Business support services
St Albans Business Summit 2020
The Business Summit took place on Wednesday 11th November.
A report back and copies of the slides will be added on the link below during week beginning 23rd November.
Advice for Employers Considering Redundancies
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
The first placements are likely to be available from November. Funding will cover for each job placement: 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week the associated employer National Insurance contributions employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.
Looking to apply for the Kickstart Scheme? Will you create less than 30 placements?
If you are looking to apply for the scheme but will create less than 30 placements, you will require the support from an intermediary in order to submit your application.
As the central point of access for business support in Hertfordshire, the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership would like to gain an understanding of the number of SMEs that will require this support in order to submit their application. To help us do this, please click here to complete our short initial interest form.
Information and support for business start-ups and existing businesses looking to grow
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Toggle accordion
A range of information and links with support and advice for businesses
Herts Industrial Strategy, business support and other information can be found here.
The Herts Growth Hub Toggle accordion
The Herts Growth Hub's COVID-19 (Coronavirus) business resource webpage can be found here.
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 here.
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 here.
Watford Enterprise Agency (WENTA) Toggle accordion
A wide range of information and resources to help you start and grow your business.
Find out more about WENTA here.
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 here.
Oaklands College support for businesses Toggle accordion
Federation of Small Businesses Toggle accordion
Read about the FSB here.
Small Business Rate relief Toggle accordion
Further information on all types of rate relief can be found here.
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 here.
Guide to preventing cyber threats Toggle accordion
Learn how to protect your business here.
'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 support for SMEs needing help with business continuity or employee wellbeing; and community groups needing help with food, technology or social care due to coronavirus.
Peer Networks Toggle accordion
Hertfordshire Growth Hub have launched their new Peer Networks initiative for small business leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.
The Peer Networks programme is a Hertfordshire Growth Hub service delivered by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, one of the 3 Hertfordshire Growth Hub Consortium Partners.
The newly launched programme creates diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, this enables the discussion of challenges and provides valuable feedback to implement practical solutions to overcome them.
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 here.
St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Toggle accordion
Read about the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce here.
The Harpenden Collective Toggle accordion
Members only workspace and coworking community for businesses and individuals.
Read about the Harpenden Collective here.
TheBusinessesCommunity.Com Toggle accordion
Find out how the Businesses Community website can help you here.
Information on regulations and Trading Standards
Food Standards Agency Toggle accordion
Guidance and advice on food law can be found here.
Gambling Commission Regulator Toggle accordion
Find information about the Gambling Commission Regulator here.
Health and Safety Executive Toggle accordion
For information about the national regulator for health and safety matters, click here.
Hertfordshire Trading Standards Toggle accordion
The Trading Standards pages have information for businesses.
Which? Trusted Traders in Hertfordshire Toggle accordion
For more information about local trusted traders, click here.
The Better Business for All Agenda Toggle accordion
Road to Zero Strategy Toggle accordion
Strategy to reduce emissions from road vehicles and move towards zero emissions.
Read the strategy here.
The Carbon Trust Toggle accordion
Advice to help you navigate the risks and opportunities of climate change.
Read about The Carbon Trust here.
Low Carbon Workspaces Toggle accordion
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.
Green Energy Grants
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are now available to help fund up to a third of the cost of many different energy saving measures such as insulation, LED lighting, energy efficient boilers, air-source heat pumps and electric vehicles.
Low Carbon Workspaces helps small to medium sized enterprises in Hertfordshire identify energy reduction opportunities and subsidises the cost of energy efficiency solutions. The programme has already supported over 150 businesses in Hertfordshire including recent grants for refrigeration at The Stickleback Fish Company and cooling pumps at Lush Heat Treatment.
Herts Innovation Quarter (IQ) Toggle accordion
Leading the development of 3 million sq ft of new commercial space. Read more here.
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 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*:
|Flowerbed||St Albans||Hatfield Road||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Redbourn Road||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Hemel Hempstead Road||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||London Road||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Harpenden Road||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Watling Street||Available|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Watford Road||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||St Albans Road, Sandridge||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Colney Heath Lane||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Hatfield Road||Sponsored|
|City Entrance Sign||St Albans||Sandpit Lane||Sponsored|
|Roundabout||St Albans||St Peters Street||Sponsored|
|Roundabout||St Albans||Holywell Hill||Sponsored|
|Roundabout||St Albans||Blue House Hill||Sponsored|
|Roundabout||St Albans||London Road/Highfield Park||Sponsored|
|Roundabout||London Colney||Colney Fields||Sponsored|
|Roundabout||London Colney||London Colney North Orbital||Available|
|Roundabout||St Albans||Park Street North Orbital||Sponsored|
|Roundabout||St Albans||The Noke Hotel||Sponsored|
*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.
Event sponsorship Toggle accordion
St Albans District Council holds three major community events each year:
- The Alban Street Festival (Sunday 21 June 2020)
- St Albans Feastival (Sunday 27 September 2020)
- St Albans Christmas Cracker (Sunday 15 November 2020)
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 email@example.com.
Trading opportunities for businesses
If you would like to apply for a market stall:
Go to the online application form for a stall at St Albans Charter Market
Go to the online application form for a stall at St Albans Farmers Market
If you would like to apply to trade at one of the community events:
Apply via the online event stallholder application form