A £500,000 fund to help boost trade will be expanded to cover all of Tendring.

Businesses can apply for cash grants of up to £150,000 to help aid their expansion.

The money was available to new and existing firms within the district’s ‘assisted area’, including parts of Harwich, Manningtree, Clacton and Brightlingsea, which were given the special Government status last year due to high levels of unemployment. Giles Watling, cabinet member for regeneration, said that so far 35 businesses have expressed an interest in the scheme.

For details email at funding.support@ tendringdc.gov.uk