Reduced Services

Accessing Council Services:  

  • You can access advice, or support with using our online services, by phoning 01268 882200 (8.45am to 5.15pm Mon to Thurs, and to 4.45pm on Fri)
  • The Kiln Road office will re-open for pre-booked appointments only (9.00am to 4.00pm), these can be arranged on a case by case basis by phoning 01268 882200.
  • You can find information and advice on COVID-19 and our 24/7 online services on our  Coronavirus information page

Business Support & Resources

 

Are you aware of Business Support & Resources available?

HM Government Logo

All coronavirus business support information on GOV.UK. Contact the Government business support helpline

 

Tel: 0300 456 3565
www.gov.uk

www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support

BEST for Business Solutions Logo

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

 

Tel: 0300 303 4864
www.bestgrowthhub.org.uk

Back to Business Logo

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
www.backtobusinessessex.co.uk

Tel: 0844 415 2272
www.letsdobusinessgroup.co.uk

 

Local Government support:

Essex County Council Logo

Coronavirus is set to have unprecedented impacts on businesses in Essex, nationally and globally. It is likely that there will be significant disruption in the coming weeks and months. We are working with partners to do everything we can to support our people and business in Essex.

 

Tel: 0345 743 0430
www.essex.gov.uk


www.essex.gov.uk/news/supporting-businesses-in-essex-through-coronavirus

Castle Point Borough Council Logo

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice. Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page.

 

Tel: 01268 882200
www.castlepoint.gov.uk

 

 

Other organisations offering general business support:

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Logo

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
www.fsb.org.uk

NWES logo

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

 

Tel: 01603 227840
www.nwes.org.uk

Colbea logo

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
www.colbea.co.uk

www.colbea.co.uk/business-advice-coronavirus

Essex Chambers of Commerce logo

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
www.essexchambers.co.uk

Enterprise Nation logo

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
www.enterprisenation.com

 

Specific Support Schemes and Projects:

Kickstart Scheme Logo

The Kickstart scheme is helping young people at risk of long-term unemployment get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create six-month job placements.

 

www.gov.uk/kickstart

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership Logo

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a genuine partnership for growth between business, government and education. We put the role of enterprise – as the driving motor of the economy – at the heart of everything we do; and we work in partnership with central government and its key agencies to pursue and attract major investment into the South East to deliver significant economic growth.

 

Tel: 03330 322946
www.southeastlep.com

LOCASE Low Carbon Across the South East Logo   

The Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme in the South East. Its aim is to help businesses become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions.

 

www.locase.co.uk

Super fast Essex Logo

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.

 

www.superfastessex.org

www.superfastessex.org/maps

Economic Growth Solutions Logo

Small to Medium-sized (SME) manufacturers across England have been given a £6.5m funding boost to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and address key barriers to growth. A 33% Grant for eligible Essex SMEs who are in the position to or are planning to carry out an improvement project.

 

www.manufacturinggrowthprogramme.co.uk 

If you would like more information in relation to this grant, please email Sarah.Goodwin@egs.live

South East Business Boost Logo

The South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme provides free business support to start-ups and SMEs within the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area, covering East Sussex, Essex, Kent and Medway. Offering a tailored mix of practical advice, grant funding options, coaching and workshops, we work with new and established businesses to help them realise their growth goals.

 

Tel: 01702 215368
www.sebusinessboost.org.uk

SECTA Construction Academies logo

SECTA supports training and recruitment into the construction industry and its supply chain.  The fully funded programme covers Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend and Thurrock.  So far SECTA has supported 750 people with training and over 300 into employment in construction. 

Training includes Health and Safety for CSCS cards, basic trade courses, and specialist courses, e.g. asbestos awareness, working at heights, demolition, plant, etc. However, SECTA is able to adapt its training to business skills and recruitment needs.

 

Get in touch with Hyla Grimwade, Project Manager, to find out more. 
Email: hylagrimwade@southeng.gov.uk

or via the website:
www.sectatraining.co.uk/partner-with-secta

gotrain logo

Go Train is a successful, fast growing training provider with an excellent reputation for high quality training and development programmes.

 

Tel: 020 8142 4360
www.go-train.co.uk

The Air League Soaring to Success Logo

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:
david.nagle@airleague.co.uk

Working Well logos

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 Logo

 

www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk/workplace

i-Construct logo

I-Construct helps SMEs grow by opening up new opportunities in the construction and built environment sector.

 

Tel: 01206 764778
www.haven-gateway.org/projects/i-construct

Innovation Centre logo

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

 

Tel: 01206 405 500
www.innovationcentre-kg.co.uk

Small Business Commissioner logo

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
www.smallbusinesscommisioner.gov.uk