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Useful weblinks

There are many organisations that can help you to start your own business, or offer advice to new or existing businesses. The following links provide useful information:

  • Maldon District Economic Prosperity Strategy 2013-2029 (EB068a) sets out the Council's approach to supporting local economic development
  • Maldon District Economic Prosperity Strategy Evidence Base (EB068b) sets out evidence behind the Maldon District Council's Economic Prosperity Strategy 2013-2029
  • Burnham-on-Crouch Chamber of Commerce is an independent membership body representing businesses in the Burnham-on-Crouch and Maldon District area, and is helping to create a thriving business environment for both new and existing businesses. For all enquiries contact chairman@business4burnham.org.uk
  • Department for International Trade  helps businesses export and grow into global markets. www.great.gov.uk is the government’s single destination for information on UK trade, investment, tourism and education
  • Essex Chamber of Commerce is a member organisation helping businesses from SMEs through to national and international companies to succeed. For general membership or international trade enquiries, phone the Southend office on 01702 560100 or Colchester office on 01206 765277; alternatively email: enquiries@essexchambers.co.uk
  • Federation of Small Businesses is a member organisation that offers not-for-profit small business advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in UK government
    For further information contact Sarah Lilly Email sarah.lilly@fsb.org.uk  Tel 07976 434519
  • HM Revenue and Customs is the government department responsible for assessing and collecting taxes including Corporation Tax
  • Essex County Council  offers a range of business information and support including export, licence information, DBS Checks, trading standards, procurement, venue hire etc
  • BEST Growth Hub is your first point of contact for business support helping ensure that your company flourishes by providing access to the support and services that you need
  • StartUp Britain - a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, offering inspiration, resources and guidance to help you start and grow your own business
  • Enterprising Women help business achieve the success they want, by empowering, connecting, training, inspiring, campaigning, promoting, celebrating and supporting them in whatever way they can
  • WIRE - Women in Rural Enterprise -  is the only national women's business support network for women in rural enterprise including networking, business development and rural business help
  • Civvystreet - support for those coming out of the Forces considering becoming their own boss
  • The Home Business Guide is a handbook containing information on starting and growing a business from home
  • Enterprise Nation  a supportive community of small businesses providing trusted business support, networking and business-related courses
    Gov.uk Business and Self-employed provides details about government services and information for business
  • Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright
  • The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies   provides guidance and assistance to help people set up Community Interest Companies (CICs) and assesses whether an organisation qualifies to be a CIC
  • Great Business provides sources of information and practical advice you need to make your new venture a success and connects you to expert advice and sources of information to help you build and grow your business
  • Companies House is the national home of planning and building regulations information and the national planning application service. It incorporates and dissolves limited companies, and registers company information and makes it available to the public
  • Planning Portal  is the national home of planning and building regulations information and the national planning application service
  • INVEST Essex Working with business partners, INVEST Essex deliver a ‘total solution’ that can guide and support businesses through every stage of a business relocation or expansion project, from location assessment and business planning to project completion
  • The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. www.great.gov.uk has tailored support and advice for businesses on how to start exporting or increase the amount of goods and services they sell overseas
  • DIT East of England help companies export and grow overseas. Register your interest in meeting an International Trade Adviser for free
  • Essex International find the right route to China for businesses, helping Chinese and UK organisations connect and work together
  • Mentorsme.co.uk is Britain's first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. It acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain's workplaces
  • Enterprise Europe Network  helps ambitious businesses grow internationally through their network of specialist support that you need.
  • Women in Business Network WIBN – The Women in Business Network is a national membership organisation for women offering women a forum to network their business and meet likeminded individuals.
  • Superfast Essex is the county’s broadband improvement programme co-ordinated by Essex County Council, and part of the Government’s national Superfast Britain programme. Across Essex they are working to enable as many homes and businesses as possible to access superfast broadband to enable economic growth and improve residents’ quality of life.
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