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Free business support for firms in mid and north Essex goes live

A series of free business support packages, helping firms with topics such as finance, low carbon and digital skills, has gone live in mid and north Essex.

The programmes, funded by the North Essex Economic Board (NEEB) , are designed to help local small and medium-sized enterprises grow.

The NEEB is a partnership of Braintree, Maldon, Tendring and Uttlesford district, Colchester Borough, Chelmsford City and Essex County councils working together to drive forward economic growth.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, NEEB Chairman, encouraged businesses from across the area to access the support.

"If you own or run a small or medium-sized business in mid or North Essex then this support is here to help you," he said.

"There is a programme for everyone, whether you need help with finances, growing your business, or upping your digital skills - or even if you're looking for support we're not funding with the navigation offer.

"Firms like these are the cornerstone of our regional economy, which is why we are playing our part to help them."

The fully-funded support programmes on offer to businesses, provided by Colbea, Let's Do Business and BEST Growth Hub, are:

·       Business support navigation

·       First steps to start up success

·       Introduction to Finance

·       Low Carbon Support

·       Digital Skills and cyber security

·       Import/export advice

·       Finance and debt management

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Cllr Cunningham added: "This support, worth more than £600,000 in total, is fully-funded and will allow your business to grow - can you afford to not take this opportunity?"

NEEB is also funding other work, including a skills programme for local residents, which will launch in the next few weeks.

4 April 2022