South East Business Boost- Growth Grants & Workshops Funded By The EU

Don’t be held back by a lack of funds! South East Business Boost launched the last tranche of EU funding that will be available to businesses in the South East back in October.

And Lollipop Local’s digital marketing experts are proud to be helping to promote this with a new website and social media campaign. There’s £2.5m to give away!

Growth Grants

south-east-business-boost-1env-growth-grantSouth East Business Boost has experienced Business Advisors primed and ready to help start-ups to find their feet and ambitious SMEs take their business to the next level. If you’re a small to medium sized business based in Essex, Kent or East Sussex you could receive a grant of between £1,000 and £10,000. A grant is not a loan! They don’t have to be paid back.

Register your interest here and take the quiz to find out if you are eligible.

From new equipment and machinery to new technology and processes, if it helps your business to GROW then you could reclaim 30% of the total cost up to a maximum grant of £10,000.

Case Studies – Growth Grants In Action

Here’s how 1env solutions, E. Christian & Co and Hoppily found the process.

Free Business Support

boost-your-south-east-business-take-offThere is also FREE one to one support and advice on how to GROW both fledgeling and established businesses. This is ideal for your business if you:

  • are not eligible for the SEBB Capital Grant
  • need advice prior to applying for the grant
  • need a business coach/consultant, mentoring or just a fresh pair of eyes

Tailored to your circumstances, this training has an average value of £1,000 and contributes CIPD points for your staff development.

Popular workshops include:

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Finance for non-finance managers
  • HR for non-HR managers

Complete the form on this page to find out more

The South East Business Boost Programme has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. It is a Partnership between Essex County Council, Kent County Council, East Sussex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, and Thurrock Council.

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Podiatrists & Masseurs Get Menu URL On Google Maplistings

This new development was reported to us from across the country by Surrey podiatrist, Waverley Foot Clinic, and massage therapist, The Ark in Essex.

If you’re a therapist, you now have the option to add the URL of the page that displays your services on your Google My Business maplisting.

Just go into your Google My Business map listing and click Edit at the top right of the main dashboard OR Info in the left hand sidebar.

Now scroll down until you see the field marked Menu URL.

Add in the URL of the services page.

You now have a second URL showing up on your map listing for Products/Services as well as the website button that goes to your home page.

The only downside seems to be that, once uploaded, it is not possible to edit this URL.

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Social Media and HolidayMakers – A Home Security Checklist

Loving this great infographic from Spy Alarms.

As everyone starts talking about skiing, snowboarding or lying in the sun somewhere exotic, the countdowns to departure appear on Facebook.

Then, once they’re on foreign soil, the photographic updates keep us all informed about the jolly time that is being had.

Sadly, it’s not only their friends who are being alerted to the fact that their home is empty.

A survey by one of the big insurance companies a couple of years ago showed that for the average Facebook user, 66 strangers were actually viewing their status updates because they had agreed to become friends with all sorts of people that they didn’t actually know at all.

Make your Facebook profiles private, people, and then see this infographic for ways to look out for your home security whilst you’re away. Continue reading Social Media and HolidayMakers – A Home Security Checklist

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Show you care, please park elsewhere

show you care park elsewhere

Lots of issues with parents parking on the zig zags and double yellow lines outside school.

Being late is not an excuse to put other people’s children in danger.

Neither is ‘It’s raining…’

Victoria Drive is a small turning opposite the entrance to school in Pall Mall, Leigh on Sea.

The reason for my angst is that if you get one or two cars parked on both sides of the road, it is very hard for other cars to access or egress Victoria Drive. This causes a backlog onto Pall Mall affecting my crossing.

Sometimes it is impossible to cross on my zebra because there is a vehicle stopped on the black and white markings stuck in a queue of traffic.

The illegally stopped vehicles in Victoria Drive also cause issues with visibility for people trying to cross Victoria Drive who are already having to contend with fast moving traffic turning in from Pall Mall.

Many of these pedestrians are 9, 10 and 11 year old children who are taking the first steps towards independence by walking to school without an adult.

The actions of the parents who park on the double yellow lines at the top of Victoria Drive put those children in danger… just because THEY don’t want to be late for work.

This time last year there were three incidents involving dropped off children realising they had forgotten something and legging it back across my crossing and Victoria Drive trying to attract the attention of the parent in the car.

They had no thought for the traffic just for their forgotten lunchbox or homework.  One child was in the road trying to clamber onto the car of his parent as it drove away.

It was very frightening!

New initiative from Southend Road Safety

In addition to regular patrols from our lovely traffic wardens – curiously, those parents don’t park on the zigzags or double yellow lines when they are visiting us – there is a new initiative from Southend Road Safety.

They can come and help to educate those parents who might not know about why the yellow zigzag markings are not your own personal parking space.

Why parking on the yellow zig zags puts children at risk

They look so enticing because they look like the ideal parking space.  However, that big gap is there to keep me and the people on the crossing safe.

If you park there, oncoming traffic is trying to work out whether you are going to pull out or allow your child to fling open the door and step out into the road in front of them.  Yes, that happens a lot.

The drivers are distracted and are not looking to see if I have stepped onto the crossing to stop them.

Click on the link below to view the leaflet and then let me know your thoughts on Facebook.

Show you care parking leaflet

Show you care, please park elsewhere!

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Dropping Off On The ZigZags Is An Offence

One of the parents at school alerted me to something which was published in the Daily Mail on 13th March.

A dad had stopped to let his child get out of the car in Shoeburyness.

But he had done it on the zigzags on the approach to a zebra crossing by a school.

I see this every morning on my crossing.

Sometimes I am stopping the traffic to let people cross but, on other occasions, I am not.

And yet parents still stop their cars at the crossing with no thought for the drivers in the cars behind them.

Their child then opens the door and gets out in the road.  In most cases between the railing and the pavement .

The railing is there to confirm that passengers are not encouraged to alight from cars onto the pavement in this area.

The zigzags are there to indicate that cars are not allowed to park in this area.

However I have also seen them get out into the middle of the road into the path of oncoming traffic.

The parent in the article found himself the recipient of a fixed penalty notice for £70 – £35 if he pays within 15 days.

He is not very happy.

But he has committed an offence!

You are not allowed to park on the zigzags.  If someone is getting out of the car, you have not just stopped, you have parked.

It is as simple as that.



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