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Business Advice and Support

Whether you are starting a business or have been running a business for many years, the chances are you will, at times, need help on specific or general issues.

On this page you will find information on organisations which can provide support, help and advice: 

BEST growth hub - support for local businesses
Essex County Council and Essex Business Support
Invest Essex
Essex Chambers of Commerce
Federation of Small Businesses
Job Centre Plus
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Business Continuity 
Business Debtline


 BEST growth hub - support for local businesses

The new BEST Growth Hub helps businesses realise their growth potential. Essex businesses of all sizes, from innovative young enterprises to long-established firms, can access a new business support service from the BEST Growth Hub.

Whether starting a new business, growing an existing business or finding funding for a new venture, the BEST Growth Hub Team is there to help you. 


Essex County Council and Essex Business Support

Visit the county council website for business services and advice.

Essex County Council have also created a separate website Essex Business Support, which provides signposts to a number of funding opportunities that exist and operate across the county, along with other areas of support and advice.


Provide confidential advice and practical support to companies wanting to establish a presence or expand in the UK. They help companies find the right premises and support them with market and supply chain information, access to professional services, skills and recruitment, academic links and networking opportunities.

They engage with existing companies to understand the challenges and opportunities affecting their competitiveness and plans for growth, and develop bespoke interventions in response to their needs. 

Essex Chambers of Commerce 

  • Essex Chambers of Commerce is a fully independent body offering a comprehensive and continuously developing range of business services.  

Federation of Small Businesses 

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. They are committed to delivering a wide range of high quality, good value business services to members of the FSB.  

FSB suggests that businesses should use the following checklist to survive these difficult times: 

  • Strengthen your unique selling proposition
  • Cut costs, streamline, don't be afraid to wield the axe everywhere in the business
  • Go on the offensive-make your product/service better and tell your customers
  • Use the business support services (see above) 
  • Make use of your own support network of accountants consultants
  • Talk to your suppliers
  • Cash flow is critical and must be protected

Customer Services Helpline: 0808 29 20 888

FSB members can contact the following Helplines for assistance:

  • Legal Helpline Tel: 08450 727 727
  • Financial Helpline Tel: 08000 193 633

Jobcentre Plus (JCP) 

Providing support with your individual staffing issues and access to a Rapid Response service for businesses making redundancies.

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) 

Providing advice and guidance on all legal issues connected to business restructuring, alternatives to redundancy or the legislation regarding making redundancies, ensuring the principles of good practice are applied to the way all staff are treated.

Business Continuity

Experience shows that businesses are more likely to survive a disaster if they have thought about it in advance and planned.

  • Go to the Business continuity webpage for more information on how to help your business plan for an emergency.

Business Debtline

Business Debtline provides free advice and resources to help people deal with their business finances and business debts. Phone 0800 197 6026 between 9am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday, or visit for debt advice and information.

External Links: 

  • Envirowise - advising businesses how to save resources and money

Contact Uttlesford District Council