We see every day the challenges that businesses are facing and the impact that continued periods of uncertainty are having on the local economy. Cost of living pressures, supply chain disruption and labour shortages are just some of the key issues affecting businesses, their operations, and their ability to grow.

We will do all we can to support businesses through these unpredictable times.

We have created an Economic Renewal Plan and offer a wide-ranging package of support initiatives. We want to help revitalise businesses and position them to make the most of opportunities.

We have also formed a unique partnership with councils across North and Mid Essex to develop a business support and skills programme. You can read more about the North Essex Economic Board.

In addition, you can visit:

We have developed a business support booklet detailing the range of support that we can offer your business. 

You will receive a copy of the booklet with your business rate bill.

The plan draws on our 2020 business survey and a sets out a number of priorities that we are already working on.

The plan's key themes are:

  • business support
  • promotion of Chelmsford
  • skills

We have partnered with Visit Essex to give targeted support to businesses in the visitor economy. We know that the visitor economy has been particularly hard hit over recent times. So, we are keen to work with Visit Essex and businesses to provide support in this area.

With the free Visit Essex membership, you will be able to have your own entry on www.visitessex.com with online booking facilities. Visit Essex will also include your business in relevant marketing activities and campaigns.

In addition, you can enjoy:

  • access to free training courses
  • invitations to Visit Essex events
  • monthly member newsletters and industry updates
  • access to Visit Essex’s image library for you to use freely on your website to promote what Essex has to offer

To apply for this fantastic opportunity, you need to submit the Visit Essex membership application form.

You can download the Visit Essex’s Terms and Conditions for full details.

Following a successful collaboration in 2023, we are once again teaming up with local digital marketing experts, Better Agency.

Offering a wealth of opportunities for businesses of all sizes and stages, the Get Better in Chelmsford programme launches on 13 June 2024. You can benefit from a series of free in-person sessions will take place across six events, held at Patch Chelmsford.

Sessions include:

You can attend as many sessions as are relevant to your business. You need to register to confirm your place.


In addition, the Get Better in Chelmsford Podcast is back for season two with an 8-episode podcast series.

If you missed out on the first series, it’s not too late to catch up. You can listen to the original series.

12-Week Mentorship

The programme will also select a further eight businesses to take through a comprehensive 12-week initiative, which will see businesses receive personalised 1-2-1 support tailored to their specific needs.

We are working with MKR Solutions to support businesses to develop and carry out a decarbonisation plan. This will help businesses reduce their carbon footprint, increase productivity and make financial savings.

This programme gives 1-2-1 support and can help businesses from across all sectors. It focuses on the collective culture of continuous improvement to maintain and drive change in line with Net Zero goals.

To gain the most value from this programme, your businesses should be at least 18 months old.

Apply for Lean2Green support

We will assess applications individually and will notify you if you are successful.

We are working with Squarestar Digital to support Chelmsford businesses, so they can get the most out of paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram.

This training is specifically designed for businesses that currently use paid advertising on social media and that have a dedicated monthly budget for this.

The training will support businesses to use the best tools within the platforms to promote their business in a way that will generate the most benefit.

Apply for the training now

We will assess applications individually and will notify you if you are successful.

We recognise that businesses are worried about rising costs.

We have produced a summary of support and services which may be able to help you during this difficult time.

Energy bills

Ofgem offers advice to businesses who are worried about their energy bills.

Citizens Advice also provide advice for small businesses who can’t afford their energy bills.

Reduce energy costs

Reducing energy and fuel usage not only reduces your carbon footprint, but also helps the bottom line.

The Carbon Trust's calculator helps small and medium-sized businesses assess typical energy use in their sector and also has a range of other online tools to help businesses reduce their energy and consumption costs.

Finance, loans and debt management

The Recovery Loan Scheme helps small and medium sized businesses access loans and finance to aid their recovery.

The British Business Bank has free resources around debt management, cash flow, and understanding and managing debt. If you are struggling to pay your self-assessment tax bill, HMRC is offering instalments and payment plans.

Business Debtline is a charity that provides free and independent debt advice over the phone and online. It also provides a range of debt advice factsheets on topics ranging from business debts, debt solutions to dealing with creditors.

Recruitment support

Skills and recruitment are key issues for businesses, and we are aware that many businesses are struggling to fill vacancies in the current climate.

Find a job service is the government’s official job vacancy service, supporting employers to fill their vacancies.

The Essex Opportunities Portal offers employers a free service to recruit individuals with the necessary skills to start work immediately. This one stop shop also provides information and advice on jobs, careers, skills, and training.

The Essex Wellbeing Service supports Essex businesses via their Working Well Accreditation.

This consists of:

  • workplace health and wellbeing sessions
  • Mental Health First Aid training
  • the Working Well Accreditation, where organisations can be recognised for their commitment to staff health and wellbeing

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