Eligibility Requirements

As a guide, the programme is open to most Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) that meet the following criteria, though a full eligibility check will be completed when you register your interest with BEE.

If you have any questions about how these criteria apply to your business, you can call our team of advisors on 01473 350 370.

​PLEASE NOTE: The criteria apply to your business and any ‘linked’ businesses that you own or that have a controlling interest in your business.

Economic Activity

Your organisation must be regarded as an ‘Enterprise’ which can be defined as, ‘any entity engaged in an economic activity, irrespective of its legal form’. It is therefore the economic activity that is the determining factor, not the legal form. An Enterprise might be:

  • Sole Trader
  • Unincorporated Association
  • Limited Partnership
  • Limited Company
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
  • Industrial and Provident Society (I&P or IPS)

Organisational size

You must employ no more than 250 full time equivalent (FTE) staff

Your business must have an annual turnover less than €50million OR an annual balance sheet less than €43million


Your business needs to be active in one of the following local authority areas that fall within the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership catchment area;
  • Babergh
  • Broadland
  • Mid Suffolk
  • Suffolk Coastal
  • Waveney
  • Breckland
  • Kings Lynn & West Norfolk
  • Forest Heath
  • St Edmundsbury
  • North Norfolk
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Ipswich
  • Norwich
  • South Norfolk


Your business must have received less than €200,000 of de minimis state aid over the last three fiscal years.  Our team can help you to understand if this applies to you.

sector exclusions

Please note, we are unable to provide support to businesses from certain sectors, these include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
  • Steel
  • Synthetic fibres
  • Statutory services; education, healthcare, etc.
  • Banking, insurance and other financial services

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