How We
Can Help

The Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) is helping established companies to develop and exploit their creative and innovative commercial development ideas.

Introduction

We work with companies at various stages of their operation:

Start ups
Early stage businesses
Established businesses
Young entrepreneurs         

Stages of Business

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...

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Established

Our team of private sector mentors have vast experience in working with, in & for large companies faced with growth aspirations & challenges...

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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,...

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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.