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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

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. 

More information about the summit

Advice for Employers Considering Redundancies 

Click Here

Kickstart Scheme

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.

Find out More

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

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

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

For information for businesses, click here.

For information about courses for adults, click here.

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.

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:

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 and

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

Aims to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, support growth and help regulators to better understand the challenges businesses face. Contact or find out more here.


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.

Find out more 


New developments

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*:

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.

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

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