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The South East Business Hub is here to help your business on the path to growth and prosperity.

South East Business Hub is provided by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – the business-led, public/private body established to drive economic growth across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

ExSE 2021

Powered by the BEST Growth Hub, ExSE 2021 is a free virtual festival celebrating Essex business.

Our three-day business festival is filled with exhibitors, masterclasses, panels, networking rooms, speakers, and more.

BEST’s Big Business Briefing

No matter what stage your business is at, pre-start to high growth, The BEST Growth Hub is passionate about making a difference to businesses, their teams, and the Essex economy. With so much available, our Big Business Briefing aims to help Essex businesses, fully understand the full range of support available to them.

Brexit Ready Podcast

What are the challenges facing small businesses in today’s tough economic landscape, and how have they overcome them?

The South East Business Hub has teamed up with the London Business Hub and Hertfordshire Growth Hub to bring the local business community the Brexit Ready Podcast.

Peer Networks Programme

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

Delivered locally by the BEST Growth Hub, we create diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues.

Coronavirus: Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Visit our dedicated, regularly updated page for information, advice and guidance for businesses and employers regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Events and Training

Event Finder


Use our Event Finder Tool to help find events across your local area and the South East.

Latest News

Chelmsford Additional Restriction grant update

Chelmsford City Council has now received confirmation that it will receive further funding for the Additional Restriction grant. If you applied for the Additional Restriction grant by Sunday 13th June 2021 and your business was eligible, they will pay for the period up to 26th April 2021. Read more

Help Essex Buy Local

Help Essex Buy Local provide a wider platform for local Essex businesses in the food and drink sector to promote their offer.  Find out more and register your food or drink business. Read more

Click it Local

Chelmsford City Council are supporting independent retailers through partnership with Click It Local. By providing an e-commerce platform, Click It Local encourages residents to shop local with independent retailers and receive deliveries of local products.  Further information can be found on the webpage. Read more

Latest News

Bounce Back Loans (BBLS)

Bounce Back Loans (BBLS) are available for SMEs that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses can apply for between £2,000 and £50,000 up to 25% of their total turnover to provide them with financial support. The loans are interest and fee-free for the first 12 months, with a 2.5% fixed annual interest […] Read more

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