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Business support services

Important Update

Details of service updates and business support can be found on the links below:

Our page with information on COVID-19 grants, financial support and guidelines for businesses:

COVID-19 Business Support

For updates on Council services and useful links

St Albans Council COVID-19 page

Advice for Employers Considering Redundancies 

Advice for Employers

Information and support for business start-ups and  existing businesses looking to grow

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Toggle accordion

"LEPs are responsible for producing a Strategic Economic Plan for their area, identifying barriers and solutions to growth and working with local partners to improve their business environment. Our vision is to accelerate business-led economic growth in Hertfordshire, and for Hertfordshire to become a world-leading economy."

A range of information and links with support and advice for businesses, Herts Industrial Strategy, business support and other information can be found on the Hertfordshire LEP website.

The Herts Growth Hub Toggle accordion

Whether you're starting out, getting ready for the future or looking to scale up, the Hertfordshire Growth Hub will get you access to the right support, when you need it and work together with you to make things happen. Hertfordshire Growth Hub is part of Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership – a business-led body driving economic growth across the county.

Information about The Herts Growth Hub and support for businesses can be found on their website at https://www.hertsgrowthhub.com. See their events listing page at https://www.hertsgrowthhub.com/events/.

St Albans Enterprise Agency (STANTA) Toggle accordion

The STANTA Start Up resource centre has a wide range of information on the legal and practical things you need when starting up a business.

Find out more about STANTA on their website at https://stanta.startupinfohub.co.uk/.

Watford Enterprise Agency (WENTA) Toggle accordion

WENTA is a social enterprise that provides a 'one-stop-shop' for business support. They can provide you with a wide range of information and resources to help you start and grow your business including business advice, mentoring and training.

Find out more about WENTA on their website at https://wenta.co.uk/.

Support for employers at the University of Hertfordshire Toggle accordion

Hertfordshire Business School is one of the largest business schools in the UK. Find out how they can assist your business on their website at https://www.herts.ac.uk/study/schools-of-study/business/for-business.

Support for start-ups at The University of Hertfordshire Toggle accordion

Supporting start-ups and small businesses, identifying opportunities for growth and taking businesses to the next level. Find out more at https://www.herts.ac.uk/enterprise-zone/business-support/business-incubation.

Oaklands College support for businesses Toggle accordion

Oaklands College is a further education college in Hertfordshire with campuses in Welwyn Garden City and St Albans, and a further training provision in Borehamwood. Oaklands college can support your business in employing an apprentice, more details can be found at https://www.oaklands.ac.uk/study/apprenticeships/employers/.

Oaklands College also offers courses for adults, for more information go to https://www.oaklands.ac.uk/study/school-leavers/course-finder/?filter=adultLearner.

Federation of Small Businesses Toggle accordion

Federation of Small Business (FSB) is a not-for-profit business organisation that campaigns on issues important to smaller businesses, offers legal, tax and employment advice and protection, funding platform, and discounted business services.  

FSB representative for St Albans district: Loreta.Lingyte@fsb.org.uk, mobile 07464 892681.  

Find out more about FSB membership benefits here: https://www.fsb.org.uk/join-us/membership.html 

Find out more about FSB’s policy work here: https://www.fsb.org.uk/media-centre.html 

Small Business Rate relief Toggle accordion

Some properties are eligible for discounts from the local council on their business rates. This is called business rates relief. Further information on all types of rate relief can be found at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-business-rate-relief.

How to tender for Council services Toggle accordion

The Council uses the Supply Hertfordshire procurement portal for all tender opportunities. Find out more and apply at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/supplyhertfordshire/aspx/Tenders/Current.

Guide to preventing cyber threats Toggle accordion

Grant Thornton provides proactive cyber services to confidently manage evolving risk. Learn how to protect your business at https://www.grantthornton.co.uk/services/cyber/.

'Business in the Community' - getting and offering practical help Toggle accordion

'Business in the Community' has distilled some of the Government's COVID19 support packages for small businesses into a checklist with tips on what's available and how to access them.

