grants between £1,000 and £10,000 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 and grants. The project will improve...Find out more

Start Up Britain

Overview: StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. We are truly passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and its benefits to our economy and we do this by highlighting the...Find out more

The PrISMS Programme – Sustainable Growth 

Overview: PrISMS programme aims to transform the growth prospects of 50 start-ups and 70 SMEs across the Eastern Region – creating more than 140 new jobs and safeguarding many more. The programme aims to help companies to: grow revenue and profitability make their products and operations more sustainable create new jobs and safeguard existing...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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