We are a partnership between Brentwood businesses, local business organisations and Brentwood Borough Council to:

  • Raise awareness of Brentwood as a thriving place for businesses, visitors and residents

  • Increase footfall and encourage local spend to grow the local economy

  • Support retailers, businesses, tourism and the night-time economy

  • Sponsor events and projects to attract more business and improve the public realm

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Our photograph shows, from left, BBP Chair Mike Hawkins, Brentwood Deputy Leader John Kerslake, Council BBP Lead Officer Elaine Richardson, Mayor Cllr William Russell and the Council’s CEO Phil Ruck.

On Wednesday 7th February the Council-sponsored business partnership group formerly known as The Renaissance Group re-launched itself as the Brentwood Business Partnership (BBP).

Hosted at the Brentwood Centre the event was attended by the Mayor, the Council’s Chief Executive, a number of Councillors and business owners/leaders from Brentwood and Shenfield, to hear the results of the partnership’s extensive strategic review.

Though the former Renaissance Group had been around for a number of years and had done much good work to promote the economic interests of the borough, it was time to take stock and revitalise the group’s mandate - even its name. It is a unique partnership between the Council and the businesses community, combining to champion economic growth across the borough. Though funded by the Council, it is independent when it comes to the initiatives it can take – for example sponsoring community events to attract visitors and residents to shop locally, such as street fayres, and offering help and advice to small businesses to help them succeed.

Conveying a message from the Council Leader, Cllr Louise McKinlay, who was unable to attend the event, CEO Phil Ruck said “Brentwood Council welcomes the relaunch of the Brentwood Business Partnership. It has been in existence as the Brentwood Renaissance Group and has done some excellent work over the years. But the time was right to review its remit and aims – even its name, which was not well recognised.

Brentwood Business Partnership better reflects the group’s purpose The Brentwood Business Partnership is a unique group, with representation from local retailers, the business community and the Council. Its overall aim is to support the Council in championing economic growth in Brentwood, bringing the group’s wide range of business skills and expertise together to ensure that Brentwood remains first choice for business, residents and visitors.

The Council will continue to be a strong supporter of the Partnership and we wish it well in its partnership approach to harnessing the talent which Brentwood has in abundance to ensure a strong economic future for our borough”


Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival

Now a well-established event organised by local independent book store, Chicken & Frog, the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival brings well known authors and illustrators to the town for a week long series of talks and workshops.

Shenfield Summer Jazz Afternoon

One Sunday each summer, Shenfield’s traders organise a family friendly afternoon of free live music for the community to enjoy.

Brentwood Art Trail

Part of the Essex Summer of Art, the Brentwood Art Trail gives local artists the opportunity to display their works in shops and cafés who volunteer to be ‘pop up’ art galleries for two weeks.

Crown Street Tea Party

Now a well-established event organised by local independent book store, Chicken & Frog, the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival brings well known authors and illustrators to the town for a week long series of talks and workshops.

Brentwood Pumpkin Hunt

Retailers in the town centre participate in events such as the Pumpkin Hunt and Santa Hunt, giving families the chance to follow free trails in and around the High Street.

Shenfield Easter Egg Hunt

Working together, Shenfield’s traders display Easter egg posters in their shop windows, creating a fun and interactive ‘hunt’ with donated prizes for all participants.

Refurbishment of Brentwood Finger Post Signs

Town Centre finger post signs were painted and updated to help residents and visitors more easily identify retail areas, key amenities and parking. The damaged Crown Street notice board was also replaced.

Translation and Presentation of Brentwood Medieval Market Charters

The Medieval Market Charters of 1227 and 1252 were found, translated from Latin onto vellum and the replicas presented to the Council for public display and educational projects. The two market charters were granted by Henry 111 and provide for a weekly market and annual fair.

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Brentwood Business Enterprise Centre Project

Support for joint feasibility study with Brentwood Borough Council, Essex County Council, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and Havering College to introduce an incubator business and training centre for the Borough.


Upper Shenfield

Upper Shenfield offers customers a relaxed shopping and dining experience with its mix of specialist retail shops, café, butcher, bakery and professional services. Free parking is available along Hutton Road for up to 2 hours.

Central Shenfield

Located close to Shenfield Station you will find a warm welcome from a varied range of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and hair and beauty services, customers travel from near and far to sample this niche shopping experience.

Brentwood West End

Featuring a wide range of independent shops, florists, restaurants, cafés, bars, salons, vintage clothing, and kitchen designers, this cluster encompasses the western end of the High Street, Crown Street and King’s Road.

Brentwood East End

Reaching from Wilson’s Corner down towards Crown Street, the eastern end of the town centre includes many national retailers such as Marks and Spencer, independent shops and cafés, salons, and banks.


Brentwood Borough Council funding to the Brentwood Business Partnership (BBP) involves the following process for project bid funding:

  • Bids must demonstrate how funding will meet Brentwood Borough Council’s priorities within the Vision for Brentwood, such as a thriving local economy.

  • Bids must contain a high level breakdown of how the funding will be spent to meet these priorities. Normally approved bids will receive funding at the current rate of 75%, with the bid applicant putting the balancing 25%. BBP would encourage applicants to include sponsorship funding or gifts in kind from a party/ies other than Brentwood Borough Council.

  • As part of any bid application the BBP will expect the appointment of an event/project leader to oversee the project. Project progress updates will be asked for at the BBP regular meetings and a project evaluation submitting on completion.

  • Event/project advertising and publicity must give recognition to the funding support given by the BBP and the logo where possible, supported with project/event photographs which are to be submitted to the media co-ordinator of the BBP.

How to Apply for Project Funding

  1. Download the Brentwood Business Partnership Bid application form here (in editable PDF format)

  2. Complete all required fields

  3. Email a copy to


News and Events

Get the latest local business news and learn about upcoming training courses, funding schemes, grants, and initiatives.

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Business Support

Brentwood Borough Council offer a range of business support services, including assistance in relocating to the Borough, networking groups, business support and funding, skills and employment, and the local development plan.

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Brentwood Business Partnership Resources

Brentwood Borough Council has prepared a comprehensive set of business resources, including minutes and agendas from previous meetings, and a range of neccessary forms.

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If your business is interested in sponsorsing the Brentwood Business Partnership or any of its events, please contact Mike Hawkins on