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Business support and advice

Free live webinars from HMRC in July 2015 - HMRC is offering a range of webinars to support businesses - helping to make tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler.

Free research for small Suffolk businesses planning to grow - the University of Essex is offering up to £5,000 to eligible small and medium businesses (less than 250 employees) to pay for specialist knowledge and advice from university experts.

Growing Suffolk Businesses - local workshops, seminars and events offered by Menta, the Suffolk Enterprise Agency.

Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme - is open for applications from SMEs for grants of up to £3,000 to upgrade to faster, better broadband.

The Business Bulletin - sign-up for Suffolk Coastal's new quarterly email bulletin for business.

Business news - round up of the latest news for local businesses.

Suffolk Coastal's Economic Services team

Suffolk Coastal's Economic Services team offers advice and guidance for new and existing businesses and can help to put you in touch with relevant business organisations within the area. You can contact us by calling 01394 444239 and by emailing economicservices@eastsuffolk.gov.uk.

New Anglia Growth Hub

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has developed the New Anglia Growth Hub to provide support for businesses and those wishing to start their own business. The Growth Hub brings together a range of local and national business support from hundreds of sources. It is free and there to help you find help on subjects ranging from finance to exporting, resource efficiency to contract opportunities:

'Green' business advice and support

Confused by green issues? Unsure what you could do to cut costs and save energy? There's plenty of advice out there, whether you're just starting to reduce your energy consumption, are looking for new ideas or have a specific plan in mind.

Thomson Local business resources

Thomson Local have created a one-stop business resource hub, which includes advice on how to start a business from scratch, advice on securing funding and in-depth guides on several popular sectors:

East Suffolk Partnership

The East Suffolk Partnership (ESP) came into being on 1 April 2012 after a review of the Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Local Strategic Partnerships. The ESP brings together organisations from the public, business, community and voluntary sectors to support each other and work together to achieve common priorities. The ESP's key priorities include building on economic prosperity, growth and infrastructure development and ensuring people have the skills to meet employment opportunities.

For more information about the work of the ESP visit www.eastsuffolkpartnership.org.uk.

You can download a leaflet with useful information about where to go for business advice and information in East Suffolk (PDF 202KB).

Government support and advice for business

GOV.UK is the new website for government services and information which has replaced Directgov and Business Link. It gives information and advice about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader - www.gov.uk.

Business support organisations

Business associations

Many of Suffolk Coastal’s towns and commercial areas have designated business associations that support their members through networking events and regular meetings.