Angels@Essex is an invitation-only investment platform that links angel investors to entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, allowing new disruptive technologies to flourish. The platform is supported by our team of experts, who work with investors and entrepreneurs to ensure that both parties are ready for the exciting journey ahead.
We are bringing you a fully funded programme of support for entrepreneurs and investors. Whether you are fine-tuning your USP, perfecting your pitch, or gearing up to make an investment – our team of experts is here to help.
Anglia Capital Group is a business angel network focused on providing equity investment to fast growth, ambitious early stage companies across the Eastern region. Amounts of investment range from £50k to £500k. Since 2015, together with our partners. we have invested nearly £6 million into 35 companies. We also welcome new Angel investor members who are interested in joining our network. All activities are conducted via online screening and pitching events.
KEEP+ is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported programme, launched in 2017, to support SMEs to access knowledge and expertise through collaboration with the University sector. KEEP+ offers 50% match-funding to provide eligible SMEs 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.
The SEBB 12 hour Business Support Programme* is FREE and currently available across the Local Authority Areas of Southend, Essex & Thurrock Essex to eligible SMEs who are looking for training/advice/mentoring to grow. This could be via adapting your business to COVID-19 challenges, by providing new services or products, increasing productivity, managing growth, increasing employment, reviewing processes or receiving training/guidance
on specific topics. *Businesses are expected to complete the full 12 hours’ support programme which comprises a 3 hour online diagnostic/information session, followed by a flexible 9 hour package of online interactive live workshops delivered by industry experts and, if required, 121 bespoke advice/mentoring by experienced business mentors.
The Best Growth Hub is a gateway to a range of subsidised advice, events, business services, programmes, funding, finance, and case studies. Our evolving portfolio of services is accessed by thousands of SME’s per year. ‘It Is incredibly rewarding to help with business support in our Essex County’. (Business Navigator Team).
Let’s Do Business Finance is part of Let’s Do Business Group and specialises in providing business finance through Business Loans, Start-Up Loans and COVID-19 financial support through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). We are an official delivery partner of The Start-Up Loans Company and an accredited delivery partner of the British Business Bank, a member of Responsible Finance and are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Innovate UK EDGE can support to help your company manage innovation in your business more effectively, develop your innovation processes and bring products or services to market successfully, in order to maximise your growth potential. As part of the UK’s innovation agency, they are a key player in the national and international innovation ecosystem. Our specialists can help you to access the right resources and find you the right expertise to make growth-enhancing innovation happen.
The Manufacturing Growth programme is tailored for SME manufacturers. Manufacturers can utilise the leading diagnostic tool specifically designed to help benchmark your business against internal aspiration, goals and challenges. A 33% grant is available for eligible Essex SMEs who are in the position to or are planning to carry out an improvement project.
British Business Bank is the UK’s economic development bank. Our mission is to help drive economic growth by making finance markets work better for small businesses – wherever they are in the UK and wherever they are on their business journey – enabling them to prosper and grow.
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a partnership for growth between business, government and education. As part of SELEP’s focus to support businesses and skills in 2021, the LEP is making available £4.4m for new COVID-19 Recovery Funds. The procurement process to identify organisations to deliver these is now underway. Some of the programmes and grants we aim to deliver are: supporting pre-starts and start-ups, digitising business, supporting retail and e-commerce and supporting the visitor economy.
Colbea is a non-profit business support and enterprise agency designed to help new businesses get off the ground and support existing businesses to develop. Available across Essex, Colbea offers fully-funded business advice, training, incubation workspace and virtual offices.
Anglia Ruskin offers a range of business support services to help you and your organisation prosper. From consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to professional development and funding opportunities, we’re here to help you access the best in graduate talent, academic expertise and research.
New Anglia Growth Hub provides free advice and support through our team of friendly advisers. We can talk to you about your business, your aims and any issues you're facing and create an action plan to help you reach your goals. And if we're not the expert you need, we can fast-track you to the right support. The Growth Hub's service is free and impartial and can help you with grants, upskilling and more, as well as access to specialist programmes including Peer Networks and Scale Up New Anglia.