Business Support and Grants

The Economic Growth Team is the 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. 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 - Information and guidance for businesses on a broad range of business topics.
  • Skills development - Helping businesses to meet their skills and training needs.
  • Funding information - Access to a range of funding and finance options for local businesses.
  • Sign posting - To specialized business support agencies and partners.

To contact the team call 01702 215022 or email 

Covid-19 Business Support 

Please click here to find out about Southend's response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Redunancy Support 

The information on this page will help you as you think about the next phase of your career.

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Case Study

COVID19 hit majority of businesses hard. However there are busnesses that are meeting the crisis as a challenge and have been able to adapt to the new environment. 

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Southend Business Partnership

SBP is a network of over 1000 businesses across Southend. If you would like to be a part of the partnership, please click here


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BEST Growth Hub 

The BEST Growth Hub aims to help your business to identify and realise its potential with free business support.

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Covid-19 Southend Business News

Copies of the latest emails sent by the Economic Devleopment Team

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Southend BID

Formed in 2013, Southend BID is the Business Improvement District (BID) Company for Southend

Shop Local, Shop Southend-on-Sea Campaign

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About the campaign

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have launched the ‘Shop Local, Shop Southend-on-Sea’ campaign, to highlight and promote the wealth of excellent local businesses our shopping districts have to offer. The likes of Leigh Road, Leigh Broadway, Thorpe Bay Broadway, Southend Church Road, Hamlet Court Road in Westcliff, and of course the Southend Town Centre and the seafronts all serve the communities nearby with great convenience.

Business Support

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Social Enterprise & Responsible Organisation Partnership

Southend has a Social Enterprise and Responsible Business Partnership which acts as a conduit for raising the awareness of, providing support for, and sharing good practices of social enterprises operating in the borough.

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Your Creative Network

This network is a collaborative network between Southend Borough Council and Thurrock Council.

Public Health Responsibility Deal

Public Health Responsibility Deal

Southend’s Public Health Responsibility Deal asks local businesses/organisations to commit to actions centred on looking after the welfare of their staff. 

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Foward Motion

ForwardMotion is a new initiative to encourage people to think differently about the way they travel around south Essex.

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