Applications close on the 30th April 2021

Make sure you don't miss out on a TALE Grant!

The Transport and Logistical Efficiencies Program - Webinars, Data Diagnostics Grants and business support for SMEs

Free support and funding contributions for the logistics business

TALE is a targeted business support programme focused on improving efficiency and productivity in logistics and supply chain operations for SMEs across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

The TALE programme is designed to demonstrate how, through data analytic tools and techniques, business can gain insights to improve their competitiveness through a reduction of costs, introduction of new services, enhancement of customer service and acquisition of new customers, as well as ensuring businesses are protected from risks of cyber-attacks.

For the freight transport, logistics and manufacturing sectors

TALE supports the freight transport and logistics sector, such as freight forwarders, hauliers, customs clearance agents as well as companies with a logistics function in the manufacturing, engineering and distribution sectors. The programme will work with 200 SMEs such as delivery companies, food wholesalers, maintenance operations, manufacturers, commercial fleet operators and anybody moving goods from A to B.

The work is led by the Haven Gateway Partnership with a dedicated project team that include dedicated Business Support Facilitators guiding individual businesses as they develop their growth plans. The programme is delivered with partners at the University of Essex and Kent – with their known centres of expertise in data analysis and cyber security.

Diagnostic Session

As part of the registration process, you will be booked in for a free diagnostic session with your Business Support Facilitator.

They would get to know everything about your business (your position in the market, future ambitions etc.) and then do a survey with you in terms of how you use your data and any technologies, which helps to identify your strengths and opportunities for support. They will also discuss in detail the project that you want to undertake for TALE funding. As your facilitator, they are here to help with your journey through TALE.

They will ask you a series of questions over 6 different areas of digital to get a snapshot of your strengths and weaknesses including;

  • Cyber Security
  • People and Data
  • Digital Capability
  • Operations and Processes
  • Supply Chain
  • Data Analysis

The data assessment generates a written report (Diagnostic Support Plan) with suggestions on opportunities through our support and funding contributions. The report will also signpost to other business support organisations or funding schemes, for example your local Growth Hub.

When the diagnostic has been completed, your facilitator will send you your forms, which need to be printed and signed by you. Once we receive your signed forms scanned back, your eligibility will be confirmed for TALE – please note this is not grant approval, this is to confirm that you are an SME so are eligible to access government funding.

Working with an Expert

We can offer you a free 9-hour mentoring package worth £1200 to strengthen your business in areas that you want to explore. Your package can be focused on one singular theme, or multiple themes to make up your total 9 hours. You could have 3 themes x 3-hours, spend 6-hours on one theme and 3-hours on another, or have the whole 9-hours dedicated on the theme that you want to improve.


Up to £10,000 (40% of total project cost, non-repayable grant)

TALE LITE - Grants up to £2k - Towards a maximum £5k project


TALE is open to SMEs with a logistics function including freight transport, manufacturing and distribution and any company moving goods from A to B.  Your company will be engaged in the sale of goods and services, this includes social enterprises.

An SME is defined as follows:

  • Fewer than 250 employees
  • Turnover maximum €50M/£44M
  • Balance Sheet maximum €43M/£38M
  • Totals apply to your company or group of companies if more than 25% owned by another concern

Confirm Your Eligibility for TALE by contacting your local TALE Business Support Facilitator today!


What can my business gain?

TALE funds projects that use data analytics as part of a logistics function. The more effective use of data within the company can be wide ranging:

  • Companies can buy kit for data collection and processing such as computers, iPads, telephony and data capture devices such as sensors.
  • Software applications could include tracking systems, warehouse management, stock control, security protection tools and market intelligence.
  • Personnel can include the use of consultancy to come in and advise or help implement a data use solution, and the recruitment of new staff employed within the business to launch a new product or service: TALE can fund 40% of the cost of a post for a year.

Contact TALE for one to one help from our team of Business Support Facilitators: Sian Dowell, Patrick Maynard and Fred Thomas


Find out more by downloading the TALE Leaflet

The Haven Gateway Partnership

The Haven Gateway Partnership was created in 2001 by a group of partners across North Essex and South Suffolk in order to promote the area as a distinct economic sub region based upon its strong links with the Haven Ports of Felixstowe and Harwich.

Today, the Partnership remains a vehicle for co-operation. It is a public/private partnership which still embraces Ports and Logistics but now also supports its partners, through evidence backed advocacy and selective project work, to drive economic growth more generally in support of the New Anglia and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships.