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Starting a new business

If you live in Essex, have a strong business idea and would like help to develop it you should contact BEST (Business Essex, Southend & Thurrock).  BEST can help you develop your business idea, choose the right legal structure for your new enterprise and help you access funding and advice to help your business grow.  More information on BEST can be found at on this website.    

After reviewing the information online you think that starting a new business is for you then please email or call on 01702 417765.   If you live outside of the Essex area please contact the Business Support Hotline to find a Growth Hub in your local area on 0800 998 1098.

Southend is an excellent place to start your own business, it has a thriving small business sector with a collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial mindset.  There is a good deal of flexible office space on offer in and around the town centre suitable for new and growing concerns - The Hive offers truly flexible start up and move on space in the heart of Southend.  You can choose from hotdesking, permanent desks or serviced offices as your business grows as well as access to quality, professional meeting spaces.

More information about other services offices and flexible space can be found on this website