Running a  business in Epping Forest District


Epping Forest is already a great place to be, a place where people aspire to live. We want the district to be an even better place to live, work, study and do business in. And we want this to be the case in challenging and difficult times as well as more prosperous times. Central to achieving this will be a thriving, growing, diverse and successful business economy. There is a vast wealth of resources freely available to support your business venture, whether you are just starting out and need to know the basics of setting up a business and getting your idea off the ground or whether you are an established business and employer looking for advice on how to take the next step towards further growth or how to exploit opportunities to export your goods and services abroad. Within these links we hope to help you find the support and advice you need. If you have any questions about the content or would like further information, you can contact our Economic Development team on 01992 564593 or by email at economicdevelopment@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

One Business Briefing is our magazine for businesses in and around the district, covering a range of news, advice, information and business related features that we hope will be useful to you and your business whether you are starting out or looking to grow. if you would like to be added to our distribution list for an electronic copy of the magazine, please email us at economicdevelopment@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.You can download our current and previous editions here:
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. They have an enthusiastic team of Business Navigators who are able to meet you at your premises to discuss your business needs and identify ways that they can help your business grow.  They can advise you about grants or loans, help you to expand the knowledge and expertise your business has and ensure you are kept up to date with the latest Business Support opportunities available in your area.The BEST Growth Hub also hosts a website which contains free business support listings, the opportunity to search for grants and finance in your area, an up-to-date list of events for business, news and current information as well as a procurement portal that enables you to find contract opportunities. The BEST Growth Hub services are fully funded for businesses located within Essex. For more information, speak to one of their Business Navigators on 01702 417765 or visit the BEST Growth Hub website.
LoCASE is an EU/Local Authority backed grant project offered to businesses to encourage energy and cost savings and reduce carbon emissions.Small and medium enterprise (SME) businesses that are based in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region – this includes Essex, Thurrock, Southend, Kent & Medway and East Sussex - may be eligible to apply to receive business support or a grant of up to £10,000.  This is to help convert your business to more efficient energy streams that will save your business money, and allow it to grow and become more competitive.Additionally, the LoCASE scheme is there to provide support and funds to businesses in the low carbon sector to encourage growth, innovation and competiveness, and help allow this sector to better service the local business community in becoming more energy efficient.
 
To see who can apply, an eligibility test is undertaken.Please visit the LoCASE website http://locase.co.uk/ for further information and details of who to contact to apply.                   European Union - European Regional Development Fund                LoCASE logo

Gov.UK - Setting up a businessGov.UK is the Government's online resource for businesses. There is a wealth of information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader. For a selection of advice and support aimed at running a business in general in please also visit the Gov.UK Business pages

Harlow Enterprise HubHarlow Enterprise Hub provides a modern, supportive working environment for new and existing businesses. Tenants also have access to sound, impartial business advice and business support services as part of their tenancy agreement.

Harlow Business MentorsHarlow Business Mentors offers free 2 hour one-to-one business mentoring sessions to eligible pre-start businesses and those in the first year of trading. The sessions can cover any aspect of business based on what you feel would benefit you most. To understand if you are eligible and for more information visit the Harlow Business Mentors website.

Foundation EastFoundation East is a community finance company that provides loans and is a delivery partner of the Start-Up Loans Company. Are you a new business owner? Do you have a great business idea but need some funding to get your business off to a flying start? A Start Up Loan could be the right loan for you.

Invest EssexINVEST Essex is the Inward Investment and business growth agency for an area that provides one of the best strategic business locations in the UK. They are helping companies to locate and grow in the UK, near London and Cambridge through a set of free professional business relocation and growth services.

StartUp BritainStartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. They promote entrepreneurship and its benefits to the economy highlighting the support that is available to those who wish to start or grow a business.

Shell LiveWIRE Shell LiveWire is an online community for young entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30 years old. It offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK. The Shell LiveWIRE Business Library contains a wide range of free articles, tools and resources that will help you get started, or at least signpost you to the relevant information elsewhere.

Enterprise NationEnterprise Nation is a business club that designed to help you start and grow a business. Their aim, through their website, books and events, is to help people turn their good ideas into great businesses.

Community EmpowermentCommunity Empowerment Ltd offers free advice to people looking to start their own co-operative social enterprises and create employment in the UK. They will Help you in starting a sustainable and successful enterprise developed with the proven business model of co-operative values and principles.

HMRC - Starting UpHMRC provide you with guidance on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start up a business as a self-employed person, a partnership or a limited company. You will also find links to additional help and support HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) offer new businesses. Help and support for new businesses: Starting and running a business is challenging so HMRC provide a wide range of help and support to help you run your business including videos, emails, e-learning and online presentations.You will also find a range of information within the separate HMRC dropdown sections on this page.

