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Business Networks

Even in a micro-business, the key to growth is never to stop learning. We hold a number of networking events, specifically designed for Basildon businesses, to make sure you have access to the latest thinking on key business issues including marketing, finances and tax and business development. Thanks to the support of our training partners, these events are predominantly free for business based in the borough.


The Basildon Business Group (BBG) is a private-sector led business group who provide the voice of local business to Basildon Council, identifying the needs and requirements to boost the borough's economy.

In addition to providing an effective channel of communication between the business community and Basildon Council, BBG works to help identify opportunities, assist in the promotion of the borough and to provide support to business. BBG meets quarterly with Basildon Council to steer programmes of activity that help drive the economy forward in Basildon, Billericay, Laindon, Pitsea and Wickford.

BBG welcomes new members and anyone who wishes to raise an idea or meets quarterly to discuss matters brought to its attention.

BBG is chaired by David Barnes of Barnes IT Solutions. David is also the South Essex Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses.


Working in partnership with Metro Bank, this network group is open to all small-medium sized businesses in the Basildon and surrounding areas. It takes place on the first Monday of every month. Relaxed, open networking format. Most events will feature a guest speaker providing important and interesting updates for businesses. Teas, coffees and nibbles are provided, just bring your business cards!


Membership to Essex Chambers of Commerce offers businesses a wide range of benefits, including; year round networking events, workshops & training, latest policy updates as they are announced, online membership directory and promotion, and much more. To enquire about membership and find out more visit: Essex Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ltd


The Federation of Small Businesses works to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. It ensures the voice of small businesses is heard at the highest level across the UK, as well as providing business services and products. The Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) service partners offer services and products built from the ground up to help businesses spend more time focusing on running their business. Learn new skills, attend events, grow your support network, and get answers from professionals on topics important to your business growth needs (This is a fee paying membership).


The Group2Grow Peer Network Programme is coming back to Essex in Autumn 2023, to connect more business people together to create solutions and learn new skills. Applications to join the new Group2Grow Programme are now open, and we’re ready to welcome more likeminded businesspeople from all over Essex.


Driven by the diverse needs of our members, we offer a range of relevant opportunities including executive education events, networking opportunities and expert mentoring. Our broad membership reflects the industries in this region, including automotive, logistics, manufacturing, and construction. Join us today to advance your career and your organisation. For more information, visit:


We provide high-quality, inclusive and accessible co-working space, business support and creative training programs with an ambition to create economically thriving communities across the region.  

Are you eligible for a Basildon Business Growth Grant up to £2,000? Find out here:


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