Business Support & Resources

Castle Point Business Accelerator Programme

Castle Point Business Accelerator logo

Are you ready to elevate your business to new heights? The Castle Point Business Aceleraotor was launched in January 2024, and has been designed to help businesses in the borough to start, grow and reach their full potential. Delivered by specialist Deyton Bell Ltd this fully funded business support programme provides tailored support for those just starting out or businesses who are established but would like help to grow. It includes dedicated 1-1 advice and mentoring, advice around meeting regulatory requirements, peer networking, workshops and more.

See more about the programme.



Start a business

What you need to do to start a business: choose a legal structure, see if you need licences and insurance, learn about reliefs and benefits
National business support helpline
Help to Grow programme


Local government support

Castle Point Borough Council 

We have a number of business services to support businesses 

01268 882492

Essex County Council


Further business support and resources

The BEST Growth Hub

Access bespoke business support in your local area: grant funding, business skills workshops, specialist advice, alternative funding options, apprenticeships and more.

Backing Business Essex delivered by Let's Do Business Group

Fully funded by Essex County Council and delivered by Let’s Do Business Group, Back to Business Essex is here to support business development during COVID-19 and beyond with up to 12 hours free business support.

Tel: 0800 970 8981                                                                                                                                                                       

Tel: 0844 415 2272


Bidding for contracts
Register on the Government’s Contracts Finder portal, to search for information and contract opportunities for contracts over £12,000  
For Essex County Council contract opportunities   


British Business Bank 


Skills for business
Essex Apprenticeship Hub- support to help your organisation take on an apprentice     
Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service


Creative and cultural
Create South East


Developing a new product or service
Funding is available for innovative businesses, through the Governments Innovate UK
Knowledge Transfer Partnership


Social enterprise or charity
School for Social Entrepreneurs


Other business support

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) are experts in business, offering their members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Their aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Tel: 0808 20 20 888


NWES provides independent, confidential, impartial business advice and training, access to finance and business premises.

Tel: 01603 227840


Colchester Business Enterprise Agency have been offering advice and training to businesses in Colchester for 37 years and they are now extending these services to other â€‹parts of Essex.

Initially it will be in the form of fully funded, one hour, One to One business advice sessions online, where a fully qualified business adviser will be able to answer your questions.

Tel: 01206 548833

Essex Chamber of Commerce

Essex Chambers of Commerce, the home of business right across the county helping businesses from SME’s through to national and international companies to succeed.  Focusing on three essentials to help your business grow:- International Trade, Business Support and Campaigning.

Tel: 01702 560 100

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers that exist to shortcut your route to trusted business support.

Tel: 020 3871 2922


Specific schemes and projects

Superfast Essex

Superfast Essex is a broadband improvement programme run by Essex County Council. Ensure you and your employees have the best speeds available and check @SuperfastEssex’s interactive map to find the broadband status for your address.

The Air League

South Essex local authorities and The Voluntary Sector are delighted to be working with The Air League Charity to offer young people aged 14-18 years old the opportunity to take part in the Soaring to Success South Essex Project. This project aims to inform and inspire the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals and is particularly focused on engaging with those from disadvantaged backgrounds who may not otherwise consider this sector as accessible. This project is being funded by The Department for Transport and we are keen to engage with local businesses in the aviation and aerospace sector.

Tel: 020 7766 3458
Email: David Nagle, Director of Development at The Air League:

Working Well

Working Well is commissioned by Essex County Council and offers small, medium and large organisations holistic health and wellbeing support.  The programme has been relaunched in July 2020 to support your business during COVID and the EU transition. Our Working Well programme includes free and discounted online training, and you can choose the offer that best suits your organisation’s needs.

This service is commissioned by Essex County Council

Innovation Centre

Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway is the bold new office space for innovative and technology-focussed business.

Tel: 01206 405 500

Small Business Commissioner

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) is an independent public body appointed by the government under the Enterprise Act 2016 to tackle late payment and poor payment practice in the private sector of the UK.  The SBC can assist small businesses by checking contracts and providing advice on getting invoices right. The SBC operates a complaints scheme where small businesses can present their complaints in writing about payment issues they are experiencing with larger businesses. We are an impartial and free service.

Tel: 0121 695 7700