Find out important information on starting your own business

If you are thinking about starting a business, buying into a business opportunity or becoming self-employed our Economic Growth team can help.  What you need to do to set up depends on your type of business, where you work and whether you want to employ staff.

We work closely with support organisations across the District and County that offer training, advice and funding. We can support you directly or we can act as a facilitator for business enquiries across the Council. For example:

  • Provide advice on starting up a new business venture
  • Give support and advice on relocating to the District or expanding to new business premises
  • Help with business planning, networking and connections with like-minded businesses

Useful websites


Local Business Groups


Set up a business