Business advice

The Economic Development Team, as well as other departments in the council, offer a range of information useful for new and existing businesses, including:

  • business development
  • opportunities in skills and employment
  • business rates advice
  • health and safety, environmental health, trading standards and other regulatory information
  • selling to the council
  • commercial premises including incubators units
  • investment profiles of local centres

Expertise and advice

In addition, we can put businesses in touch with partner organisations and support services which have expertise on all aspects of business and can give detailed advice and guidance to suit individual needs. This covers a range of areas, including:

  • starting up a business
  • business finance and grants
  • tax
  • sales and marketing
  • IT and e-commerce
  • business planning
  • advice on selling on-line
  • business mentoring and training, seminars and business support services
  • developing your workforce
  • recruitment
  • business news and policy
  • legal and financial advice
  • information on local trading and networking

For information on all aspects of starting up and trading, view the GOV.UK Business and self-employed webpage.

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