Supporting new and existing businesses

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

  • Business development
  • Opportunities in Skills and Employment
  • Business Rates
  • Health & Safety, environmental health, trading standards and other regulatory information
  • Selling to the Council
  • Commercial premises including incubators units
  • A picture of the local economy – Information including data and maps

Also, 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 the following:

  • Starting up a business
  • Business finance and grants
  • Tax
  • Sales and marketing,
  • IT and e-commerce
  • Business planning
  • Advice on selling on-line, and a business health
  • 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