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Who are the BEST Growth Hub?

The BEST Growth Hub works in Essex, Southend and Thurrock to help new and existing businesses find the most suitable type of business support available in their area. Whether you are starting up, looking to grow, or are seeking to overcome challenges to your business, we can help. Our team are dedicated to helping you find the right support, access funding, and provide advice on all aspects of business growth.

The BEST Growth Hub is part of the national network of 38 Growth Hubs and is funded by the Department for Business Entergy and Industrial Strategy through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.  This partnership is the overarching business support programme which also supports Hubs in East Sussex and Kent & Medway.

What does the BEST Growth Hub offer?

Whatever your business size, stage, or industry the BEST Growth Hub can provide access to specialist and relevant business support free of charge. We have a team of knowledgeable experts that can show you which kinds of support your business could be eligible for.

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Contact us today on FREEPHONE 0300 303 4864 or email to speak to our Business Navigation team about your options.

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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.

The South East LEP area provides the gateway to the world, working hard with partners, businesses, communities and government to drive productivity and economic growth with key strands of activity including skills provision and business growth support.

The key focus for the LEP has been to develop a strategy that will secure investment in the South East working with local, regional and national partners to deliver impactful projects that secure a better future for communities in the South East.


The South East Business Hub can connect you with the services that match your business needs and help you make your mark in England’s most enterprising economy.

Through this portal you can access bespoke business support in your local area. Businesses in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock can find information, advice, and access to finance.

To find out more about how the Growth Hub can help develop your business, view our video and hear directly from businesses who have been supported on their journey: