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We are a member of the North Essex Economic Board (NEEB), a partnership of local authorities in the area working together to drive economic growth. The partners are:

  • Braintree District Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Maldon District Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Uttlesford District Council

NEEB have committed funding to support Covid-19 recovery, and projects include programmes to boost apprenticeships and job fairs. In the longer term, NEEB is committed to promoting wider economic growth and investment across the area.

A series of fully-funded business support packages has now gone live, offering training and advice to firms in north Essex. They cover a whole range of topics, from building your start-up and finance to digital skills and import/export support. This help is available throughout this year.

You can visit Colbea for information such as:

  • start-up support
  • introduction to finance
  • import and export support
  • digital skills and marketing
  • transitioning to low carbon

You can also email them via, or call 01206 548833.

For support on finance and debt management, you can go to Let's Do Business.

For help navigating available business support (both funded by the North Essex Economic Board and on a range of other topics) visit BEST Growth Hub.

A number of programmes have been funded to help local residents improve their skills, helping them to find work or change career.

Shaw Trust 

The Shaw Trust works with residents recently unemployed or redundant due to Covid-19, to complete training and placements in businesses across key sectors. This will give them the new or updated skills to help them back into work. Key sectors include construction, health and social care, logistics and manufacturing, customer services and digital skills. 

You can find out more about getting a skills boost from Shaw Trust.

We Are Digital

This provides inclusion training aimed at those with little or no IT skills, teaching them computer literacy and how to connect with the online world. The programme also includes providing them with a tablet and data connection.

To find out more, call 0114 551 2551 or email for a referral.

Tech Talent

Certified courses in IT qualifications and apprenticeships from the Tech Talent Academy will upskill those with an existing basic knowledge of IT and support them into entry-level jobs within the industry. The programme will include software, data, cloud and cyber skills.

You can book an initial call with Tech Talent, where they'll also check if you have the right equipment. 

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Last updated: 24 November 2022