North Essex Economic Board

The North Essex Economic Board (NEEB) is a partnership of local authorities in the area working together to drive economic growth across the region.

North Essex Economic Board logo

The partners on the broad are:

  • Braintree District Council
  • Chelmsford City Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Maldon District Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Uttlesford District Council

The NEEB is committed to supporting businesses to help them recovery from Covid-19 and to promoting economic growth and investment in the area.

Visit NEEB website

Business support courses

The board has a series of fully-funded business support packages. These offer training and advice to business within North Essex on a whole range of topics from building your start-up and finance to digital skills and import/export support.

Start-up support

A comprehensive course for those starting up or developing a new business, taking you through the process of setting up and structuring your business.

Introduction to finance

Helping you to understand the fundamentals of finance and tax within your business.

Import and export support

Training for companies looking to start importing/exporting, or those already in the industry and would like to enhance their skills.

Digital skills and cyber security

Digital skills online sessions covering social media, project management, online sales, and your website.

Cyber security online session helping to protect you and your business from cyber threats and online fraud.

Transitioning to low carbon

Providing support for your businesses to become carbon neutral and reduce your impact on the environment.

Join a course

You  can find details of all the courses and how to sign up on the Colbea website.

For further information email or call 01206 548833.

Find business support

You can find help on how to get support for your business from the NEEB and other sources on the BEST Growth Hub website.

Skills support

The NEEB has funded a number of programmes to help local residents improve their skills, helping them to find work or change career.

Shaw Trust

The Shaw Trust is working with residents recently unemployed or redundant due to Covid-19 to complete training and placements in businesses across a number of key sectors.

This will give you the new or updated skills to help  you back into work. Key sectors include construction, health and social care, logistics and manufacturing, customer services and digital skills. You can find out more at find out more about the Shaw Trust courses on the Shaw Trust's Ixion website.

We Are Digital

Inclusion training aimed at those with little or no IT skills, teaching them computer literacy and how to connect with the online world. The programme also includes providing them with a tablet and data connection.

To find out more call 0114 551 2551 or email for a referral.

Tech Talent

Certified courses in IT qualifications and apprenticeships from the Tech Talent Academy will help to upskill you and support you into entry-level jobs within the industry. The programme includes software, data, cloud and cyber skills.

You can find out more about the latest Tech Talent courses on their Office 365 calendar page.

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