Business Growth Grant

Find out how you can apply for capital grants of between £1,000 and £10,000.

South East Business Boost logoFrom Monday 15 June the South East Business Boost (SEEB) Growth Grant scheme is open for applications from small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) or start-ups based in Essex, Kent, and East Sussex. You can apply for a grant to fund up to 30% of the total cost of purchasing a wide range of capital items related to increasing sales, improving productivity and boosting profitability.
 

From new equipment and machinery to new technology and processes, this grant can fund eligible goods or services from £1,000 up to a maximum of £10,000.
 

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a SEBB grant, your business must:
 

  • Be a small to medium sized business (with under 250 staff and turn over under €50m)
  • Be spending on a project/purchase that has a long term growth impact on the business (not day-to-day running costs
  • Have their grant application approved, and the approval date confirmed, before starting the project
     

The following sectors are not eligible for SEBB funding:
 

  • Fishery and aquaculture sectors
  • Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
  • The coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors
  • The synthetic fibres sector
  • Generalised education establishments
  • Banking and insurance companies
  • Charities and voluntary sector organisations, that are not using a trading arm
  • Membership organisations that are politically affiliated


Even if you think you may be ineligible for support via the SEBB programme, please contact your local Growth Hub to find out more about other support available for your business.
 

How to apply

If you would like more information in relation to this Growth Grant, please email essexsebb@southend.gov.uk stating:
 

  • Your name
  • Business name and address
  • Confirmation that your business is registered or that you can provide trading evidence (for sole traders this would be business bank account details/HMRC number)
  • Phone number
  • Confirmation that you have not received any support previously via the SEBB programme