Essex County Council Helps Young Entrepreneurs Reach Success

Essex County Council Helps Young Entrepreneurs Reach Success


The 19 year-old entrepreneur who is ‘fit’ for success

Young entrepreneur, Scott Leman originally approached Essex County Council as a young 19 year-old with an innovative idea and heaps of passion. His goal was to open a new gym within Braintree which could offer its members a unique one-to-one experience every time. Scott’s drive and focus was noticed by ECC and granted him the opportunity to receive funding which helped to launch his new business into action.

“Essex County Council saw the potential in my business prospect, to which the banks never did. For that, I’m forever grateful.” - Mr Scott Leman

Now with his newly launched second gym premises, Scott continues to grow his business.

Access to Funding

The funding which Scott received enabled him to purchase new gym equipment for his members. This funding provided Scott with the capital he needed to ensure he was comfortable starting up his business. ECC’s additional support helped Scott to really enjoy his new venture as he believes the grant gave him “cushion” which “reduced stress.”

The long term effect of this funding is evident in the current position of the business. Leman’s Fitness now operates two successful gyms within Braintree which support six employees’ monthly wages. The support which Scott received allowed his ideas and dreams to be transformed into a reality. Scott describes the business plans, meetings and panels of people probing his idea as “so worthwhile”.

Applicants Invited To Apply

If you are aged between 16-30 years old from Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock) with an innovative idea for your new business then you could get involved. We need you to show commitment, passion and a drive to succeed for a chance to be awarded a place on our programme. You can benefit from our mentoring, business advice and finance scheme which could offer you various options such as grants, loans and investor capital from £500-£5,000. These funds could help you to launch your new innovative venture.

The Essex Young Entrepreneurs Network (EYEN) provides young entrepreneurs, with an opportunity to launch their own innovative business. EYEN offers an alternative to the direct employment route by inspiring young individuals to use their talents for enterprise.

If Scott’s story has inspired you to pursue your innovative idea then apply to EYEN today.

How to Apply

Applying to be a part of EYEN couldn’t be easier. All you will need to do is submit an expression of interest in digital video format. Your spoken application form will then be reviewed by a panel of business experts and peers who will then decide the next steps for you. These next steps may include further support if your application is unsuccessful or a training workshop to prepare you for the next stage if your application is successful.

More details on the application process can be found at

Or you can email us at

Danielle Putt
Danielle Putt

Innovation & Sector Development Officer

07880 092887


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.