The Economic Development Team is Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s first point of contact for businesses, from the smallest through to the very largest. We offer a range of expertise and advice to support local businesses. We work closely with a number of local support providers and can put you in touch with just the right person to help your business succeed.

Please contact the team for help and advice in the following areas:

• Business start-up support - Information and guidance for those seeking to set-up a business in Southend.
• Business support - Guidance and information for businesses on a broad range of business topics.

• Skills development - Helping businesses to meet their skills and training needs.

• Statistical information - The key trends for business and economic development in Southend

• Funding information - Access to a range of funding and finance options for local businesses

• Sign posting - To specialised business support agencies and partners

• Liaising with the Council - Help and information on Council services including Planning and Regulatory Services

• Any other information you require - we have a large network of providers and referers available to help

For a quick guide to business support in Southend download our business support audit.

To contact the team call 01702 215022 or email

THE BEST GROWTH HUB is the business growth hub for businesses in Essex, Southend and Thurrock. It contains information, resources and advice for your business on a range of topics, including: finance, grants, skills, workforce development, premises, news, events and a local procurement platform.

The BEST Growth Hub Team, based at the Hive Enterprise Centre in Central Southend, can be contacted on 01702 417765 or