I-Construct - Haven Gateway
About I-Construct

I-Construct helped SMEs grow by creating new opportunities in the construction and built environment sector. It offered 1:1 support including expert mentors and/or grant funding to small and medium-sized businesses in the construction sector and its supply chain.  In addition, the project created a network for businesses to come together with larger companies and organisations helping supply chains to develop through connections made by the businesses and by the Client Relationship Managers.  It also delivered a BREEAM Excellent (certification awaited) Innovation Hub in Braintree.  I-Construct was part funded by ERDF monies and managed by the Haven Gateway Partnership.  It drew on expertise and support from Braintree District Council, Colchester Institute, Daedalus and BRE.

Programme Results
  • 383 businesses supported through the diagnostic, grant and events programme.
  • 110 businesses benefited from a grant which saw digitalisation as a key outcome from the grant support.
  • At least 45 FTE new jobs were created and at least another 72 FTE jobs safeguarded.
  • Impacts from the evaluation included 64% of companies reporting an increase in revenue and robustness. 100% of companies who responded were satisified with the programme.
  • The evaluation calculated that for every £1 spent in delivering I-Construct, £18.75 was created.
Project Information
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  • Status: Completed
  • Date: February 28, 2023