Essex Federation of Small Businesses The Federation of Small Businesses is non-profit making and non-party political and is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. Epping Forest is further represented by the South West Essex branch of the FSB

Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme If you are interested in setting up your own business and you are aged from 18 to 30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme can help you decide whether self-employment is right for you. The Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people to work out if their business ideas are viable and  can give you:- Training to give you a taste of what you need to know and do to start your own business
- One-to-one support to help you to explore and test your idea and turn it into a business plan
- Support to apply for a low interest loan of up to £4,000 for a sole trader and up to £5,000 for a partnership to help you to start your business*
- Mentoring to help you develop your business or access other opportunities in education, training, work or volunteering

smallbusiness.co.uk (Starting A Business) SmallBusiness.co.uk provides useful resources, products and services for small business owners and start-ups. They offer free online advice in the form of news articles, guides, tips and features that can point you in the right direction to start and run your own small business. You will find advice on planning, funding and setting up a small business. Get up to date help for start ups, sole traders and entrepreneurs with ideas for a small business and how to manage your family, social and business life as a small business owner.You can also get advice and help related to Financing A Business and Running A Business.

INVEST EssexINVEST Essex is the Inward Investment and business growth agency for an area that provides one of the best strategic business locations in the UK. They are helping companies to locate and grow in the UK, near London and Cambridge through a set of free professional business relocation and growth services.

Essex Federation of Small Businesses The Federation of Small Businesses is non-profit making and non-party political and is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. Epping Forest is further represented by the South West Essex branch of the FSB.

Essex Libraries Business Information Service This service provides wide ranging information enabling research and analysis of markets, competitors, products and suppliers. If you’re thinking about setting up your own enterprise the Essex Libraries Business Information Service can provide you with access to reliable and up-to-date information to support your decisions. If you already have a particular idea, their trained staff can help you get the information you need.

Foundation East Foundation East is a community finance company that provides loans of £500 to £50,000 to businesses that have been refused a loan from the bank. People may be turned down for bank lending for a wide variety of reasons. A common problem is a poor credit score. Foundation East does not use a credit scoring system for its small business loans.  Instead, the applicant must be able to provide a strong business case for the loan, supported by the necessary documentation and financial detail.

Gov.UK - Running a businessGov.UK is the Government's online resource for businesses. There is a wealth of information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader. For a selection of advice and support specifically aimed starting a new business in please also visit the Gov.UK 'Setting up' pages.

HMRC - Running A Business Help and support for businesses: Running a business is challenging and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recognises that its customers sometimes need help to understand their tax affairs. Their website provides information about the wide range of help and support they offer to help you handle your responsibilities to HMRC easily and effectively. It's worth spending a bit of time understanding what you need to do, when, and putting the right processes in place - it saves a lot of time and effort later on.You will also find a range of information within the separate HMRC dropdown sections on this page.

Mentorsme Mentorsme.co.uk is Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services. The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage of their business and their location in Britain.

smallbusiness.co.uk (Running A Business)SmallBusiness.co.uk provides useful articles, guides and tips on running your small business. Covering Business Management, Technology, Sales, Marketing and Legal Advice as well as employing staff, working from home, insurance and buying and selling a small business.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)If you are a company based in Essex the first step to successful exporting is to contact UKTI East. UKTI East exists to support companies in the East of England that want to trade and invest overseas.

For generic advice on business start ups visit the HMRC Start Your Own Business elearning resource.The topics covered include:•How and when to tell HMRC that you have started self-employment
•The type of National Insurance contributions you may have to pay as a self-employed person
•The type of business records you may need to keep
•Business expenses and tax allowances for the self-employed
•Signing up for Self Assessment Online
•How and when to pay your Income Tax and National Insurance to HMRC
•Growing your business, including VAT and taking on staffThey also have guidance on the what you need to consider when Becoming An EmployerHMRC also offer a number of similar Start Your Own Business and Tax Advice Guides that are industry specific guides. They look in more detail at some of the subtle characteristics of and important requirements of individual business sectors and organisations and they can be accessed using the links below.

Driving InstructorsSYOB for Driving Instructors Association (DIA)SYOB for Motor Schools Association (MSA)

BookkeepersSYOB for Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Construction Industry – Tax Advice For Specific Professional BodiesGeneral Construction IndustryFMB – Federation of Master BuildersCITB – Construction Industry Training BoardPDA – Painting and Decorating AssociationECA – Electrical Contractors AssociationNAPIT - National Association of Professional Inspectors & TestersL4T – Logic for TrainingCAI – Trade Association for Content DeliveryIOR – Institute of Roofing

ChildmindersGeneric ChildmindersNCMA – National Childminding Association

Farmers and AgricultureFarming NFULANTRA – National Training Organisation for Land Based IndustriesYour Agriculture Business

MiscellaneousTax for DentistsGPsHospital ConsultantsFoster CarersShared Lives CarersHair and BeautySports BusinessesExporting Goods UKTITrading within the EU UKTI

Online seminars for businesses and the self-employedHMRC provide a range of online seminars such as business expenses for the self-employed, operating PAYE in real time, statutory sick pay, VAT awareness and many more.

