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Business support services

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

St Albans Enterprise Agency (STANTA)

Find out more about STANTA here.

City of Professional Expertise in St Albans District

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 here.

Support for employers at the University of Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Business School is one of the largest business schools in the UK. Find out how they can assist your business here.

Watford Enterprise Agency (WENTA)

Find out more about WENTA here.

The Herts Growth Hub

Information about The Herts Growth Hub and support for businesses can be found here. See their events listing page here.

Support for start-ups at The University of Hertfordshire

Supporting start-ups and small businesses, identifying opportunities for growth and taking businesses to the next level. Find out more here.

The Better Business for All Agenda

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 here. The Trading Standards pages have information for businesses.

Small Business Rate relief

Further information on all types of rate relief can be found here.

Food Standards Agency

Guidance and advice on food law can be found here.

Gambling Commission Regulator

Find information about the Gambling Commission Regulator here.

Health and Safety Executive

For information about the national regulator for health and safety matters, click here

Hertfordshire Trading Standards and Which? Trusted Traders 

For more information about local trusted traders, click here.

How to tender for Council services

The Council uses the Supply Hertfordshire procurement portal for all tender opportunities. Find out more and apply here.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Herts Industrial Strategy, business support and other information can be found here.

Herts Innovation Quarter (IQ)

Leading the development of 3 million sq ft of new commercial space. Read more here.

St Albans District Chamber of Commerce

Read about the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce here.

Oaklands College support for businesses

For information for businesses, click here.

For information about courses for adults, click here.

Federation for Small Businesses

Read about the FSB here.

The Harpenden Collective

Read about the Harpenden Collective here

TheBusinessesCommunity.Com

Find out how the Businesses Community website can help you here.

Road to Zero Strategy 

Read the strategy here.

The Carbon Trust

Read about The Carbon Trust here.

Low Carbon Workspaces

Offers small and medium-sized businesses in Hertfordshire grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to a third of the cost of making energy improvements eg. LED lighting, heating, insulation, electric vehicles and more. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Find out more information here.

Guide to preventing cyber threats

Learn how to protect your business here.

Sponsorship opportunities for employers

St Albans City and District Council operates a sponsorship scheme for a select number of roundabouts, city entrance signs and flowerbeds throughout the district. 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 for the locations at which sponsorship opportunities are available*:

TypeAreaLocationAvailability
FlowerbedSt AlbansHatfield RoadSponsored
FlowerbedSt AlbansCricketersSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansRedbourn RoadSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansHemel Hempstead RoadSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansLondon RoadSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansHarpenden RoadSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansWatling StreetAvailable
City Entrance SignSt AlbansWatford RoadSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansSt Albans Road, SandridgeSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansColney Heath LaneSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansHatfield RoadSponsored
City Entrance SignSt AlbansSandpit LaneSponsored
RoundaboutSt AlbansSt Peters StreetSponsored
RoundaboutSt AlbansHolywell HillSponsored
RoundaboutSt AlbansBatchwoodSponsored
RoundaboutSt AlbansBlue House HillSponsored
RoundaboutSt AlbansLondon Road/Highfield ParkSponsored
RoundaboutLondon ColneyColney FieldsSponsored
RoundaboutLondon ColneyLondon Colney North OrbitalAvailable
RoundaboutSt AlbansPark Street North OrbitalSponsored
RoundaboutSt AlbansThe Noke HotelSponsored
RoundaboutSt AlbansTippendellSponsored
RoundaboutHarpendenWalkers RoadSponsored
RoundaboutRedbournRedbourn ChequersAvailable
RoundaboutRedbournRedbourn BypassSponsored
RoundaboutWheathampstedStation RoadSponsored
RoundaboutWheathampstedMarford RoadAvailable

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