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Business support and advice

New Anglia LEP business roadshow - in Lowestoft on Wednesday 23 April - get help understanding and accessing Government grants, funding and finance options, free training and free business advice.

Growing Business Fund - are you a SME with plans to expand in the near future and create more jobs?

Join the destination management organisation for Suffolk tourism businesses - would you like your business to become part of a network which aims to boost the visitor economy along this beautiful coastline?

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.

Managing your business after a flood

If your business has been affected by the recent floods please read the following advice:

New Anglia Business Information Portal

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has developed an online business information portal for Suffolk and Norfolk companies bringing together local and national business support information from hundreds of different sources:

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.