Budgeting for Tax and National Insurance ContributionsThe Ready Reckoner Calculator is a new tool available through the HMRC website to provide guidance as to how much money to set aside for Tax/National Insurance.

Record Keeping and Simpler Income Tax applications and softwareThe HMRC also have a list of apps suitable for record keeping on the go. Please note however that HMRC cannot recommend or endorse any one product or service over another and will not be responsible for any loss, damage, cost or expense in connection with using this software. HMRC has not carried out any testing of the listed applications and does not carry out any form of security testing of developer products or services. Customers are encouraged to ask their suppliers for information about the security aspects of the products and services they provide.

Epping Forest Chamber of CommerceEpping Forest Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit organisation run by elected business people, for the benefit of local business people and the community. The Chamber offers, amongst other member services, regular breakfast meetings to provide networking and learning opportunities.

Essex Federation of Small BusinessesThe Federation of Small Businesses is non-profit making and non-party political and is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.Lobbying: Our lobbying arm - led by the Westminster Press and Parliamentary office - applies pressure on MPs, Government and Whitehall and puts the FSB viewpoint over to the media. The FSB also has Press and Parliamentary Offices in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast to lobby the devolved assemblies. Development Managers work alongside members in our regions to further FSB influence at a regional level.Member Benefits: In addition, Member Services is committed to delivering a wide range of high quality, good value business services to members of the FSB. These services will be subject to continuing review and will represent a positive enhancement to the benefit of membership of the Leading Business Organisation in the UK. See the full range of FSB benefits.Vision: A community that recognises, values and adequately rewards the endeavours of those who are self employed and small business owners within the UK.Epping Forest is further represented by the South West Essex branch of the FSB

Invest EssexProviding a free, bespoke and confidential service Invest Essex's role is to work directly with companies seeking to identify a profitable business location in the UK enabling them to take full commercial advantage of the UK’s largest market opportunity as quickly and efficiently as possible.

INVEST Essex is the Inward Investment and business growth agency for an area that provides one of the best strategic business locations in the UK, helping companies to locate and grow in the UK, near London and Cambridge through a set of free professional business relocation and growth services.

Visit Essex - (Essex County Council)Assistance for tourism businesses, including support with marketing and promotions, quality issues and other key business issues.Visit Essex is the official tourism organisation and the only body specifically marketing the whole of the county to the visitor market. They work with visitor attractions, leisure/activity providers, accommodation establishments and other tourism related businesses (including the travel trade, media and wider partners), to ensure that the county remains a leading visitor destination.Their work encompasses major marketing campaigns, high profile PR work, business support, and the management and promotion of the official Visit Essex brand. Visit Essex will ensure that the county gets the recognition it deserves as a desirable place to visit in the 21st century. They will work closely with partners to develop a sustainable tourism offering for the future, identify new markets and harness visitors at the county's major gateways of Stansted, Harwich, Southend and Tilbury.Contact details and information.
Telephone on 01245 437305
Visit Essex website (EXTERNAL LINK - http://www.visitessex.com/)

Procurement Agency For EssexThe Procurement Agency for Essex (PAE) represents 14 member local authorities and the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (plus two associate members) in the county of Essex. It works to promote and facilitate collaborative procurement across Essex. The PAE portal brings buyers into direct contact with suppliers for all the products and services purchased by the public sector across Essex

A key step in successfully establishing your business is finding the right premises from which to operate. Whether you want a small retail outlet, a high-tech industrial unit or a well-serviced, professional office complex, locating premises that your business will be able to sustain and from which it can prosper, is vital.As a council we own a number of business premises, from high street retail outlets to public houses to industrial estates. If you would like to find out more about these premises, please visit our Property Portfolio web page.There are also many other businesses and organisations which provide business and industrial units for commercial use. INVEST Essex is Essex County Council's inward investment agency, promoting Essex as an outstanding business destination and helping existing and potential investors make the most of our strategic location, thriving business environment, and quality of life. They operate the INVEST Essex Property Portal which enables you to access up to date information on available property across Essex including, office, industrial, land etc.

Energy can be a considerable cost for any business, usually between 10% and 30% of your turnover, depending on your industry.You can download information on how to save energy in your business here:You can download information on grants, loans and payments for energy efficient equipment in your business here:


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Email: economicdevelopment@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

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