Support for SMEs


The SME sector (businesses employing less than 250 staff) form the vast majority of businesses in the Haven Gateway area as indeed they do across most of Essex and the country.

In the current tough economic environment, SMEs, and particularly the micro businesses which employ less than 10 staff need all the help they can get. For this reason, the Haven Gateway Partnership is a key advocate and supporter of SMEs.

Financing Your Business Growth Conference

The Haven Gateway Partnership, in collaboration with the BEST Growth Hub, is organising a half-day conference 'Financing Your Business Growth' aimed at SMEs who want to find out about the range of funding sources available.  Click here for more information.

In addition, it works with partners who offer a variety of support and assistance to SMEs, including; Essex County Council; the University of Essex; the Essex Chambers of Commerce, the BEST Growth Hub and local enterprise agencies (Colchester Business Enterprise Agency - COLBEA, Ignite - the Braintree Agency, and the Tendring Enterprise Agency).

For further details of support offered by these partners, please see their websites: