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

Training and Events

  • Start and Grow offer bitesize course modules which are free and available to anyone looking to set up their own business, covers the the essentials of starting and growing your business. 

Useful websites

  • NWES offers advice and training, access to finance and mentoring for those wishing to start their own business. 
  • The Start Up Loans Company offers affordable loans and mentoring to help business startups.
  • New Anglia Growth Hub is a free and impartial service that can help your business access a range of business support services from hundreds of sources.
  • Genix provides, impartial one to one business advice and support for startup businesses as well as those considering self-employment and freelancing.
  • The GOV.UK site provides information on setting up a business.
  • Business is GREAT provides information and practical advice to make your new venture a success.
  • Start up Donut provides information on all aspects of setting up and running a business. 
  • The Prince’s Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are thinking of starting a business. 

Local Business Groups


Set up a business