If your business can offer support to save and change lives during the COVID19 pandemic, visit the 'Business in the Community' National Business Response Network platform. If you can offer professional support, lend/donate resources or logistics then here's your way to help the coronavirus response.

'Business in the Community' is offering for SMEs needing help with business continuity or employee wellbeing; and community groups needing help with food, technology or social care due to coronavirus.    

The Healthy Hub Toggle accordion

Healthy Hub St Albans District offers free information, advice and support to help you stay healthy and well.

The Hub works with a range of professionals who can help you get the right service for your needs.

Please visit us at: https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/healthy-hub.

Membership organisations

St Albans district and Hertfordshire based organisations you can join to network and share advice and expertise.

St Albans Business Improvement District (BID) Toggle accordion

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are private sector led, public sector supported, partnerships. They aim to revitalise their communities by delivering projects and services into the public realm within the BID area. St Albans BID is a not for profit company operating within a defined geographical area in St Albans City centre. It aims to provide additional services to people who live and work in the City Centre. It is largely funded by a levy from approximately 500 businesses in its designated area that totals around £450,000 a year. For further information see www.stalbansbid.com and www.enjoystalbans.com

City of Professional Expertise in St Albans District Toggle accordion

St Albans City of Expertise. Advice and information from professional service experts: legal, chartered engineering, chartered accountants, financial expertise/banking, planning and surveying. Find out more at http://cityofexpertise.com/.

St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Toggle accordion

Read about the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce on their website at http://www.stalbans-chamber.co.uk/.

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce Toggle accordion

Read about the Herts Chamber on their website at https://www.hertschamber.com/.

The Harpenden Collective Toggle accordion

Members only workspace and coworking community for businesses and individuals.

Read about the Harpenden Collective at https://www.theharpendencollective.co.uk/.

TheBusinessesCommunity.Com Toggle accordion

Find out how the Businesses Community website can help you at https://stalbans.thebusinessescommunity.com/.

Information on regulations and Trading Standards

Food Standards Agency Toggle accordion

Guidance and advice on food law can be found at http://www.food.gov.uk/.

Gambling Commission Regulator Toggle accordion

Find information about the Gambling Commission Regulator at http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/.

Health and Safety Executive Toggle accordion

For information about the national regulator for health and safety matters, visit https://www.hse.gov.uk/

Hertfordshire Trading Standards Toggle accordion

The Hertfordshire County Council Trading Standards pages have information for businesses and consumers.

Which? Trusted Traders in Hertfordshire Toggle accordion

For more information about local trusted traders, go to https://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/for-traders/hertfordshire.

The Better Business for All Agenda Toggle accordion

Aims to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, support growth and help regulators to better understand the challenges businesses face. Contact bbfa@hertfordshire.gov.uk or find out more at https://www.hertfordshirelep.com/business/better-business-for-all/.

Sustainability

Road to Zero Strategy Toggle accordion

Strategy to reduce emissions from road vehicles and move towards zero emissions.

Read the Road to Zero strategy.

The Carbon Trust Toggle accordion

Advice to help you navigate the risks and opportunities of climate change.

Read about The Carbon Trust at https://www.carbontrust.com/what-we-do.

Available grant schemes

Outline of available grants by the Herts growth hub

Please note access to grant funding will be dependent upon the eligibility criteria for each of the schemes. To find out more, please register on the Hertfordshire Growth Hub Website. Once registered you will be able to find more information on all the above schemes using GrantFinder - the Hertfordshire Growth Hub's online funding portal which you’ll find in the Knowledge Bank.

 

New developments

Herts Innovation Quarter (IQ) Toggle accordion

Herts Innovation Quarter (IQ) is "leading the development of 3 million sq. ft. of new commercial space into a zero carbon, digitally connected workplace". Herts IQ offers work spaces from offices to industrial units.

According to their website, Herts IQ is an "Enterprise Zone with a clear vision for the future and the generations to come, we encourage smart, sustainable transport, a high build quality across all new developments and the adoption of low carbon operations. We also support strong engagement with the community we live and work in."

Read more at https://www.herts-iq.co.uk/.

Sponsorship opportunities for employers

There are multiple opportunities for sponsorship, including roundabouts around the district and our three community street festivals, which attract over 16,000 people to each event.

