Business support & starting up a new business

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Information to help you;
Start up, sustain and grow your business in St Albans

Vacant Units March 2017

The retail vacancy rate in the district is 2.2%. This information covers 10 Parishes (including the non-parished area in the City) and is extracted from the Council's business rates database.
The vacancy rate for Town Centre’s in England (exc retail parks and shopping center’s) during 2016 was 11.3% according to figures from the Local Data Company.

Office space in St Albans for SMEs

What if companies in St Albans with spare office and desk space offered it to SMEs?
And what if, in exchange, the SMEs offered a fee per month or an equivalent in services?
If you have spare desk space and could be an Office Buddy then contact;
Email or for more information visit

The Creative Expo

Thursday 1st June, 10.00am – 5.00pm
The Creative Expo is a one-day event for businesses and organisations in the creative sector to network, exhibit and showcase their work at the University of Hertfordshire.
Click below for details

Creative England Business Support

For small creative companies working in or aspiring to work in the film and TV industry in Hertfordshire.
ProConnect offers workshops, networking events, one-to-one consultations and business grants until summer 2019 for SMEs and sole traders. Location Elstree Studios.
Sessions offering guidance on how to set up in business for recent graduates and other potential entrepreneurs.
Location: West Herts College
To register on Hertfordshire ProConnect programme email
Apply for business grants by clicking on this link:

The Hertfordshire Growth Hub

Offers free targeted support from industry experts for businesses who are at least 2 years old
Get the skills and support your business needs by contacting the Hertfordshire Growth Hub on 0844 725 5575


St Albans City and District Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce offers members a professional advisory service to help in the following fields;
 – legal, financial, accounting, tax, employment, marketing and general management practices.
Find out how they can help support your business.
Tel: 01727 863 054

St Albans Enterprise Agency (STANTA)

Providng advice on business starts-up and business growth.
Free and low cost workshops and training on financing, insurance, employment law, social media and local authority procurement.
Tel: 01727 837760

St Albans City of Expertise

A unique cluster of leading professional services employers in St Albans and Harpenden offering expert advice to individuals and businesses. Members include financial, legal, property and banking professionals. 

Together the members are helping to build hub of experts and showcase St Albans as a great place to work and live.



Free workshops if you are starting up a business and have a business idea.
Must either be a resident of, or starting a business in Hertfordshire.
Tel: 0845 371 0891


Oaklands College

For businesses looking to recruit or employ an apprentice, or to offer valuable work experience find out how Oaklands College can support your business.
01727 737000

Gas, plumbing and heating trades also available at Oakland’s College Energy Centre. The centre provides an up to date training environment that replicates the conditions encountered on a daily basis.
Contact the Energy Centre team at the St Albans Campus
01727 737 300

Protect your business. Cyber Security qualification offered with Oakland’s College. Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 Apprenticeship This was developed by Oaklands College and a group of employers including Airbus, BT, Cisco, Fujitsu, IBM and Royal Signals. https://www.OaklandsCollege or email

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

Offers members access to a wide variety of cost saving benefits in addition to a free 24 Hour Legal Advice Line and Insurance Scheme. Provides the opportunity to influence and support the development of the local business economy.

University of Hertfordshire

Supports start-ups and small businesses, undertakes research, consultancy and provides advice on funding

Tap into the world of business support; consultancy, research and training 01707 286 406
Access a pool of talented students 01707 284 791
The University also secures work placements for graduates

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Herts LEP aim to create the right conditions to “accelerate business-led economic growth in Hertfordshire” and for the County to become a world-leading economy.
Tel: 01707 358744

Federation for Small Business

The FSB offers members a wide range of business services including advice, financial expertise and a powerful voice in government. 

Tel: 0808 2020 888

Jabber networking

Jabber: Next dates Fri 12th May & Fri 9th June
Location: Metrobank, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3ED
Jabber business to business networking is 10am-noon, but feel free to dip in and dip out as suits you.
No membership tie-in. It is FREE to attend (coffee & chocolates are even included).
Contact David Hughes on 07701 027881 or email


Being part of the world class Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise community gives you access site scientific facilities and services
A range of state-of-the-art scientific equipment and facilities can be made available to businesses for use by qualified staff on a rental basis or accessed by businesses via the research services provided by staff.

Green Triangle Open Innovation Event

6th July 2017 between 8:30am and 2pm at Rothamsted Research
Businesses working together for solutions to challenges surrounding population growth. Focusing on three main areas – connectivity/digital, food safety and sustainable infrastructure. The event includes keynote speakers, workshops, round table discussions, lunch and networking
Contact Tara Clark
T) 01727 737282 / m) 07743 809 515

The Green Business Fund

Up to £10k capital contribution towards energy-saving equipmen.t
Energy saving opportunity assessments.
Funded equipment procurement support.
To find out more call 0207 832 4773

Energy Efficiency Grants for SMEs

Low Carbon Workspaces.
Full details, eligibility criteria and application forms can be found at:
Low Carbon Workspaces offers eligible small and medium sized enterprises grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover a third of the cost of installing energy saving measures, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls.
Contact Rowan Wallis
07786 080165.

National Business Support Helpline

The National Business Support Helpline provides a service to people with questions about any aspect of starting or running a business. It also provides a more in-depth service for those with more complex enquiries.

St Albans Business Improvement District (BID)

The St Albans BID went live on 1st April 2017. 
St Albans BID Limited replaces the St Albans City Centre Partnership. 
For more information on what the BID Business Plan will deliver for St Albans businesses and how it might support your business contact:

Date of last review: 21 April 2017