Business Support, Grants and Loans

IDOX Grant Search

The Council is subscribed to the grantfinder service through IDOX, which allows the public in Tendring to search through thousands of available grants or loans on behalf of businesses and community groups. By registering an account (free of charge), you will be able to filter the results to find out what types of funding may be available for your organisation.

The service is very user-friendly but if you do have any questions, please email for support from Tendring District Council's Funding Officer.

Government Support

There are a range of business allowances and tax incentives which businesses may be able to take advantage of. For up to date information the website has information on Grants and Government Support.

BEST Growth Hub

BEST Growth Hub is a business support service operating across Essex, Southend and Thurrock which can provide advice free of charge on starting or growing your business with an assigned Business Navigator to guide you, as well as a varied calendar of events which often includes training, workshops and drop in business surgeries. Furthermore, they collect details of funding opportunities for business and can work with you to choose and apply for appropriate support.

To contact BEST Growth Hub, please telephone 01702 417765 or email Alternatively, you can visit their website at


LoCASE (Low Carbon Across the South East) is a scheme which can provide grants to businesses to support initiatives to reduce carbon emissions with individual businesses, for example the installation of energy efficient equipment. Further business support is also available for businesses working in the low carbon products/services industry across the South East.

To find out more about this opportunity, visit the LoCASE website


Colbea (Colchester Business Enterprise Agency) supports businesses in Colchester and the surrounding areas, delivering around 1000 training events and advice sessions per year. Join their networking groups, access managed workspace and virtual office solutions as well as free business advice as well as tailored opportunities for women in business.

For more information, visit the Colbea website

Last updated on: 22/01/2020 - 14:30