Roundabout Sponsorship Toggle accordion

St Albans City and District Council operates a sponsorship scheme for a select number of roundabouts, city entrance gateway signs and flowerbeds throughout the district. We also offer a select number of roundabouts for sponsorship throughout Hertsmere, on behalf of Hertsmere Borough Council.

Example of a roundabout, flowerbed and city entrance gateway sign available for sponsorship

The traffic flow rate at these sites is considerably high, making them strategic points for advertisement. Sponsorship enables organisations to promote their company via advertisement signs at these locations. Prices vary between £500 and £5000 per annum and the income generated helps maintain the district’s roundabouts and flowerbeds to a high standard.

Please see below the sites at which sponsorship opportunities are available throughout both St Albans City and District, and also Hertsmere, as of 10.03.2022*:

St Albans City and District

SiteTypeAreaAvailability
Roundabouts

Batchwood

Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

Bluehouse Hill

Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

Holywell Hill

Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

London Colney Fields

Roundabout

London Colney

Sponsored

London Colney North Orbital

High Speed Roundabout

London Colney

Sponsored

London Road / Highfield Park Drive

Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

Marford Road

Roundabout

Wheathampstead

Unavailable

Park Street / M10

High Speed Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

Redbourn Bypass

Roundabout

Redbourn

Sponsored

Redbourn Chequers

Roundabout

Redbourn

Sponsored

St Peters 

Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

Station Road

Roundabout

Wheathampstead

Sponsored

The Noke

High Speed Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

Tippendell Lane

High Speed Roundabout

St Albans

Sponsored

Walkers Road

Roundabout

Harpenden

Sponsored

Flowerbeds
Cricketers FlowerbedSt AlbansSponsored
Hatfield RoadFlowerbedSt AlbansSponsored

City Entrance Gateway Signs

Colney Heath Lane

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

Harpenden Road

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

Hatfield Road

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

Hemel Hempstead Road

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Available

London Road

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

Redbourn Road

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

Sandpit Lane 

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

St Albans Road, Sandridge

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

Watford Road

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

Watling Street

City Entrance Gateway Sign

St Albans

Sponsored

 

You can view the location of each of these sites on the St Albans City and District Roundabout Location Map.

Hertsmere

Site

TypeAreaAvailability
Roundabouts

A1 Junction, Newark Green

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Sponsored

Aldenham Road / Bushey Grove Leisure

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Sponsored

Centennial Way

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Sponsored

Furzehill Road / Barnet Road / Farriers Way

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Available

Shenley Road / Tesco / McDonalds

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Sponsored

South Mimms Services

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Available

St Peters Triangle

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Available

Trotters Bottom

Roundabout

Hertsmere

Available

 

You can view the location of each of these sites on the Hertsmere Roundabout Location Map.

If you are a local organisation or company interested in sponsoring one of these roundabouts, flowerbeds or city entrance gateway signs, please contact roundabouts@stalbans.gov.uk for further information and for prices.

*If the site at which you wish to advertise is currently already sponsored, please contact the Parks and Green Spaces Team at roundabouts@stalbans.gov.uk to be added to a waiting list. Sponsorship contracts are reviewed annually in April.

Event sponsorship Toggle accordion

St Albans District Council holds three major community events each year:

  • The Alban Street Festival (Sunday 25 June 2023)
  • St Albans Food and Drink street 'Feastival' (Sunday 24 September 2023)
  • St Albans Christmas Cracker (Sunday 19 November 2023)

Attendance at our events continues to be strong, with each one attracting in excess of 16,000 visitors.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities at our community events, please contact events@stalbans.gov.uk.

Trading opportunities for businesses

Markets:

Find out more about trading at St Albans Charter Market at https://www.stalbans.gov.uk/trade-st-albans-markets. You can also find links on how to trade at other markets at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to apply to trade at one of the community events:

All the information about applications, policies, closing dates for applications is on our Events Trader Information Page.

Visit our Events Trader Information page

If you would like to be notified when the next application window opens, please email festivaltraders@stalbans.gov.uk with subject line "trader contact list".