Starting a business

Business Support Providers – Start Up


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

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

Hertfordshire Science Partnership

The University of Hertfordshire has secured external funding to support collaborative research with businesses in the Life Science areas. Our new Hertfordshire Science Partnership can help your business access reduced cost collaborative research, with leading academic experts through the new Hertfordshire Knowledge Exchange Partnership scheme,...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


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

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 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

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 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

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

South East Business Boost (SEBB)

We may have some funding workshops and business support available in the Spring 2020.  If you are interested in this growth programme please provide your details and we will add you to the waiting list. Please contact Essex SEBB for more information. 01702 417 856  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


Over the next three years UnLtd has committed to three focus areas where we believe social entrepreneurs can make a big impact. If your venture is working within one of these focus areas, your award application is more likely to be successful. UnLtd’s core awards are funded by the Millennium Awards Trust and are open to enterprising people...Find out more

If you are a business provider who is able to offer start up support please contact to have your information added to the list.