South East Business Boost (SEBB)

The South East Business Boost (SEBB) programme offers growth grants to small and medium sized businesses in Kent.

The scheme aims to deliver investment to businesses across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership region:

  • Kent
  • Essex (including Southend and Thurrock)
  • East Sussex.

The programme can fund up to 30% of the costs of qualifying projects, with the remaining 70% being met by the business.

The scheme closed for new applications on 31 December 2019. To register your interest in accessing future funding please read the privacy notice (PDF, 108.7 KB) before completing our online expression of interest form.

You can apply for a SEBB Grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • your business must be located in one of the following areas: Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling, and Tunbridge Wells.
  • be a sole trader, partnership, limited company or a not for profit business
  • be seeking a grant between £1,000 and £1,300
  • currently have less than 250 employees

Ineligible sectors: fisheries and aquaculture, agriculture, coal, steel and shipbuilding, synthetic figures, education, banking and insurance, membership organisations that are politically affiliated and charities and voluntary sector organisations, that are not using a trading arm.

Types of costs

There are a varied eligible costs under this grant programme:

Machinery/ equipment:

  • plant equipment
  • machinery and tooling
  • installation of machinery and hardware.


  • business related extension and improvement (non-retail only)

These costs are reliant on building ownership/length of lease:

  • specialist IT equipment/ higher cost
  • specialist software (software development /programming costs are not eligible)

Not have exceeded the de minimis state aid limit (€200,000 over three years) or be in a position where the de minimis state aid limit would be exceeded were the application to be approved.

Find out more about the South East Business Boost.


Kent and Medway Growth Hub today on 01233 225447 for information and assistance

There are 4 stages in the application process. We will provide you with feedback at each stage.

Step 1 - Eligibility questionnaire

Submit an eligibility questionnaire to help us check if your business is eligible before beginning any support under the SEBB programme.

Download the eligibility questionnaire (PDF, 219.0 KB)

Once completed please email your questionnaire to

Step 2 - Support assessment plan

If your business is eligible for EU funding, we will contact you to complete a Support Assessment Plan.  This outlines the specific support that your business wishes to access and identifies any areas which can be supported through the SEBB programme; this includes both grants, and other forms of free business support.

Step 3 - Grant application

We will check that you have supplied everything required to assess your application. Providing you have, your application will be fully assessed within 10 working days of receipt.

Your application will be assessed by Southend Borough Council for:

  • financial viability and sustainability
  • funding
  • jobs created
  • state aid compliance

Step 4 -  Decision

Southend Borough Council, as the accountable body, will provide a full appraisal to the SEBB grants panel. The grants panel will consider each eligible application and may approve or reject applications.

Questions about your application

If you have any questions about your application please email

General business advice

Kent and Medway Growth Hub is government funded service provided by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce that provides help and support to new and existing local businesses.

Find land or premises

Locate in Kent offers a range of free services including commercial property searches and business finance assistance to help businesses expand in or relocate to Kent and Medway.

Support from your bank

Why not speak to your local bank about the support they can give you?  The following banks are working in partnership with us to support this initiative:

Royal Bank of

Support from your district council

Contact your district council for additional support and advice about services available in your district area.

If you are located in Medway contact Medway Council.