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At East Suffolk Council we recognise the importance of support at the early stages of starting up your business. Alongside specific sector support, we would recommend new businesses take a look at the following links:



For business planning, mentoring, new business skills such as social media training and marketing, account training and general start up advice, we would recommend getting in touch with MENTA.

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NWES run regular short courses and support programmes. It is worth getting in touch if you have a specific need that you wish to address such as financial training, strategy and marketing. If you are looking for some excellent business planning materials and templates, they are available on the NWES website.

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GOV.UK Logo is an excellent general resource offering businesses and the self-employed a single point of access and business information services.

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The advice team at HMRC offers a range of free service to help businesses understand tax, national insurance and VAT responsibilities.

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has launched the Start up Donut to guide new business people to a range of support processes.

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Informi has a free e-book on ‘How to start a business in 20 days’ and also a checklist to make sure you don’t miss any key steps in the process.

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Council Support

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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Business Associations

For local business associations, please visit the Business Associations and Networks page.

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