The Manufacturing Growth Programme – now part of Economic Growth Solutions – and the Haven Gateway partnership’s TALE scheme have extended their manufacturing focus to Essex.

The two schemes previously joined forces to help SME’s in Kent and helped manufacturers who wanted more efficient systems and advice on developing action plans.

TALE helps by funding up to a £60,000 grant for software, tablets and devices, consultancy and new staff, all to help improve a manufacturers logistics function.

The MGP also offers grant funding and tailored business support including independent business reviews and action plans to maximise opportunities for growth.

Dedicated staff are based in the county and ready to visit companies – Sarah Goodwin, Manufacturing Growth Manager  and Patrick Maynard, Business Support Facilitator TALE.

Both schemes are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund – over £500k has already been allocated to companies from the TALE scheme.  Any SME interested in accessing a grant can contact