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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A Great Day Out At Southern Manufacturing 2016

Jon and I made our first visit to the FIVE tent at Farnborough and the Southern Manufacturing exhibition earlier this month.

It was a three day event but we chose the Wednesday, which was just as well as the weather had quietened down a bit by then.  

The poor exhibitors, like our clients Axis Precision Engineering Components – see Andrew and Peter below – had a torrid time driving down from Essex and setting up late on Monday evening and the early hours of Tuesday morning thanks to the high winds and torrential rain of Storm Imogen.


A Great Day Out At Southern Manufacturing 2016
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How To Be Anonymous On LinkedIn

One of the questions I got asked as I did the rounds of engineers and manufacturers at Southern Manufacturing recently was How can I be anonymous on LinkedIn so here we go!

I suppose the first question to ask is why you would want to be anonymous?  Normally, that’s so you can snoop on the profiles of your competition without them knowing.

You might also be checking out profiles to help formulate the Buyer Persona for your target customer.

Be aware that, if you do go anonymous on LinkedIn, you will lose your own stats for the Who Has Viewed My Profile section.

How to be anonymous on LinkedIn

Click on your profile picture at the top right of the page in the navigation bar.

You will need to add your password to continue.

From the drop down menu, select ‘Manage’ against Privacy & Settings.


How To Be Anonymous On LinkedIn
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Place Tips – Attract More Visitors To Your Facebook Business Page

With mobile users continuing to use social media everywhere and anywhere, including when they shop and dine, there’s a new opportunity for businesses to connect with their customers whilst they are in store.

Place Tips is a new feature that allows people, with a Wi-Fi connection, to learn more about the business during their visit. Since the new feature launched, local businesses that have tested Facebook Place Tips have seen a steady increase in page traffic.


Place Tips – Attract More Visitors To Your Facebook Business Page
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