INVEST Essex introduces new business support service

Funding and financeIn a bid to alleviate some of the pressure small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) face, INVEST Essex has recently introduced a service specifically tailored to SMEs. Dave Watson and Graham Johnson have joined INVEST Essex as SME Business Managers to offer free impartial advice and business support. The experienced finance professionals will be able to provide great value to the local business community.

“We are offering a brand-new business support service, targeted at SMEs and start-ups, providing bespoke funding and finance advice from seasoned business banking professionals using their knowledge and insight of a combined 50 years of working in the industry to access funds and finance.”


David Rooke, Location Services Director, INVEST Essex

SME’s and start-ups can benefit from 12 hours of ‘free’ advice funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that can be increased if there is value. The SME Business Managers have already received a high volume of enquiries and look forward to a busy year ahead.

Supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs

The Essex Technology and Innovation CentreINVEST Essex offers specialist business support and free professional services to existing or start-up businesses in Essex as well as those considering relocating to the county. INVEST Essex are intent on maximising the commercial opportunities of Essex as a business location. As well as the new SME business support service INVEST Essex also manages the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre in Ongar where more than 20 SMEs currently reside. The centre is one of the business centres in Essex specifically designed to support entrepreneurship and SMEs. Many companies have built successful businesses on the foundation of their early years at the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre. 

“I operate an ‘open door’ policy, where the tenants feel comfortable and confident in having an informal chat about their issues, concerns, aspirations and in many cases, are supported and signposted to relevant sources of help within the team. We have many resources available and experts on hand to offer services such as mentoring, finance packages etc.”


Pam Winter, Centre Manager, The Essex Technology and Innovation Centre

Due to recent expansion at the premises there is still space to rent a range of offices as well as meeting/conference rooms. Contact Pam Winter for more details or call 01277 368200.

M25 Business Centre

The M25 Business CentreINVEST Essex also supports the M25 Business Centre at Waltham Abbey, a more sizeable building consisting of 55,000 square feet, with 70 businesses already in occupancy.

The centre was first conceived in 2013 by managing director Paul Zimbler. INVEST Essex liaised with Zimbler in the early stages helping to resolve Highway and Local Council issues and ensuring political support at several levels. INVEST Essex continues to provide ongoing support and interface with the local authority and Essex County Council. Since it opened, INVEST Essex and Zimbler have seen the centre, and those who occupy it, go from strength to strength.

“When we opened the centre in February 2014 it was a big step for us and was a huge risk and commitment which, with the support of all of our clients and INVEST Essex, has now become a success, so we know how much work and how many sleepless nights are involved in growing any business.”


Paul Zimbler, Managing Director, M25 Business Centre

Businesses based at the M25 Business Centre can take advantage of the 28-minute journey time from Waltham Cross station into Liverpool Street. Commuting is further made easier and cost effective with over 130 parking spaces here. For more information about availability at the M25 business centre see here.

For more information about the Essex Technology and Innovation Centre see here.

For more information on the work INVEST Essex does to support SMEs contact one of the team here.

Dave Watson ACIB
Dave Watson ACIB

Essex SME Business Manager

07526 171257


With over 25 years Corporate Banking experience across start-up, growth and turnaround businesses alongside Client Strategy Consultancy for NatWest Commercial across East Anglia Dave has a wealth of expertise and contacts within the Essex SME market. The last 4 years Dave has worked with a significant number of SMEs providing hands on support to “make things happen” and specialises in finding funding solutions. Most recently, Dave has supported Prospects College of Advanced Technology and TfL to successfully relaunch the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in East London.