Organisations supporting business and growth

Growing Places Fund – open call for project proposals

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is seeking proposals for projects to drive economic growth and 'kick start' development at stalled sites. Expressions of interest must be received by Friday 1 November – go to SELEP: open call for projects.

BEST Growth Hub for businesses

The BEST Growth Hub helps businesses realise their growth potential. Essex businesses of all sizes, from innovative young enterprises to long-established firms, can get support from the hub.

Whether starting a new business, growing an existing business or finding funding for a new venture, the BEST Growth Hub team's of Business Navigators can help you. They can:

  • meet you at your premises to discuss your business needs and find ways that they can help your business grow
  • advise you about grants or loans
  • help you to expand the knowledge and expertise your business has
  • make sure you are kept up to date with the latest business support opportunities available in your area

The BEST Growth Hub website includes:

  • free business support listings
  • the opportunity to search for grants and finance in your area
  • an up-to-date list of events for business
  • news and current information
  • a procurement portal that help you to find contract opportunities

BEST Growth Hub services are fully funded for businesses located within Essex, so they won’t cost you a penny.

Go to BEST Growth Hub to register your details or to call a Business Navigator.