Local Business Support
Based at the Harlow Enterprise Hub NWES provide free Business Support, training and networking. Online and in person business advice is available to pre-start-up and established businesses on a range of core business topics such as producing business plans, negotiating a lease and taking on staff. A variety of free training workshops are available on topics such as marketing strategies, bookkeeping and taxation and starting your own business.
Harlow District Chamber of Commerce
Being a member of the Harlow & District Chamber can help you achieve your businesses objectives, network and receive business support.
Arise Innovation Hub
The Arise Innovation Hub is designed for businesses in the health, performance and well-being sectors. Offering space and support from a dedicated team to help innovation thrive.
Harlow Council’s Economic Development team are on hand to provide support and advise. Whether you are a Harlow based business or looking to relocate to the town, please get in touch. The team can signpost to any available business support, assist with property searches and more.
Please contact the team via the email below.
Backing Essex Business
Business advice and business finance to grow your Essex business.
Fully funded by Essex County Council and delivered by Let’s Do Business Group, Backing Essex Business provides help for your business to grow, through advice, access to business finance and training.
They help small-to-medium-sized businesses to grow, providing 12 hours of free professional advice on finance, marketing, and recruitment.
They can also provide loans for business growth and start-ups, and recovery Loans up to £150k to support businesses in their recovery from COVID-19.
BEST Growth Hub
The BEST Growth Hub provides businesses in Essex with a single point of access to a wide range of local, regional and national support. Guiding and nurturing businesses – from start up to scale-up – their friendly and experienced team offer FREE and impartial signposting on funding and finance options, 1-2-1 business advice, skills and training and much more in order to help you find the right support for your business.
Essex Chamber of Commerce
The chamber is a dynamic network of Essex based businesses, bringing a voice to the common business challenges and opportunities. Focusing on community, social responsibility and sustainability.
Essex Working Well
Working with Essex businesses to provide free workplace health and wellbeing support. Includes meetings, guidance, training and workshops on a variety of workplace related topics including mental health, HR Support and much more.
Free programme for aspiring Creative Entrepreneurs which is open to any individual, pre-start or early-stage creative business from across Essex, looking for help to set-up and run a tech and/or digital business. In the 10-week programme, you will learn about everything it takes to set up and run a successful tech and/or digital business.
National Business Support
Help to Grow
There are over 5.5m businesses in the UK. If you are ready to join them, or looking to take the next step with your business, government can help.
Gain free advice and input on starting a business, growing a business and selling on an international market.
Help to Grow: Management Course
Next start date: 19th January 2024
The University of Leicester School of Business are hosting the free training sessions. Focusing on a variety of topics including strategy, innovation, digital transformation, new markets, branding, employee engagement and more.
Harlow based businesses can register for FREE.
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
The FSB help small business by providing support, expert advice, networking and industry services. Small business owners can access free resources and events, as well as paid for memberships.
UK Business Climate Hub
The government has launched the UK Business Climate Hub to provide green support for SMEs.
The hub offers resources and advice on cost-effective climate initiatives, carbon credits, business grants, sustainability training, waste reduction, and green suppliers. It also includes tools such as a free carbon calculator.
If you are aged 18-30 years old, living in the UK and have big ideas for business the Prince’s Trust could help. They provide tailored support to young adults looking to make their business dreams a reality. Gain free mentoring, training, support with funding, resources and more.
Innovate UK Funding
The Innovate UK website provides a free funding finder tool, allowing users to search, browse and apply for different forms of funding.
A variety of funding is available to support different businesses, projects and pilot schemes. Including scientific research, automotive technology, farming, computing and more.
Supporting young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 30 to launch their sustainable business ideas. Entrepreneurs can receive mentoring, access to workshops and funding of up to £5,000 to help grow green start-up businesses.
UnLtd Awards Funding
Do you have a social venture? Or perhaps looking to start up a social venture? Then you could be eligible for funding. If your business idea sits in between a commercial business and a charity, often described as profit for purpose then why not explore the UnLtd awards. Funding of up to £18,000 is available to help get started of grow.
Apply by the 31 Dec 2023.
Heat Pump Training Grant
Are you a heating engineer? or run a heating business?
If you’re a heating engineer, a sole trader, unemployed or employ less than 250 people you could receive a discount of up to £500 towards the cost of heat pump training. Plus additional support and advice when installing a heat pump for the first time.
EV Charging Point Grant
Grants for electric vehicle charging hardware are available to businesses and offer up to £350 off the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charge point, up to a total of 40 sockets.