The Essex BIG Business Boost
Open 1st May - 31st July 2016

Welcome to the Essex BIG Business Boost

The Big Business Boost is the FREE business competition celebrating innovative businesses and entrepreneurs in Essex.

Do you have a young business with raw potential? Are you looking to take your business to the next level? Or do you have a great business idea and need help to get started? The Big Business Boost is here to give you the support, training and maybe even the cash you need to be an Essex business success story.

The Essex BIG Business Boost is an inclusive business competition which exists to celebrate the diversity of entrepreneurial ability across the county.


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Why should you enter?

It’s free, it’s easy, and you could win a boost for your business worth from £25 to SIX top prizes worth over £2,000, including a cash boost for your business. Entry is online and only takes 300 words! Click here to enter now

What is the Big Business Boost?

Funded by the Essex Innovation Programme through Essex County Council, the BIG Business Boost is aimed at identifying and enabling the most exciting businesses in Essex.

In 2016, the BIG Business Boost will be supported by the Essex Employment & Skills Unit to deliver the Disability Entrepreneur Award and the Personal Triumph Award to celebrate entrepreneurship across Essex for people with a disability.

The BIG Business Boost is free to enter and open to any Essex-based business with fifteen employees or less, or any idea for a business based in Essex.

There are five categories for businesses to enter;

- The BIG Business Boost Award – the overall award for Essex’s most innovative business - £1,500 cash boost + business support package

- The Young Entrepreneur Award – for business owners aged from 16 to 30 years of age - £1,500 cash boost + business support package

- The Women in Business Award – for the county’s most innovative female-led businesses - £1,500 cash boost + business support package

- The Disability Entrepreneur Award (pre-start) – Eligible to Essex-based individuals with a disability (physical, sensory, learning disability or difficulty, autism and mental health), with a great commercially sustainable business idea/plan to be the next Essex Entrepreneur - £2,000 cash boost + business support package

- The Personal Triumph Award – a nomination-only award celebrating businesses and businesspeople in Essex with a disability who have triumphed in the face of adversity - £2,000 cash boost + business support package

The winners won’t necessarily be the most profitable business or the one with the biggest turnover – instead the winners will be the business ideas and concepts that excite the judges with innovation and imagination. Could that be you?

The Big Business Boost is all about finding businesses like yours, and providing the right resources to enable your growth into one of Essex’s success stories of the future.

Business Categories

There are five categories for businesses to enter;

- The BIG Business Boost Award – the overall award for Essex’s most innovative business

- The Young Entrepreneur Award – for business owners aged from 16 to 30 years of age

- The Women in Business Award – for the county’s most innovative female-led businesses

- The Disability Entrepreneur Award (pre-start) – Eligible to Essex-based individuals with a disability (physical, sensory, learning disability or difficulty, autism and mental health), with a great commercially sustainable business idea/plan to be the next Essex Entrepreneur.

- The Personal Triumph Award – a nomination-only award celebrating businesses and businesspeople in Essex with a disability who have triumphed in the face of adversity

Sponsors

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Funded by Essex County Council's Essex Innovation Programme and the Employment and Skills Unit, and delivered by the region’s Business Support Agencies, the Big Business Boost will allow ECC to 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.

"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 www.essexinnovation.co.uk"