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IoD Essex - Funding & Grants for Essex Businesses - learn what's available and your eligibility

17 May 2018
Colchester Stadium, Colchester

Whether your business is established and looking for an injection of cash, or you are a start up and hoping to get additional support, when looking to fund a proposed plan or idea for your business it is helpful to know what grant schemes are currently available and suitable for you.

However, knowing where to access funding isn’t always easy. This event organised by IoD Essex brings together a large number of the organisations with hundreds of thousands in pounds of grants to award, with the business leaders in Essex who may be eligible for these grants without even knowing they exist. Simply register for our event to join us and talk directly to organisations with the funding and grants available to help your business develop.

Please note, that whilst we are still able to take bookings to attend this event, as the deadline for ordering catering has now passed we will not be able to provide breakfast for any additional bookings. 

Key details

Date & time: 17 May 2018 07:30 - 10:00
Location: Colchester Stadium, Colchester
CPD Hours:

Prices from

10.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
10.00 GBP + VAT - Member Guest Price
15.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price

Event manager:
Mr John Granneman
Contact phone:
Contact email:


Exhibitors include;

Offering Innovation Vouchers up to the value of £5,000 (excluding VAT) which SME’s can use to pay for academic or student time – giving you access to tailored support. Innovation Vouchers are available for projects that access University expertise and should result in innovation that will help stimulate business growth or unlock new opportunities.

KEEP+ is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme, which opened on 1st January 2017, to support SMEs to access knowledge and expertise through collaboration with the University sector. KEEP+ will provide your business with flexible opportunities for innovation, with a focus on developing new products or services, increasing profitability, reducing costs, providing opportunities to collaborate and accessing graduate talent.

SEBB is available to support businesses in the SELEP region to grow. Its focus is on SME’s and start-up companies.  The objective is to boost companies and increase employment through support, guidance and grants. The project will improve business resilience, profitability and competitiveness. The programme will provide ‘growth grants’ to local businesses, creating new jobs and ‘new to the firm’ products. It will also support ‘pre-start’ companies and ‘start-up’ companies.

Get Exporting 2 is a tailored programme of advice and assistance, both financial and 1-2-1, to enable companies to begin selling overseas or to expand internationally.
It is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which enables us to provide services additional to our normal operations with grants of up to £3,000.

The grants scheme is designed to support investment in capitalisable assets to stimulate growth, efficiency and, ideally, job creation. The grants are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), fulfilled by the Essex Growth Programme and delivered by Deyton Bell.

With new changes in apprenticeship funding with the 
introduction of the levy in May 2017, our team will be on hand at this event to guide you through the funding and grants available to businesses to support in taking on a new apprentice or to up-skill existing staff.

The LoCASE project (Low Carbon Across the South East) will provide grant funding and business support to over 1,000 SMEs, and support businesses developing new Low Carbon products and services. Grant funding of up to £10k can be awarded to your organisation. The aim is to improve your energy efficiency and save you money and also assist in developing products and services to the market faster.

Nwes is the largest enterprise agency in the country and offers business support to start-up and growing SMEs.  Services include 1-to-1 advice, business skills workshops, access to finance, competitively priced work-space solutions, events and networking.

SCORE is a £6million grant fund supporting SMEs that are developing new technologies. Grants are available for up to 40% of eligible costs or £50,000, whichever is the lower, with a minimum grant of £2,500. We can put you in touch with engineers, researchers and specialists in business growth technology accelerations and product commercialisation from our partners at Nwes, Nautilus Associates and the ORE Catapult.

General advice regarding grants available for your business.

The Enterprise Europe Network is a fully funded service that provides tailored support for SMEs looking to grow their business. The support ranges from developing your innovations, applying for and deciding which funding streams will best benefit your organisation, accessing new markets to finding tried and tested international partners. 


Notice is hereby given that the Annual Members Meeting of the IoD Essex branch will be held immediately after the event at Colchester Stadium, United Way, Colchester
CO4 5UP on 17th May. All IoD Members are welcome to attend. Please contact John Granneman on for further information regarding AMM proceedings.


Prices from

10.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
10.00 GBP + VAT - Member Guest Price
15.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price

  • Colchester Stadium
  • United Way
  • Colchester
  • CO4 5UP

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