Business Support, Grants and Loans

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.


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. Working in partnership with Tendring District Council as part of the Tendring4Growth initiative, up to 3 fully-funded sessions with an accredited business support advisor at Colbea are available to Tendring businesses to start up or grow. 

For more information, visit the Colbea website

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 0300 303 4864 or email Alternatively, you can visit their website at

Backing Essex Business

The Backing Essex Business programme offers new and existing businesses up to 12 hours free business support. They can help you with business planning, funding, supply chain building, training and recruitment, and business evaluation.

Last updated on: 20/10/2022 - 11:00