Tendring SME Growth Fund
The Tendring SME Growth Fund is a scheme designed to create/safeguard employment across Tendring by providing grants to SMEs (small to medium enterprises) located in or relocating to the area. Businesses from any sector except retail can apply for grants between £3,000 and £150,000, to be matched 50:50 with their own investment, for a range of projects for example the purchase of machinery, expansion of premises or revenue costs such as staff training or product testing.
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.
- Tendring Open4Business- links to the search facility for business funding opportunities
- Tendring Open4Community- links to the service for community/charity funding opportunities
The service is very user-friendly but if you do have any questions, please email email@example.com for support from Tendring District Council's Funding Officer.
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 GOV.uk website has information on Grants and Government Support.
Foundation East Business Loans
Foundation East provides finance and support to small businesses and social enterprises that have workable business plans but can't get a bank loan or need additional funds to match bank lending.
For further details on Foundation East visit their website at www.foundationeast.org.
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 info@BESTGrowthHub.org.uk.
LoCASE (Low Carbon Across the South East) is a scheme which can provide grants of up to £10,000 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
Established in 1982, NWES provides total business support from managed workspace, training and loans of up to £25,000 to support expanding enterprise.
For further information on their services, visit the NWES website