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Essex Businesses are urged to take advatage of FREE specialist training and grant funding.

Available from SOUTH EAST BUSINESS BOOST these opportunities are available for a limited time only.


If you own or run a business in Essex, SEBB (South East Business Boost) are urging you to visit www.sebusinessboost.org.uk to find out more about this limited availability, government-backed scheme designed to support ambitious businesses looking to grow. If your business is eligible you can choose between two support options:



A Business Growth Grant


SEBB has a limited pot of grant funding available to support businesses in Essex to grow. Whether your particular business needs new equipment, IT software or just improved infrastructure and facilities, these grants could cover up to 30% of the cost, with funding available from £1,000 to £10,000.


If you’re interested in a Growth Grant, the first step you need to take is to check your eligibility, which can be done quickly and easily, using the link www.sebusinessboost.org.uk and follow instructions - if your business is eligible, the SEBB advisors will be in contact with you to help you progress your grant application before the window expires.


12 hours FREE Training to help you grow your business


This option has been designed to help businesses that need training, mentoring and support to grow, as well as businesses already in growth mode that need specialist assistance to move forwards in a sustainable way.


You will need to attend an initial FREE 30-minute online information session designed to evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on your business, and to see exactly how SEBB can help you. Spaces are limited and run every Wednesday at 9am – you can book online using the link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-east-business-boost-info-sessions-tickets-152368232485


Once you’ve completed your information session, SEBB’s team of industry experts will work with you to generate a tailored support plan that encompasses workshops, training and mentoring to give you the businesses tools required for growth. Some examples of the SEBB workshops include:


· Digital Marketing Strategy and content creation

· Getting your finances in order

· How to make the most of social media

· Business planning and Sales


South East Business Boost Marketing Officer, Darren Moss says, “The last 18-months has been tough for most businesses and many have had to adapt and change their priorities. At SEBB, we believe now more than ever, it’s essential for businesses to invest in skills training and/or infrastructure and capacity to thrive and grow in the future.” Darren continues “SEBB is here to help business across Essex, but the support is strictly available for a limited time, so we’re urging businesses to get in touch and see how we might be able to help them.”


DARREN MOSS AND BRIAN SMITH FROM CCE GROUP LTD- BENEFITTING FROM A £10K GRANT FROM SEBB


ROSITO ERO FROM ROSIE’S INTERIORS BENEFITTED FROM THE FREE 12 HOUR TRAINING PROGRAMME COURTESY OF SEBB


“There was not one workshop I couldn’t take something new away and use it to develop my business further. The trainers were very knowledgeable and made it so real to my business, using clear, understandable language to help me understand the jargon.” Rosie continues “The re-evaluating my business workshop really helped me to stop, take a step back and reflect on where my business is today, and where it should be and help me re-structure my business, so I would urge any business to get in touch with the SEBB team before the support runs out.” Said Rosita



ROOS COFFFE – BENEFITTED FROM A CASH INJECTION TO HELP TOWARDS NEW EQUIPMENT FOR THEIR BESPOKE COFFEE CART

Becca and her partner, Ali, are passionate about great coffee and were experienced commuters. They saw a gap in the market to provide the best quality speciality coffee for people on their way to work in London.


After success with their Chelmsford coffee cart, the pair wanted to expand. That’s when they found the SEBB website and applied for a grant.


But it was the day before the monthly grant review deadline! Fortunately they need not have worried. Ali and Becca found the process so easy they completed and submitted their paperwork by 12 noon on deadline day.


Their submission was approved and they received £2,482.48 – 30% of the £8,274 it cost to buy the equipment that creates a luxurious black oak and brass barista experience. They’ve now taken on 2 members of staff too!


The grant process was very straightforward, we got our quotations and submitted our application for review.


It was so helpful to us as a start-up because it is a big sum of money that was easy to acquire and gave us an almost immediate cash injection.


The ethos of help for the local economy also matched our own business ethics.