Hiring for Growth: A FREE Employment Workshop & Networking Event for Sole Traders & SMEs


Date: Tuesday 14 January 2020
Time: 5:30pm-8pm
Venue: Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AY 

Organised by Brentwood Borough Council 

Whether you’re taking on your first employee or expanding your existing team, our panel of speakers will show you how to grow your company by making smart recruitment decisions, developing clear HR policies, and building in expert professional support.

In this interactive session with employment specialists you will learn the following key strategies:

  • RECRUITING - Create a robust recruitment process to attract the right candidates 

  • ONBOARDING - Produce a human resources programme that encourages productivity 

  • PROTECTING - Reduce the risk of disputes leading to legal action

Featured speakers:

The panel discussion will be hosted by Carmel Jane of Carmel Jane Talks Business.

There will be networking opportunities before, during and after the workshop.


Brentwood Borough Council
2019 Business Support Round Up


Brentwood Borough Council would like to thank our local businesses for engaging with us throughout 2019. 

The following events were delivered in Brentwood by the council and its partners this year: 

  • National Apprenticeship Week Pop-up Shop

  • 2019 Brentwood Business Briefing

  • 2019 Brentwood Business Showcase

  • Food Hygiene course

  • Managing Growth and Its Unintended Consequences workshop

  • Social Media for Business workshop

  • Smart Marketing workshop

  • SEO & Websites workshop

  • Podcasting & Vlogging for Business workshops

  • Brentwood Business Showcase exhibitor masterclass 

  • Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet workshop

  • Spruce Up the High Street campaigns

We have also shared information about business advice workshops and networking events offered by our partners across Essex.

We look forward to supporting your business in 2020 with a wide range of initiatives and activities!


TALE Action Events

TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) is open to SMEs with a logistics function including freight transport, manufacturing and distribution. TALE is hosting 11 free training sessions in spring 2020 for logistics companies based in Essex.  

For more information, click on the button below.

Business Support & Grants


More LoCASE Funding Released

For a limited time only LoCASE has funding available for businesses new to the project. If your business wants to save money on fuel bills, lower CO2 emissions, or already offer low carbon goods or services, contact the LoCASE team today on

EAFRD Growth Programme National Reserve Fund 


The Rural Payments Agency and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have launched the new EAFRD Growth Programme National Reserve Fund to run a new round of National Calls for Expressions of Interest. 

The new calls will be in the three themes of Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure. For this funding round of the Growth Programme, the threshold for minimum grants has come down from £35,000 to £20,000, meaning that more small or micro-businesses can be eligible for a grant for their projects. 

To find out if your business is eligible or for more information, please click the button below. 


Brentwood Chamber

Brentwood Chamber of Commerce has a range of upcoming business networking events organised throughout December and into 2020. From monthly business breakfasts to meet the members tours, there is plenty of opportunity to learn, network and grow your business:

*Chamber Christmas Luncheon (19 December)
*January Business Breakfast (10 January)
*Meet The Members hosted by Liquorice (21 January)

Please click below to find out more. 


BEST Growth Hub Business Events 

 December 2019 - January 2020 

BEST Growth Hub will be hosting free business workshops and events taking place across Essex in December and into 2020. Upcoming topics range from starting employment law, export procedures & documentation and video skills for social media. 

BEST Growth Hub also provides free one-to-one business advice to support you in reviewing your business and suggesting ideas for increasing productivity.

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Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY