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At East Suffolk Council, the Economic Development team has a wealth of information and business support advice that can be made available to you. There are several support pathways for growing your business ranging from grants, networking and sector support to information about training and workforce development. The Economic Development Team can also refer you to a Growth Hub Advisor. This route can be particularly beneficial as we have extensive local knowledge that a growing business would find invaluable and includes grant routes not accessed through the Growth Hub.

We would love to hear from you if you require some assistance in navigating the business support landscape:

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New Anglia Growth Hub

Developed for Suffolk and Norfolk businesses, the New Anglia Growth Hub is the portal for grant advice and training. You can contact the Growth Hub via their website.

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Invest East

A free “investor led” programme to support Norfolk and Suffolk businesses to understand and prepare to raise equity and other forms of finance.

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Great Business

Find support, advice and inspiration for growing your business from HM Government, as well as government-backed support and finance for your business. The website offers useful information under the headings of ‘Start’, ‘Grow’ and ‘Accelerate’.

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Department for International Trade

If you are looking for all aspects of advice on trading internationally, we would recommend contacting the DIT. They have specialist support programmes and a range of local events designed for businesses to navigate the landscape of international trade and commerce.

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Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors website has considerable business information and resources. Their local branch runs numerous events and works with MENTA on a mentoring scheme called Expert Connections to match business owners who are in the infancy of their business with experienced business leaders.

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce supports and represents local business interests. As the voice of the business community, Suffolk Chamber is equipped to respond on behalf of local business regarding local, national and European issues. They run a number of networking events across Suffolk from breakfasts to sector support. They also have wider information available on their website on topics such as Brexit, the Sizewell Supply Chain, trading and exporting, as well as local business news or opportunities.

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Ipswich and Small Suffolk Business Association

ISSBA has a calendar of local networking events and meet ups for small business owners. They also run the Anglia Business Exhibition.

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Federation of Small Businesses

The FSB is a membership-based organisation that can offer members a range of business services including advice, advocacy and financial expertise.

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GRANTnet is a free-to-use service that can help businesses find suitable sources of funding.

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Council Resources

If you require information on Planning, Health and Safety, Food Safety, Business Continuity, Procurement or Licensing, please consult East Suffolk Council’s website.

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