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You might be interested in the following business information

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation for companies providing support through a range of membership benefits and networking opportunities. The organisation represents its members’ interests to local and central government and offers a training and events programme throughout the year.

Hertfordshire Libraries

Hertfordshire Libraries offer an information service to support business start-up and small business growth including market research and company information. Resources available include FAME, Mintel, MarketLine, COBRA, Mi Ventures and British Standards Online.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a business-led partnership between local businesses, academia, voluntary organisations and local government with a remit to boost the local economy and create new jobs.

Hertfordshire Trading Standards

Find out more about Hertfordshire Trading Standards whose role is to safeguard the interests of consumers and the county’s business community.

Motivating Mum

This is the East Hertfordshire branch of Motivating Mum UK an organisation set up to provide support, advice and networking events for mums in business. This group provides informal, supportive, child-friendly and term-time only networking and business information events, to mums and women in business, thinking about starting up or working from home.


STANTA is an independent Enterprise Agency serving the business people of St Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding areas. It is a not- for- profit organisation providing business advice and training to help local people start, grow and develop successful businesses. STANTA also offers low-risk offices to rent in St Albans.


Wenta is an independently funded not-for-profit organisation founded in 1983 to encourage business start-ups and support small businesses. Wenta offers a variety of services, including one-to-one and online business start-up advice and guidance, business training and development opportunities, business centre premises and education programmes.

Information last updated 02 November 2017

National information

Companies House

If you’re starting up you’ll find information about your need to register your business, how to check if a name is available, when to file accounts, and lots more. All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House. 

Federation of Small Business

The main organisation for small business in the UK, the FSB promotes and protects the interests of the self-employed and small business owners within the UK. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. 

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust operates an Enterprise Programme providing money and support to help young people start up in business. The site also features an “A-Z of Young Businesses”, and a Business Finder. Useful resources and links. 

Setting up a business

Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you’re self-employed or a sole trader. An essential starting point. 

Shell LiveWire

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) in the UK. The site contains lots of useful tools and links, including how to write a business plan. Registration allows access to more resources. 

UK Intellectual Property Office 

Many entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses forget about their intellectual property. The Intellectual Property Office helps you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention, no matter how big or small, from trade marks to patents, designs to copyright.