Essex Innovation
Programme

A no fee programme helping companies to develop and exploit their creative and innovative commercial development ideas.

About Us

The Essex Innovation Programme has been running for nearly 10 years. In that time we have worked with over 1000 companies helping them to start up, to grow and to introduce new products to market. 

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Helping Essex companies access over £2million in funding in the last 2 years

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Helped over 200 businesses to start up in the last 5 years

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Example: delivered efficiency savings of £350,000 per year

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Helped over 100 companies to increase their productivity

How We
Can Help

Providing companies with experienced professional private sector support and networks to help them to grow and commercialise their innovative ideas.

We work with Young Entrepreneurs through the Prince’s Trust programme, this programme does not have the same requirement for technical innovation. We commonly work with:

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Established Businesses

Our team of C-suite private sector mentors have vast experience in working with, in and for large companies faced with growth aspirations and challenges and looking to drive innovation into...

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Small Businesses

Small business forms the backbone of the UK economy. We are working with small businesses to help them to accelerate their growth.

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Start-Ups

EIP works with start-up and pre-start up companies who are looking to develop a product or service that contains an element of innovation.

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Young Entrepreneurs

If you’re aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and have a business idea, the Enterprise programme can help decide what's right for you.

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INVEST Essex
INVEST Essex

Helping businesses to establish a foothold in the UK and European markets. Promoting the opportunities of a location on the doorstep of London and Cambridge and with excellent links to Europe to companies in the UK, Europe and globally.

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Essex Enterprise Centres
Essex Enterprise Centres

Providing a flexible, stimulating and supportive business environment for companies, typically micro and small, looking to take their first steps into occupying premises. Our Enterprise centers are located in Basildon, Clacton and Ongar.

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Essex Innovation Programme
Essex Innovation Programme

A no fee programme helping companies, both early stage and established, to develop and exploit their creative and innovative commercial development ideas. Providing experienced professional private sector support and networks to businesses to grow and commercialise their innovative ideas.

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Essex International
Essex International

Helping companies and organisations to access the Chinese market.  Providing unique access through an exclusive 26-year relationship with the Jiangsu province in China.  Essex International have the right connections to help businesses to export, pursue partnerships, the right expertise and in market presence develop connections and partnerships and the right experience to help organisations increase their presence in the Chinese market.  

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Emma Wakeling
Emma Wakeling

Business Innovation Manager

07921 397050

Biography

Leading on the Essex Innovation Programme and developing new support mechanisms to enable Essex businesses to grow. Managing a team of experienced private sector business mentors who work closely with multi-sectoral established businesses and start-ups to embed innovative practices. Focusing on product (including intellectual property), process, organisational and marketing innovation. Developing key collaborative strategic partnerships with industry and academia.

Helen Quinnell
Helen Quinnell

Innovation Manager

07918 904941

Biography

I work with innovative SMEs across Essex providing a range of support to enable business growth through the Essex Innovation Programme. This includes business mentoring for start-ups, early stage and established companies, signposting to funding and finance, as well as arranging networks and events to provide opportunities for business collaboration.

Danielle Estlea
Danielle Estlea

Innovation & Sector Development Officer

07880 092887

Biography

I work within the Enterprise Team to support, coordinate and manage the delivery of a range of activities to deliver the above, including; providing businesses with access to first class innovation support, supporting and developing the delivery of vibrant sector networks, anticipating challenges affecting businesses' competitiveness and plans for growth, and developing and delivering specific and generic solutions .

Paul Martin
Paul Martin

Marketing Development Manager

+44 (0) 3330 136717

Biography

Experienced in business development and strategic marketing in investment and economic development fields. Developing and deploying marketing strategy, campaigns and materials across a set of products and services to enable various business segments and target audiences, with different requirements, to get the most out of doing business in the UK, close to London and Europe.