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Business Support and Grants

The Economic Growth 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. 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 specialised business support agencies and partners

To contact the team call 01702 215022 or email 

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Southend Buisness Partnership

The Southend Business Partnership is a network of over 1500 businesses across Southend. The Partnership brings together businesses from all sectors, sizes and backgrounds to share best practice, contacts, knowledge and news.

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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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Southend BID

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



The Town-centre Redevelopment Improvement Project is an application for DfT funding via the National Productivity Investment Fund to deliver £2.5 million of investment to key town centre locations

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. Our team looks after the implementation of these actions, there’s no leg work to do your end.

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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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Social Enteprise & 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.

Your creative network

Your Creative Network

The Network was established in September 2014, as a collaborative effort between Southend on Sea Borough Council and Thurrock Council, to provide a platform for individuals from the arts, creative and cultural sectors (including young people where appropriate) interested in sharing and growing across Southend, Thurrock and beyond.

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Southend Best Festive Business Competition 2019

Businesses across the Southend-on-sea borough are celebrating Christmas and we would like you to register your busines for inclusion in our Best Festive Business Competition, and/or to help judge the best festive businesses. Voting is open on 16 November 2019 on our Facebook page so get decorating. 

Approved council contacts

Approved Council Contracts 19/20

List of approved council contacts for 2019/2020. Please email any queries to our Procurement Team