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Successful Business Competition returns to Boost Essex Businesses

Small Businesses, Start-ups and Entrepreneurs in Essex are being given the chance to win up to £2,000 in prize money, support and training in a business competition funded by Essex County Council.

The Essex BIG Business Boost is returning for its second year and is now open for entries. The BIG Business Boost is a free business funded by Essex County Council through the Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) and ECC’s Employment and Skills Unit. The competition’s aim is to find and enable Essex’s exciting small businesses.

In 2015, the BIG Business Boost attracted more than 200 entries, and delivered tens of thousands of pounds of business support, training and cash prizes to small businesses across Essex.

The competition has a new format for 2016, as EIP team up with ECC’s Employment and Skills Unit to deliver four new awards, celebrating the diversity of entrepreneurship that exists in Essex, including the Disability Entrepreneur Award.

Five categories are open for applications, with every entrant winning support for their business or business idea, and each award winner taking home a prize worth £2,000 in cash and business support:

  • The Young Entrepreneur Award
  • The Women in Business Award
  • The Disability Entrepreneur Award (pre-start)
  • The Personal Triumph Award (nomination only)
  • The BIG Business Boost Award

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “The BIG Business Boost competition is an exciting way to uncover and celebrate the incredible talent Essex has to offer. All budding entrepreneurs and small businesses should enter the awards and help show that Essex Means Business!”

Bob Baggalley, Chief Executive of Colbea, who will again be administering the competition, said: “The BIG Business Boost was incredibly successful in 2015, supporting more than 200 local businesses and unearthing exciting entrepreneurial potential in Essex. Now with four new awards on offer, 2016 is set to be even bigger!”

The Essex Big Business Boost is free to enter online, with only a 300 word entry required, with the deadline for entries closing at midnight on 31 July 2016. For more information, eligibility details, and to enter the Essex Big Business Boost visit


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Media contact is Kate Everett 01473 326907 or 0781 8060893


Editor’s Notes:

“The Essex Innovation Programme works with established companies and small businesses to help them to develop, and take to market, innovative products and services.  Find out more at

Funded by the Essex Innovation Programme and ECC’s Employment and Skills Unit, and delivered by the region’s Business Support Agencies, the Essex BIG Business Boost will ensure the county’s most exciting business ideas, concepts and potential find the resources they need to help to develop into the successful businesses of tomorrow and help Essex continue its proud entrepreneurial tradition.



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