January 2020


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.


BEST Growth Hub Show


Date: Thursday 27 February 2020

Time: 9:30am-2pm

Venue: Hylands House, London Road, Writtle CM2 8WQ

Come along and talk to the business support partners at the BEST Growth Hub. From non-payable grant funding, skills and apprenticeship advice, growing and up-scaling your business, there is something for everyone.

Over 50 exhibitors will be present on the day to share expertise and knowledge. Better still it’s a perfect opportunity to network and build your contacts. This unique FREE event will give your business and anyone else thinking about starting up or growing an opportunity to find out about the diverse services that are available, helping to strengthen BEST Growth Hub’s commitment to the Essex business community. 


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 business@thurrock.gov.uk.

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 in January. From monthly business breakfasts to meet the members tours, there is plenty of opportunity to learn, network and grow your business:

*January Business Breakfast (10 January)
*Training Workshop: How To Target, Engage & Sell Using Social Media (17 January)
*Meet The Members hosted by Liquorice (21 January)

Please click below to find out more. 


BEST Growth Hub Business Events 

January - February 2020 

BEST Growth Hub will be hosting free business workshops and events taking place across Essex in January. Upcoming topics range from how to start up a business, mental health in the workplace 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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