Business Support and Advice

Confused about who does what? Hertfordshire Better Regulation aims to help you contact the right regulator for your query.

Better Business For All (pdf)

The Council encourages competition and sustainability in all areas of the local economy. It actively promotes the area and offers business development and support.  The Council encourages local residents and communities to consider improvements to the local physical infrastructure and services. Support is given to local community groups in the form of advice, information and grants. More information can be found on are other pages:

Business Support - Strategy, services, directories and guides

Hertfordshire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub aims to be the go-to service for established businesses in the county, with the drive and potential to grow, helping them find and use high quality locally-sourced support and expertise.


The Growth Hub offers free of charge, one-to-one support from experts specialising in skills, finance, technology and productivity, sales and marketing and inward investment. The specialist business advisers will tailor an appropriate action plan and help you find any funding available for it. Events are regularly run across the county and some feature guest presenters and industry experts; allowing SMEs in the county free access to real world advice and insights. Contact 0844 725 5575 or

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Local businesses looking to train staff or take on new employees will find all the information and guidance they need via a free-to-use service called Skillmakers. Developed in partnership with local employers, it offers a short cut to advice on training and recruitment – including apprenticeships. Support is available online – at– and from a team of training professionals with extensive local knowledge. Speak to them for advice on: Upskilling existing staff, recruiting new staff and integrating your business into the community. 

The Skillmakers service is free to use and local businesses looking to find out more, should visit Skillmakers or contact Richard Moore on 01923 812192.

Business Support - Strategy, services, directories and guides

To facilitate local employment growth and opportunities, the Council include a range of economic and regeneration initiatives in the Local Development Framework.

Companies and organisations that are looking at potential new investment opportunities can contact our Customer Services Centre on 01923 776611 or e-mail  The Council may have commercial premises to lease, rent or sale.

Business Start-Up

  • Free support to help new businesses including workshops, one-to-one advice, incubation workspace and grants
  • Contact WENTA 01438 310150

Hertfordshire Growth Hub

  • Growth and Exporting - Projects to help companies with: overcoming barriers to growth, developing innovation, getting help with exporting, harnessing graduate talent and build links with academic expertise
  • Sectors - There are specific projects to help particularly supply chain companies involved with life sciences, film and screen industries, manufacturing, and low carbon solutions in the built environment
  • Energy Efficiency - Help with developing low carbon workspaces (pdf)
  • Skills advice for SMEs - Information, advice and guidance for SMEs around skills planning
  • For information on the four points above, please contact Hertfordshire Growth Hub will put you in touch with the right scheme for your business: 0844 725 5575

Skills for growth

There is also more help for people trying to get into work, or those wanting to develop new skills to get new jobs:

Helping unemployed people back into employment by developing vocational and employability skills

Help with financial advice and securing sustainable employment

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