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Business support

We are passionate about helping in the South East LEP area to start, grow and prosper.

We deliver business support throw our Growth Hub programme, a mechanism for integrating national and local business support so it is easier for businesses to access the help and advice they need to thrive and grow.

Local support

The South East LEP is vast, the biggest LEP area in the country outside London. To ensure a better resource and more responsive service we operate three local Growth Hubs:

East Sussex –

Essex –

Kent and Medway –

Are you starting a business?

The starting point for free advice and support in starting your business is the National Business Support Helpline. This helpline specialises in providing start up support, signposting you to relevant support and funding programmes. It has information on national and local schemes, grants and loans to help businesses start and grow.

And, if you need more in-depth advice, a team of specialist advisors can provide a more personalised service for complex business issues.

Business Support Helpline (England)
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

Are you an established and growing business?

Our local Growth Hub, see above, business navigators are there to help established businesses to access all the help and need to grow.

They have both the expertise and knowledge and links with partners and support providers to help you with:

  • Funding and finance
  • Business planning
  • Marketing
  • Exporting
  • Regulations and licencing
  • Business taxation and administration
Growth Hub terms of reference