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Business support and advice

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.

Book your places for two Suffolk business events this month - The Suffolk Coast Business Event 'Routes to Market' and The Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation's spring conference.

UK Trade and Industry event - Expand your E-commerce business - Norwich City Football Club, 24 March 2015 (PDF 240KB)

£250,000 left in the pot for small grants - New Anglia's small grant scheme is still taking applications for grants of between £5,000 and £25,000. There is £250,000 left to award to SMEs in Norfolk and Suffolk before 30 April 2015. An expression of interest form can be found at www.newanglia.co.uk/growing-business-fund.

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:

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.