Coronavirus (COVID-19)

See our dedicated coronavirus webpage for changes and updates to our services, how to get help in your community and support and advice for businesses.

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Skills for your Business

Skills for your Business

We want to ensure that District businesses have a workforce with the skill sets they need to grow and be competitive. We work closely with our local Further Education provider Colchester Institute’s College at Braintree, with The Essex Employment and Skills Board, and with the National Apprenticeship Service to help businesses to develop those skill sets.

BEST Growth Hub

The BEST Growth Hub aims to help your business to identify and realise its potential with free business support for growth in Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Find out what advice and support you can get to improve the skills in your business by visiting the Best Growth Hub website.

Essex Innovation programme 

The Essex Innovation Programme has been running for over 10 years. In that time they have worked with over 1000 companies helping them to start up, to grow and to introduce new products to market.


Find out what an apprentice can bring to your business and how they are funded by visiting our apprenticeships page.

Employing staff

The GOV.UK website can offer advice on employing staff for the first time.

HMRC - Starting Your Own Business E-learning Course

If you have got a lot of question about Income Tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses? The Starting your Business E-learning Course explains and guides you through everything you need to know to get started.