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Business Support & Advice

Enabling a flourishing local economy is one of the Council's three top priorities. We have lots of information to help businesses, including how we can support existing local businesses and how we can help new businesses.

The Council's approach to sustainable growth is set out in Economic Development Vision for East Hertfordshire [4MB] .

This document identifies some of the important actions we are undertaking in order to support our local economy including measures we are taking to help businesses.

Starting a new business

For anybody who is thinking of starting up their own business Launchpad provide support and advice. More information, including online business advice and business training and development, is available on the Launchpad website.

Launchpad offers 3 months hot-desking (inc leased line fibre broadband) in a modern, flexible workspace to support you in developing and growing your business venture. With options to suit every type of business, Launchpad provides the space, business advice, expertise and culture to help your business take off.

Growing your business

Businesses with ten or more employees or a turnover of £1m or more who are seeking to grow can receive advice and help from the Hertfordshire Growth Hub. More information, including ther latest events and case studies, is available on the  Hertfordshire Growth Hub website.

We also have a Business Engagement Manager who is able to provide advice and guidance on the above or any of the grant schemes available. For more details please call 01279 655261.

Business Grants

The council has a grant scheme in place for businesses. If you meet the criteria for a grant you can apply using our online form.  For further information, please see our Business Grants page

Tourism & Business

Vist Herts is the official tourism service for Hertfordshire and provides expertise and support for attactions, accomodations and destinations across the county to raise Hertfordshire's profile as as a tourist destination, to increase visitor numbers, jobs and business opportunities.

As well as providing support through their website and social media channels, Visit Herts also provides business to business support with regular networking events and representation at trade events.

For more information, please visit the Visit Herts website.