Business Advice

Help for Start Ups and Existing Businesses

Research shows that a business that uses professional external advice is likely to increase its turnover and profitability more than one that doesn't.

Harnessing the benefits of the range of business support services available in the market is a huge task for any business owner; time to understand, research and select what best suits their business needs now and for the future.

GOV.UK is government's online resource for businesses.

It contains essential information, support and services for you and your business - whether you work for a large organisation or are on your way to starting up.

Simple to use, up to date and practical, GOV.UK is the first place to go to find guidance on regulations and to access government services. It also has a number of useful online tools, calculators, and best practice case studies; and provides access to funding options, as well as wider support.

The GOV.UK website allows you to:

For more services, help and support please visit the GOV.UK website

FREE digital and business skills training to women across Cambridgeshire

Calling all dynamic women – digital & business training for you

  Are you looking to start or grow your business?

   Are you thinking about working from home and setting up a home office?

  Have you recently returned to work or are thinking about it soon?

Enterprising Women are delighted to bring these free training sessions to you held at venues across Cambridgeshire.


  • Digital marketing: Using social media for your business, building an effective online brand and e-business skills
  • Set up your own home office: Advice on how to set up a home office & tips on working on your own successfully
  • Returning to work: Tools to raise your IT confidence after a career break and how to cope with the emotional change

Training Venues

Ely Library, St Johns Innovation Centre, Enterprising Women - Brookmount Court, March Library, , Chatteris Library, Huntingdon Maple Centre, Melbourn Hub, Peterborough Central Library

Enterprising Women Business Clubs

You are also warmly invited to join networking events at Business clubs in Cambridge and Peterborough where you will be able to build connections, widen your network and form potential business opportunities.

These training sessions are brought to you by Enterprising Women in partnership with Connecting Cambridgeshire as part of the Destination Digital Women programme to encourage women to start or grow your business, return to employment or work from home.

Having Trouble Booking?

Please email Farhana Jaman or call 0800 012 1365

 Horizon 2020 Masterclass. Why, What and How to get involved

Enterprise Europe Network East of England and Innovate UK are pleased to invite you to a one day Master Class focussed on participation in Horizon 2020, the EU's €80bn flagship research and innovation fund.

The event is suitable for all businesses that have a clear intent to access H2020 funds and can evidence this through an idea for a potential project / appropriate funding call. The event is applicable to all research themes and the topics covered provide a comprehensive overview.

•             Making the right strategic decisions about participation

•             Taking the right approach to minimise the cost of participation

•             Working with the EU Commission on your proposal

•             Available support

•             Building a team and matching roles to partners

•             Consortium organisation

•             Partner search methods

•             Building a proposal - section by section

This event will address the practical steps in putting together a winning proposal under Horizon 2020. It will also address reasons why you should participate and what you are getting into, taking account of strategy within your business.Developing a proposal for the European Commission has lots of parallels with proposals to other funding organisations and even private investors. If your organisation is seeking funding to support its R&D, then you will find this day of great value.

The Master Class is FREE and will be delivered by Eddie Townsend, a practitioner with many years experience of collaborative R&D programmes.

To register for the event please visit the Enterprise Europe Network website or contact the Enterprise Europe Network team on 0845 641 9955 or

Useful Contacts

The business development team works with a number of local and national organisations offering advice and information on a variety of business related subjects. Please use the links below to email an organisation or visit their website. The business development team can be contacted by email:
or Tel: (01353) 665555.

Trading Standards

Trading Standards provide information and advice to ensure businesses comply with trading standards law.

Valuation Office Agency

The Valuation Office Agency is an executive agency of the Inland Revenue and compiles business rates and council tax valuation lists.

Cambridgeshire County Council

The County Council is responsible for road building and maintenance, transport planning, trading standards and landfill sites.

National Farmers' Union

The National Farmers' Union represents the farmers and the growers of England and Wales. Its central objective is to promote successful and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture.

HM Revenue & Customs

We understand that when you are running a business, the paperwork may not be top of your list. That's why HM Revenue & Customs offers a range of free services to help you understand your tax, National Insurance, VAT and International Trade responsibilities and give you the confidence to get it right, first time. Our services are designed for everyone in business, especially newly self-employed and new employers.

Greater Cambridge - Greater Peterborough Local Economic Partnership

The Greater Cambridge - Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership was created to help drive forward sustainable economic growth in our area, providing the strategic framework to shape future growth.

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust offers practical solutions to help young people aged 14-30 get their lives working.

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce and Industry offers members a wide range of services, support and opportunities that are aimed at keeping them ahead of their competition.

Foundation East

Foundation East is a not for profit organisation that operates across East Anglia.

The Foundation lends money to new businesses, existing businesses, charities and social enterprises that cannot get a loan from a bank or need additional funds to match bank lending. The loan size normally ranges from £3,000 to £50,000 from anywhere between a six months and ten years period. For start up businesses Foundation East will lend up to 50% of the total amount required.

Federation of Small Business

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

  • Telephone: 01767 261984
  • Website: FSB Cambridgeshire
  • Contact: Caron Kendall, Development Manager - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, Federation of Small Businesses, Tel: 01525 875866, Mobile: 07917 628998 

Fredericks Foundation

If you’re struggling to borrow cash for your business, talk to us….your business can be at any stage of development, whether you need start up finance or capital to expand an established business, loans available from £500 to £20,000. Every application is considered individually; a bad credit score or previous financial issues will not necessarily count against you if your business case is good. We can help you escape unemployment, financial or social disadvantage and get a new start. Watch our short video

Youth Support Service (16-20 Year Olds)

The Employer Services Team at Cambridgeshire County Council can help you to recruit young people (16-20 year olds) to your full and part-time positions. It is expensive to advertise and the broad coverage provided by local advertising will generally not reach the majority of young people. 

We can target your vacancy directly to those who are seeking employment at no cost to you. We will advertise your vacancy in a weekly bulletin which is distributed to schools, colleges, libraries and youth centres. We will include your vacancy on our website. Contact the team via: