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£1.8 million pledged to business support scheme

Chelmsford companies will get support from a major business and skills programme in the coming months.

Seven local authorities have joined together help businesses recover from the impacts of Covid-19. The partnership, which includes Chelmsford City Council, covers North and Mid Essex and £1.8 million has already been pledged.

Support is based on feedback from businesses

The scheme aims to help businesses by directing support where firms say they need it most and the programme is being designed using feedback from business surveys carried out in the second half of 2020. This money will provide businesses with the much needed support that is required as we emerge from nationally-imposed restrictions.

Areas included in the scheme

  • Chelmsford City Council
  • Braintree District Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Maldon District Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Uttlesford District Council
The River Flows Through Chelmsford City Centre
Above: Chelmsford city centre

Other help is still available

This programme isn’t the only way businesses can get help. A year into the pandemic, Chelmsford City Council has now distributed £52 million in government grants to local businesses. Help is still available for eligible businesses and the council is urging local firms to keep in touch.

Alongside grants, Best Growth HubColbea and Back to Business Essex are also on hand to help. These organisations are providing Essex businesses with a range of services, including 12 hours of fully-funded advice.

Chelmsford City Council has also produced a business support leaflet which brings all this information together in one place. Go to Business advice, support and news to get your copy to find out more.

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Julie Weight
Julie Weight

Julie writes stories and creates videos for Chelmsford City Council. Contact her at julie.weight@chelmsford.gov.uk or on 01245 606984.