Useful Business Support Organisations

LOCAL SUPPORT

Business Buzz Hertfordshire

Business Buzz is one of the leading organisers of networking events across Hertfordshire to help you reach more people in your area as well as get involved in your local business community. Whether you’re new to business meetings or a seasoned networker, their events are all about bringing like-minded business people together to mingle, chat and do business.
 

Enterprise Zone - University of Hertfordshire
The Enterprise Zone develops solutions and strategies for all types of businesses from start-ups and SMEs to multinationals whilst inspiring students, graduates, and staff. Innovate with research and development or utilise their workspaces, business incubation, acceleration and scale-up support services.

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides first-class business support to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of membership benefits, webinars and networking events.

Hertfordshire Growth Board

The Growth Board is the way the county is working together to manage growth. The Growth Board is made up of the County Council, the 10 district and borough councils, the NHS Hertfordshire & West Essex Integrated Care System, Homes England and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Hertfordshire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is the county’s flagship business support provider. Powered by the Hertfordshire LEP, it helps local businesses by offering access to advice, resources, events and other support providers, all in one convenient place.

Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter
The Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter aims to create an internationally recognised employment zone for green businesses. 
It brings together the brightest thinking in modern construction, agri-tech, bioscience, gene technology, AI, robotics and big data, connecting innovators with their partners.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Working to accelerate business-led economic growth, unlock job creation and support the scale-up of local SMEs.

Hertfordshire Business Directory

The Hertfordshire Business Directory is an excellent resource for everything from accountants and solicitors to conference centres and office cleaning.

Social Enterprise East of England
Social Enterprise East of England supports social enterprises across the East to grow, communicate and demonstrate their impact and social value.

STANTA

STANTA is an independent Enterprise Agency which has served the business people of St Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding areas for over 30 years, with impartial advice and low-risk offices to rent in St Albans.

St Albans Business Community

A thriving community In St Albans with lots of networking events, guides and discussion.

St Albans Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber was formed in 1907 and provides a forum for business networking in St Albans and a voice for their members with the local Council and other stakeholders.

Watford Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides it's members with support, training, discounts and events.

Wenta
Wenta is a social enterprise that provides a 'one-stop-shop' for business support, particularly to startups. They can help you with everything from business advice, mentoring and training, to workspace, meeting rooms and virtual offices. All of their online services are accessible free of charge, nationally.

Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce
Welwyn and Hatfield Chamber of Commerce is a Not-for-Profit Organisation formed in 1929 to help local businesses.

 

NATIONAL SUPPORT

ACAS
ACAS gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. They also offer training and help to resolve disputes.

British Business Bank 
A government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses.

British Franchise Association 
The original and largest not-for-profit trade association for franchising in the UK.

Business in the Community

BITC is the largest and longest established business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. It was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales 40 years ago.


Companies House
The main functions of Companies House are to incorporate and dissolve limited companies; examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and make this information available to the public.

 

Enterprise Nation
A growing network of trusted business support. Find advisers, learn from in-depth content and go to local events.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Offers small business advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice for SMEs to the UK government, promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.

 

HM Revenues & Customs
For all VAT, Excise and Tax requirements for individuals, employers and businesses.


Prince's Trust
The Prince’s Trust  is a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.


Startups UK
Starting a business? They provide independent advice, tools, events and information for new businesses, start-ups, small businesses and ambitious entrepreneurs.