Eligibility Requirements

Our support is available to most Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Norfolk and Suffolk.  Our team will confirm your eligibility check when you register your interest with BEE.

The list below covers the key elements of the check. 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.

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

sector exclusions

We are unable to provide support to businesses from certain sectors. The main sector exclusions are:
  • 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

Economic Activity

Your organisation must be an Enterprise.  Our advisors can help here, but typically an organisation will be an enterprise if its primary focus is around offering goods/ services on a commercial basis.  The key is the presence of this economic activity, rather than the structure of the organisation. 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)


Your business needs to be active in one of the following local authority areas 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 whether this applies to you.

financial resilience

We are not able to support businesses that are judged to be 'in difficulty'.  We may ask to see Company Accounts before confirming any grant offer.

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