Start your business

If you are starting a new business you can find a wide range of advice and support services.

Start your business

Support and advice

If you are starting a new business you can  find a wide range of advice and support services.

  •  can help you with advice and support and they can put you in touch with other businesses in the area
  • Support is available by calling the National Business Support Line on 0300 456 3565  
  • Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy website for help with business finance, cash flow, credit and investment needs
  • GOV.UK also provides information, advice and support needed to start, maintain and grow a business
  • The BEST Growth Hub covers Essex and employs Business Navigators who work with local businesses, providing advice and information, or signposting to more specialist support
  • The Federation of Small Businesses runs a number of events in Essex and members can get information such as factsheets on starting and running a business

Licences and permits

You may need a licence or permit to run your business. Go to our Licenses and permits section to find out how to apply.


Planning permission

You might need planning permission or building regulations approval for your business. Check our Planning and building control for businesses  for more information.


Health and safety

Your business will have a legal duty to provide a safe and healthy place of work for your staff, customers, visitors and contractors. More advice about this on our  page.

Food businesses

When starting a new food business it is essential to obtain information on food safety regulations. We can help you with information on registering your food business, approved food business, food safety inspections and food safety training.


Selling to the council

Uttlesford District Council is keen to buy goods and services from local businesses, so you might want to think about doing business with us. Find out more on our procurement and tenders page.


Business rates

Business rates are charged on commercial properties. Small businesses can get a discount called 'rate relief'.

Find out more on our Business rates section or Business rates relief page.


Business waste and recycling

If you are running a business you should either arrange a collection of their rubbish from your premises using a commercial contractor or you can contact us to join our  service. 


Employing people

Get information on recruitment, retaining and training staff on our employment advice for businesses page. The GOV.UK website offers advice on employing staff for the first time.


Tax and National Insurance

The HMRC online learning course for people starting their own business can help with questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.


Other help and ideas

 are supporting budding younger start-ups in the local community.


Additional information

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