About Us

The Essex Innovation Programme has been running for over 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

If you want to grow your company through innovation and have support needs, we will direct you to the right channels. This may include introducing you to experienced professional private sector support and networks.

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Established Businesses

Our team of private sector mentors have vast experience in working with, in & for large companies faced with growth aspirations & challenges & looking to drive innovation into their business....

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Early Stage Businesses

We are working with early stage businesses to help them to accelerate their growth, providing support and experience on a range of issues businesses face, once they have moved past start-up...

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Start-Ups

If you are a pre-start or start-up business please visit the BEST Growth Hub.

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Young Entrepreneurs

If you’re aged 16-30, live in Essex and have an innovative business idea requiring mentoring and financial support of up to £5,000, ask us about the Essex Young Entrepreneur's Network....

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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 International
Essex International

Helping companies and organisations to access the Chinese market.  Providing unique access through an exclusive 27-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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Essex Innovation Programme
Essex Innovation Programme

Helping you to grow your company through mentoring, guidance and partnerships we will ensure you are directed you to the right channels. This may include introducing you to experienced professional private sector support and networks.

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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 centres are located in Basildon, Clacton and Ongar.

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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 Putt
Danielle Putt

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.