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Blueprint for Business returns – supporting businesses on their journey of growth

The free business growth programme which offers a series of bespoke workshops, webinars and 1:1 events – Blueprint for Business – returns for a second year to help businesses in North Essex map out their journey and achieve goals.

Blueprint for Business

Developed and delivered by a team of award-winning Business Coaches, this programme provides businesses across North Essex with learning opportunities, tailored to suit the needs of individuals, as well as access expert knowledge. The programme itself is organised so that attendees can create a pick ‘n’ mix of activities to support their individual growth goals.


Open to businesses based in Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, and Tendring, Blueprint for Business offers a wide array of resources to support participants in their growth journey. The programme features a series of in-person and virtual workshops, scheduled from May 2024 to February 2025.


The in-person workshops are being held at high-quality venues, and will run for two hours, giving you the opportunity to learn, whilst still managing your day-to-day operations. Workshops will cover various themes such as Marketing, Business Growth & HR Planning, Sales, and Innovation & New Products Services.


Spanning two hours, the online webinars will delve into topics like effective leadership, women in business, cyber security, optimising LinkedIn and sales navigator as well as a festive networking session where all participants can come together as an entrepreneurial ecosystem to discuss strategies and potential collaborations.


On top of this, participants will be able to access up to 7 hours of 1 on 1 business support from coaches, receiving personalised guidance and support to help with business growth.


Blueprint for Business is open to businesses of all stages, from start-ups to established enterprises. Participants must be registered or based in Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon or Tendring. The programme is open to businesses of all types, including Sole Traders, Limited companies, and Community Interest Companies (CIC).


This programme is a collaborative effort between the North Essex Economic Board, Let’s Do Business Group, and the Consortium. The programme is funded entirely by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, meaning businesses and entrepreneurs can access the support completely free of charge.

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Previous attendee’s experiences:

“I liked listening to other people and their business experiences. It was helpful hearing other people’s successes and frustrations.”

“The programme was delivered by really excellent presenters.”

“Experience leaders offered constructive information and advice to support the development of new/small businesses.”

“I enjoyed the presenter and his graphics. His content was understandable and spoken in terms that were easy to grasp. He made it easy for me to place his examples within the concept of my business, and to adapt and make pertinent to my way of working when setting up my business.”

“Extremely informative and constructive webinar, delivered by excellent facilitators. I found it most helpful and has motivated me to try new ideas.”

“It gave me direction regarding what protection I needed for logo, copyright, trademarking.”

“The presenter and two speakers all identified areas of need, development and growth for women in business, and presented with reassurance and affirmation, giving a strong message of unity within business. With very useful advice and contact information for further support, they gave us assurances of the correct direction we as businesswomen are moving and offered us support to achieve our business goals.”


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Blueprint for Business Programme

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Blueprint for Business is part of the overall business support programme. To find out more