Chelmsford City Council

Business support contacts

Business Support Helpline

You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice. 

You can call them on 0300 456 3565. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. 

Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea)

Colbea provide business advice, training and counselling to new and existing businesses. 

As part of their business offer, a business advisor can now conduct a virtual tour of your premises. They can help you think of ways to maximise your business, whilst keeping your customers and employees safe. 

To book a slot visit or call 01206 489351


BEST Growth Hub

The BEST Growth Hub offer a completely free and impartial service. Their business navigators are available for free discussions via phone or email. 

They will answer your questions and concerns, as well as point you in the right direction for external or government advice

Essex Chambers of Commerce

The Essex Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of support to local businesses. It’s webpages provide businesses with the latest information and guidance available in relation to coronavirus.


The Federation of Small Businesses

The FSB provides advice and guidance to small businesses on reducing the risks from coronavirus.

Backing Essex Business

Backing Essex Business provides SMEs with up to 12 hours of fully funded advice and guidance on key areas of focus for business owners including:

  • finance and risk
  • customers and marketing
  • supply chains
  • workplace operations
  • people

They can provide loans for business growth and start-ups. They also deliver recovery loans of up to £150,000 to support businesses through Covid-19.

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University offers a number of business support services. They are also offering organisations impacted by Covid-19 access to Innovation Vouchers and Internships.

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Last updated: 30 July 2021

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