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Business Workshops


FREE WORKSHOPS: Microsoft Excel & Social Media

Venue: ACL Brentwood, Rayleigh Road, Brentwood, Essex CM13 1BD

Brentwood businesses employing fewer than 250 staff are eligible for FREE Microsoft Excel and social media workshops being held at ACL Essex’s training facilities near Shenfield.

Microsoft Excel - 22 March, 1:30pm-3:00pm

The session will concentrate on pivot tables, filters and charts.  There may be time to look at conditional formatting and validation rules.

Social Media - 29 March, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Learn how to decide which social media platform is best for use with your business, how to compose effective posts, and how to create a Facebook and Twitter business account.

To find out more and register, contact


FREE WORKSHOP: 'Making Tax Digital Explained'

Date: 29 March 2019

Time: 8:30am - 10:00am

Venue: The Cloudfm County Ground, New Writtle St, Chelmsford CM2 0PG

This event will not only explore HMRC’s plans for Making Tax Digital (MTD), but also show you how this scheme will affect you as a small business owner.

Find out how you can ensure your business is Digital Tax ready, so that your transition to MTD compliance is as quick and disruption-free as possible.

Places are limited so please register below and reserve your free seat at this digital transformation event.


FREE WORKSHOP: 'Managing Growth...and its unintended consequences'

Date: 3 April 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: FRP Advisory, The Drive, Warley, Brentwood CM13 3BE

Brentwood Borough Council, the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and the Brentwood Business Partnership are pleased to host a growth workshop presented by Pro-actions Business Coaching & Support.

Rapid growth is what every business aspires to – but it can generate some real issues if you’re not prepared. Running out of cash because of ‘over trading’ is one of the biggest killers of businesses that are growing fast and appear to be doing well. And as you grow, so do the demands on both leadership and management.

This Pro-actions business seminar will explore some of the common pitfalls and top strategies and tips for how to successfully navigate them. Attendees can look forward to understanding more about

  • How to prepare your business for rapid growth
  • How to manage your cash to avoid the pitfalls
  • Tried and tested tactics for how to survive if you hit a cash flow problem
Please register below to book your FREE place.


FREE WORKSHOP: 'Social Media for Business'

Date: 23 April 2019

Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm

Venue: Brentwood Borough Council, Seven Arches Road, Brentwood CM15 8AY

Brentwood Borough Council, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, and the Brentwood Business Partnership have partnered with Invest Essex to bring you this free social media workshop.

Topics being covered include:
  • The key features of creating a successful social media strategy
  • Measurement tools for social media & why measurement is important
  • How to optimise your platforms
  • How to use social media to grow your business
  • Hints & tips for saving time

Spaces are limited to 15 people. To book your place, email with your contact details.


Brentwood Borough Council Corporate Sponsorship Packages 2019

Brentwood Borough Council is delighted to announce that the 2019 corporate sponsorship packages are now open. From as little as £50, we have some very exciting opportunities for local businesses to be part of our community and business events through sponsorship.  

We have introduced a new ‘platinum package’ this year, which may interest to Brentwood companies who want to extend their branding across multiple Council events.



BEST Growth Hub Business Events

March-April 2019

BEST Growth Hub has a wide selection of business workshops and events taking place across Essex throughout March and April. Topics range from HR practices, bookkeeping & taxation, and public sector recruitment. 

BEST Growth Hub also provides free one-to-one business advice to support you in reviewing your business and suggesting ideas for its development to increase productivity. To find out more, please click below. 


Business Support & Grants


Superfast Essex
Gigabit Vouchers

The Government has launched a new scheme aimed at increasing access to full fibre broadband networks across the UK. Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. 

As part of this commitment, the Government is investing £67million for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme from March 2018 hoping to encourage suppliers to invest in gigabit-capable services.

The scheme is aimed at businesses but also available to residents together in a group with businesses if businesses are the main beneficiary. Through the scheme businesses and residents, can approach suppliers who can apply for micro-grants in the form of vouchers on their behalf to support the cost of deploying new gigabit-capable connectivity. 

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Individual businesses and group projects can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection. For more information please click the button below.


TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies)

Who Is It For? 

TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) provides free support to SMEs that have a logistics function. 

Is Your Data Working For You?

Early participants to the range of free workshops, diagnostic assessments and grants include companies engaged in air freight, road freight, containers, print, cleaning, healthcare, event hire, footwear manufacture, parts manufacture, warehousing, and logistics software systems. 

Click the button below to join them. If you need any more information, please speak to


Brentwood Business Partnership

The Brentwood Business Partnership (BBP) is a collaboration between Brentwood businesses, local business organisations and Brentwood Borough Council to raise awareness of Brentwood as a thriving place for businesses, visitors and residents; to Increase footfall and encourage local spend to grow the local economy; to support retailers, businesses, tourism and the night-time economy; and to sponsor events and projects to attract more business and improve the public realm.

The Brentwood Business Partnership business plan has been published and is available for download.

Follow the Brentwood Business Partnership on @BwdBizPartner for updates, or visit


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