Starting a business is a big decision so making sure you have all the right information to hand and plans in place is vital to progressing your ideas. Whether you have a gem of an idea that you want to explore or have a draft business plan to be looked at there is help available.


The BEST Growth Hub aims to help your business to identify and realise its potential with free business support for growth. It provides a focal point for businesses that are looking to increase their competitiveness and grow, it offers a great choice of advice, training, networking and more, all tailored to your needs.

They can help you if you are starting a business, growing a business, financing a business or in employment and skills.

If you’re a business in Essex, Southend or Thurrock with an aspiration to grow and be more profitable – why dont you contact them!

To discuss any aspect of your business support, please contact the Business Navigator Team by calling 01702 417765


Guidance, hints and tips can be found via the below organisations. This will pay an important role in setting the direction for your business and a useful tool in applying for any funding.


The Goverment website will provide you with detailed information about how to write a business plan covering objectives, strategies, sales, marketing and financial forcasting. There is the also the opportunity to view examples on business plans along with a free business plan template.


The Business and IP Centre at the British Library aims at supporting businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries. They provide business support, advice and resources which includes advice on writing a business plan.


The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme can support entrepreneurs to set up a business whilst support growing businesses. The programme offers free training, mentoring and low interest loans. In addition they provide one to one support to help you write your business plan. 


This website is aimed at helping businesses to succeed by providing reliable information and resources that can save business owners time and money. They can provide you with checklists and advice on writing a business plan.


Startacus is a self start society. It is a community of startups, entrepreneurs, creatievs, dreamers, innovators and self starters - all sorts of people with ideas and businesses all doing their own thing. They provide information, support and inspiration to help make starting, sustaining or growing a business as easy as possible. 

Virgin Start Up

This is a not-for-profit Virgin company for entrepreneurs. They help businesses get funding, get a mentor so new businesses can get ahead. Their support provides help to entrepreneurs in various ways, which includes:  content and resources, business advice, mentoring, funding, offers and discounts.