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Yes, completely free. We’re funded by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), and the EU, so we don’t need to charge for the support we give you, or take commission from anyone. That means we can be completely impartial and honest, giving you the very best advice for your specific situation. You can work with us on a regular basis too, as your business grows and changes – there’s no time limit.
This is a really common question, and the answer is maybe. We’re lucky enough to live in a region with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. That’s obviously great for our communities, but it does mean we’re not a priority area for Government business grants. At the moment there are two grant schemes available for businesses in rural parts of Hertfordshire, or businesses working on innovation projects. They are competitive and your project or plan will be assessed against others. You can find out more by getting touch with a member of the team. Of course, things change all the time, so to make sure you don’t miss out on new funding opportunities as they arise, just sign up to our e-newsletter.
Of course. Our specialist finance adviser Martin Carr can take a strategic view of your business and explore the funding opportunities available to you. It may be that simple changes can free up cash flow and mean you don’t need to borrow. But if you do, Martin can help you find the most appropriate, affordable way to do so. You can find out more on our Finance page or by contacting Martin Carr.
Of course you can, but if you want some help navigating what’s on offer, how much it might cost and what funding could be available, we offer free, impartial advice and support. There are lots of organisations out there, and it can be confusing finding the right option for you. Our advisers have a really in-depth understanding of the wealth of different schemes, grants, subsidies and suppliers on offer – and we talk to you about where you want to take your business. Because we’re impartial we can match your needs to the right support. Above all, we’re a completely free service and working with us can save you a lot of time and effort.
We’re here to help established businesses in Hertfordshire to grow. So, to access our free, impartial support you’ll need to have been in business for at least two years, have a team of five or more people, and have real potential to achieve even more.
We help businesses grow. Our advisers do that by working closely with you to understand your position and potential, then help you decide exactly what your next steps should be. They offer free, expert advice and support, as well as helping you find the best local organisations to deliver what you need. That might be a research institute who can help you with an innovation project, a training company who can develop your people, a design agency who can create a website or an investor who can inject much-needed funds. We’re completely impartial, so whatever solutions we suggest are based on your specific needs, and nothing else. We’ll also keep working with you over the long term, making sure the projects we helped you start really come to fruition, and helping you plan the next stage of your growth too.