Starting a business

Business Support Providers – Start Up

BDLEA

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 www.bdlea.co.uk main@bdlea.co.uk 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

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

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

Inspire2Enterprise

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: www.inspire2enterprise.org 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: www.gov.uk/new-enterprise-allowance Address: Contact your local Job Centre Plus Details: Contact your local...Find out more

Nwes

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)

Support available: 12 hours funded business advice with our start up advisor of business growth advisors Growth grants of 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...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

UnLtd

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 info@BESTGrowthHub.org.uk to have your information added to the list.