Backed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Essex Growth Programme helps individuals establish new businesses and helps existing businesses to grow through an unrivalled package of business support.

What does the programme offer?

Free to apply for, the programme offers:

  • Confidential and impartial advice and support through a qualified team of business advisors
  • Guidance in formulating a solid business plan and financial forecasts
  • Discretionary capital grant-based support
  • Access to related programmes for further capital asset purchases and start-up costs


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“The grant money has helped our business purchase the very latest technology. The new machines are green and reduce the companies carbon footprint by up to 60%”. David Rasch, Director of Phoenix Photographic

Eligibility criteria

  • Start-up business or autonomous SME looking to grow through capital investment (excluding specific sectors benefiting from other subsidies such as agriculture, healthcare, education, fisheries, forestry etc)
  • Retail enterprises can receive support but are not eligible for the grant


What the grant can’t support

Paying-off debts or refinancing; purchasing stock, land or buildings; building maintenance or renewal; research and development costs, financial investments; salaries, travel, subsistence, training or accreditations; ongoing normal business costs (i.e. business rates, overheads etc.); costs associated meeting with a statutory or legislative requirement.

How to apply

Apply before the deadline by speaking to the Nwes team today.

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Interested in applying?

Speak to a member of the Nwes team today

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