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Support, advice and finance

The Economic Development Team at Uttlesford District Council are on hand to offer user-friendly support and signpost you to the most relevant business advice services and finance available to help your business. Contact us at business@uttlesford.gov.uk

There are a range of external business advice and finance options available to help your business grow, purchase new equipment or start-up.  Here is just a small selection.  Contact the Economic Development team for more information.


BEST Growth Hub

The BEST Growth Hub is the first port of call for Uttlesford businesses.  Business navigators are available for free discussions to answer your questions and concerns, as well as point you in the right direction for external or government advice.

From grant finding, business support, training courses, help with recruiting apprentices and more the business navigators at the BEST Growth Hub offer one-to-one support to nurture, scale up and adapt businesses.

For more information get in touch with a BEST navigator on 0300 303 4864, email info@bestgrowthhub.org.uk or visit the website: https://southeastbusiness.org.uk/essex-southend-thurrock


National Business Helpline

Contact the Government's Business Support Helpline for free advice and guidance to new and existing businesses. Contact by phone on 0800 998 1098 or via email at enquiries@businesssupporthelpline.org


British Business Bank

Information about financial options for business, including a Finance Hub that identifies the best options for individual businesses www.british-business-bank.co.uk/finance-hub


Licences and permits

If you are developing your business into new areas you may need to apply a licence or permit go to our licenses and permits section to find out how to apply.


Digital Connectivity

Uttlesford District Council has invested £500,000 in superfast broadband infrastructure as part of the Superfast Essex programme which is set to bring faster and more reliable broadband to residents and businesses. The project will make Uttlesford one of the best connected districts in the county, and will particularly help to ensure it is a place where businesses can thrive, wherever people want to work. 98% of the District will be covered by December 2021. You can check when addresses are due to be covered by the programme at www.superfastessex.org/interactive-maps/.


Go Green

We have ideas on funding, saving money and the environment on our grants and assistance for businesses and the public sector page.


Ecommerce platform for retailers

Whether you have a physical shop or are operating from home you can join the ecommerce and delivery platform Click it Local which now operates throughout Uttlesford.


Support for businesses in the construction sector

I-Construct is a supply chain development and innovation support project designed to help local companies access opportunities in the construction market and develop new products and services within their businesses. It introduces companies to new ways of doing business, offering expertise and influence in areas as diverse as offsite construction, renewable energy, digital technology, zero-carbon targets, business development strategy, robotics, and more. https://i-construct.org.uk/


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