The Economic Development staff can advise businesses and those intending to establish a business, particularly about commercial land and property requirements, company information, labour market and European matters as part of the business link.
Where can I find business opportunities within the area?
A number of key development sites exist within the Borough. E-mail the Economic Development staff.
What taxes will I have to pay?
You may need to contact the Inland Revenue regarding tax and National Insurance contributions.
Do I need planning permission?
Planning holds a balance between the need for new development and the need to protect the environment and tries to ensure all development is environmentally sustainable. Construction methods also need to comply with Building Regulations for which there is a separate set of approvals.
Do I need a licence?
Many businesses require a licence for example, hairdressers, pet shops and places of public entertainment.
What standards do I need to abide by?
Trading Standards Section is a Local Authority service contributing to the well-being of the local and business community through its enforcement activities and advisory services. Trading Standards have more information about their work, fact sheets that may be relevant to your business and for advice on weights and measures.
Will I need to pay business rates?
Contact our Business Rates section for advice and information.
Where can I get rid of trade waste?
This service is available to all commercial and industrial premises in the Borough. The Council also carries out commercial work for local businesses.
How do I recruit staff?
Jobcentre Plus is a free service, specifically designed to make your recruitment process run smoothly, whatever the scale.