TALE (Transport and Logistical Efficiencies) gives small businesses the opportunity to improve their logistics by applying for a grant of up to £10,000. The deadline for grant applications is approaching, and with only 33 grants remaining, businesses must apply now to benefit from this opportunity.

TALE offers two types of grants:

  • TALE Lite Grants are worth £1,000 to £2,000 (for a project costing £2,500 to £5,000). They can be used to purchase software and initial consultancy advice related to data.
  • TALE Grants are worth £1,000 to £10,000 (for a project costing £2,500 to £25,000) and can be used for support software, consultancy, or the purchase of equipment. The project must help introduce new data analytic tools and techniques to the business. For larger awards, it must also lead to a new product or service being launched.

Grants are available to SMEs who move goods from A to B, including those involved in freight transport, manufacturing, and distribution. Businesses must be based in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Norfolk or Suffolk.

Applicants are supported by a team of facilitators who will guide them through the application process.; A TALE Lite grant could be approved in as little as a fortnight.

Applications for all TALE grants close on the 30th of April 2021.

Some eligible businesses may also benefit from free 1:1 expert mentoring or online group coaching (worth £1,200), which will be continuing until Summer 2021.

Check whether a business or project is eligible or apply by visiting: www.tale.org.uk.

TALE is funded by ERDF.


For further information please contact Charlotte Porter, Marketing and Communications Officer on 07739 971657 or email charlotte.porter@haven-gateway.org

Notes to editors

TALE is managed by the Haven Gateway Partnership and in receipt of funds from the ERDF.

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. Its accountable body is Essex County Council. For more information visit www.haven-gateway.org.

The project has received £2,874,974 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.