Economic Development: NEEB
Developed by Coggeshall-based We Create Digital, the NEEB website is rated triple A in the WCAG (web content accessibility guidelines). It has been designed with a clean and clear layout to support visitors with, not only accessing information and case studies, but also connecting to NEEB and NEEB partners.
Support for businesses
Businesses are what drive the economy forwards, and NEEB recognises it has been a difficult time for companies through the pandemic – and now with rising inflation and other supply chain and operating cost issues.
That is why as a partnership of district, city and county councils, NEEB offers fully-funded business support and skills programmes to support economic growth across North Essex helping businesses survive and thrive.
The partnership consists of Maldon, Tendring, Braintree, and Uttlesford District Councils. Chelmsford and Colchester City Councils, and Essex County Council. Partners have provided detailed information on their economic growth priorities on their dedicated pages within the new website.
NEEB officer lead Dominic Collins, from Braintree District Council, notes: “The new NEEB website will provide a hub for businesses to learn more about the fully-funded programmes on offer whilst also encouraging cross-district collaboration – helping businesses to establish and grow across North Essex.”
Support for residents
As well as providing help for businesses, NEEB wants to help people back into work, or to change careers. So, another area of the website headed up ‘Learn with us’ gives details on its three fully-funded skills programmes: Skills Path, IT Qualifications and Computer Literacy. Aimed at local residents, they are completely free to attend, provided participants live in the districts of Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring or Uttlesford.
The website has launched alongside a new social media campaign geared at identifying and engaging with audiences, past and present, to establish county-wide links and greater connections to those who need support.
Over the longer-term NEEB is committed to promoting wider economic growth across the sub-region, and a new strategy for the area has been commissioned which is currently underway. Through a series of workshops and developmental sessions, the partnership aims to announce the new strategic vision and mission in the Summer. So, to keep up to-date with news and progress, businesses and residents are being encouraged to check back on the new website at www.neeb.org.uk.
If you have received support for your business or taken part in a NEEB Funded Skills Development programme, please get in touch to share your experience with firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.neeb.org.uk to start your business development journey.
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