The wealthiest county…
…in the country, culturally diverse, with a population of around 1.3 million. Ilford rub shoulders with London, and to the east, we have Southend-On-Sea. Famous around the world. As a business owner, what does Essex have to offer you?
On this page you may find information helpful for your business. These institutions are both from the private sector and public. Some are free and some are paid services. There is plenty of help for start ups and experienced entrepreneurs.
MAKE USE OF THESE ORGANISATIONS! If you are too shy to visit these institutions, then at least, phone or send an email. These organisations are passionate and potentially very powerful allies.
Business Advise, Training And Support
Thurrock Local Enterprise Agency
Free advise and training for those of you who are thinking of starting up a business, or those who are already running a business. Cleo’s Cat designs was just a twinkle in the eye, until this generous organisation seperated the fantasy from the facts. Thanks to socially-conscious businesses and organisations in Thurrock, free training and advise is available from experts. Catered to your needs as the groups are small enough to be personal. Well worth calling or visiting the site, as they off a lot more that can be mentioned on this page.
Essex Business Help – Cleo’s Cat Website Design
COLBEA – The Colchester Business Enterprise Agency
A not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting business. There is free one to one advise, training courses, offices to rent, networking events, and plenty more.
The Hive – Southend
The Hive is a dedicated business hub for start-up and growing businesses.
Their flexible approach means that you can move in, out, up or down within your membership without question.
They thrive on growing business communities but The Hive is more than that
they support and encourage businesses to collaborate and grow.
More than just an ecosystem- a SMEcosystem
Business Grants, Loans, And Awards
Essex Business Boost
What do you need to do? Simple, the entry is online and just takes 300 words.
There are 4 categories:
The BIG Business Boost Award – the overall award for Essex’s most innovative business – £1,500 cash boost + business support package.
The Young Entrepreneur Award – for business owners aged from 16 to 30 years of age – £1,500 cash boost + business support package.
The Women in Business Award – for the county’s most innovative female-led businesses – £1,500 cash boost + business support package.
The Disability Entrepreneur Award – Eligible to Essex-based individuals with a disability (physical, sensory, learning disability or difficulty, autism and mental health), with a great commercially sustainable business idea/plan to be the next Essex Entrepreneur – £2,000 cash boost + business support package.
Essex Business Awards
A platform for celebrating the very best business successes in the Essex area. These awards are open to small, medium, and large companies. They can also be nominated by the owner, employee, or a satisfied customer.
As well as recognising the dedication to achieve excellence, the aim is intended to raise the awareness of the company, provide networking opportunities, and improve the company’s reputation.
There are several awards, such as Excellence In Marketing to Apprentice of the year. And many more.
Essex Business Awards
Business Help When You Have A Disability
BOPH – Breaking Barriers
Since 1995, BOPH in Canvvey Island has been providing people with diffculties the opportunity to work productive working lives, as well as business opportunities.
A fantastic website that points out the obvious as well as help you never knew existed. Well worth bookmarking if you are interested is starting a business.
Women In Business
A growing network of mums who are in business, or would like to start a business. The group understands the challenges of balancing work with family and for those who have little ones our meetings also allow children to attend.
There are meetings all over Essex, from Chelmsford to Leigh-On-Sea.
Do they really help?
A good example is Jason Roberts of Bass Bus UK. When he was first getting his business started, he realised he needed help. Buses do not come cheap! He approached several of the grants and loan schemes for Essex businesses. A few of them had a lot of specifications for him to meet. For example, a business plan, market research, and also a professional website. When Bass Bus had approached Thurrock Enterprise, they had recommended Cleo’s Cat designs. We have now been working together for around 10 years. The quality of his websites have ticked the boxes of these grant providing bodies, as well as opened the door to sponsorship deals.
Bass Bus UK still liaises with a lot of these organisations. It’s important for Jason to know what the future plans are for the night life in Southend, or new businesses opening which would compliment his.
As said earlier; these groups and organisations can become your very powerful allies.