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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:

  • HM’s Government’s Businesses Support helpline to help you find the right support to help your business grow.
  • 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
  • Department for International Trade helps businesses export and grow into global markets. 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:
  • 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 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
  • Backing Essex Business (BEB) is fully-funded by Essex County Council and delivered by Let’s Do Business Group, to support business growth across the county, promoting economic growth and creating jobs. 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Royal British Legion - support for those coming out of the Forces considering becoming their own boss
  • 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, trademarks 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.