Support services and finance

There are a range of external business advice and finance options available to help your business grow, purchase new equipment or start-up.


ACAS offers guidance, tools and resources to help you keep up to date with employment law and good workplace practice. They can help you recruit, deal with workplace contracts, manage absence or deal with flexible working or parental leave requests

Amazon Small Business Accelerator by Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation are working with Amazon on a Small Business Accelerator programme. Online learning is tailored to your experience level, with a comprehensive curriculum covering website building, selling online, social media, marketing, managing cashflow, selling on Amazon, and identifying growth opportunities.

Backing Essex Business

Fully-funded by Essex County Council and delivered by Let's Do Business Group. Backing Essex Business work to support business growth across the county, promoting economic growth and creating jobs. They help small-to-medium-sized businesses to grow, providing 12 hours of free professional advice on finance, marketing, and recruitment. They also provide peer networking opportunities through their Group 2 Grow project.

British Business Bank

Information about financial options for business, including a Finance Hub that identifies the best options for individual businesses.

Business Debtline

If your business is experiencing financial difficulties it is important to speak to someone who can help as soon as possible. The Business Debtline is a dedicated hub to help you to find the help you need.


Colbea helps you access the advice, training and support your business needs. This includes fully funded virtual business advice sessions and workshops to assist businesses of any age with planning, cashflow, marketing, business re-alignment, COVID 19 support and much more. Their training courses are hands-on, interactive and will help you take proactive steps towards business success.

Commercial Workspace Study

A new study has been published on the the supply and demand for commercial workspace in the district.

Go Green

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

Health, wellbeing and employment advice

Information on what you can do as an employer to help prevent ill health and promote wellbeing in the workplace.

Moving goods between the UK and EU

New rules for businesses that trade with Europe have are in place.

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

NWES Business Support

NWES is a not-for-profit enterprise agency. They provide total business support to boost self-employment and encourage enterprise. They help young businesses to grow, offering support programmes, access to finance, and advice and training.

Running a business from home

Running a business from home is the norm for many startup businesses, particularly post-pandemic with more of us finding creative ways to make a living.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses works to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. It ensures the voice of small businesses is heard at the highest level across the UK, as well as providing business services and products. The Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) service partners offer services and products built from the ground up to help businesses spend more time focusing on running their business. Learn new skills, attend events, grow your support network, and get answers from professionals on topics important to your business growth needs.

The use of A-Boards

We work with local business groups including the Town Teams in Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow to help raise awareness of the proper use of A-Boards in the district

Uttlesford Citizens Advice

Can offer debt counselling and limited advice to small businesses.

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