Business support & starting up a new business

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This section contains information of use to existing and new businesses in St Albans.


St Albans Enterprise Agency (STANTA)

Providing advice on business starts-up and business growth. Tel: 01727 837760 

Energy Efficiency Grants
Up to £10k capital contribution towards energy-saving equipment. To find out more call 0207 832 4773

Hertfordshire Growth Hub
The Herts Growth Hub 
Free targeted support available. For businesses who are at least 2 years old Contact the Hertfordshire Growth Hub on 0844 725 5575 Email

St Albans City and District Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce offers members professional advisory services. Tel: 01727 863 054 hgtp://

Watford Enterprise Agency (WENTA)
Starting up a business and have a business idea? Tel: 0845 371 089 https://www.WENTA

Oaklands College
For businesses looking to recruit or employ an apprentice. 01727 737000 https://www.oaklandsapprenticeships

Oaklands College Energy Centre
Gas, plumbing and heating trades available. Contact the Energy Centre team at the St Albans Campus 01727 737 300 

Cyber Security
Protect your business now. https://www.OaklandsCollege or email
University of Hertfordshire
Support for start-ups and small businesses.  01707 286 406. 

Start or grow your own business with a government backed loan

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
An organisation which can open doors for businesses of all types and size

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Herts LEP)
Aiming to create the right conditions to “accelerate business-led economic growth in Hertfordshire” and for the County to become a world-leading economy. Tel: 01707 358744 Email:

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA)
Get a business mentor to help you develop your business idea and start trading.

Federation of Small Business
The FSB offers members a range of business services and is a powerful voice in government. Tel: 0808 2020 888

Rothamsted Research
Be part of the world class Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise community. Access site scientific facilities and services http:/ 

St Albans City of Expertise
A unique cluster of leading professional services employers in St Albans and Harpenden offering expert advice to individuals and businesses. Members include financial, legal, property and banking professionals. Find out more


Silicon Abbey Pop-up Hub. 1st to 30th July. Clarence Park, St Albans. Open to anyone interested in business start-ups; commercial or social.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) Business Start Ups. Latest statistics show that NEA support helped to launch over 150,000 businesses. The East of England region (inc St Albans) showed over 7,000 start ups. Find out more about NEA support 

Abbey Shuttle
Station to station bus. The shuttle links St Albans Abbey station to St Albans City Station via St Peters Street. Time table for the service

Low Carbon Workspace 
Offers eligible small and medium sized enterprises grants of between £1,000 and £5,000. Contact Rowan Wallis 07786 080165.
St Albans Business Improvement District (BID)
The St Albans BID went live on 1st April 2017. For more information contact:
List of eligible BID hereditaments


Jabber Networking
Jabber business to business networking. FREE to attend 10am-noon. No membership tie-in. Venue: Metrobank, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3ED Next meeting Friday 14 July.

Community Business Awards 2017
St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Finalists in the Leadership category include the Chief Executive of St Albans City and District Council, James Blake.  The Gala Dinner takes place on 28th September 2017.


Population data

Economic profile

Vacant Units March 2017 
The retail vacancy rate in the district was 2.2% in March. This information covers 10 Parishes (including the non-parished area in the City) and is extracted from the Council's business rates database. The vacancy rate for Town Centre’s in England (exc retail parks and shopping center’s) during 2016 was 11.3% according to figures from the Local Data Company.

Date of last review: 10 July 2017