Business support & starting up a new business

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Digital Support for Business and Agents in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

HMRC is committed to tackle the problem of incorrect categorisation of Employment Status for tax purposes. Whether you are employed or self-employed is what HMRC call Employment Status.

Below is a practical and easy to follow guide to explain Employment Status in detail and help people to decide if they are employed or self-employed. Employment Status will affect Employment rights, the tax you pay and whether you are eligible to claim certain benefits and state pension etc.
off-payroll working in the public sector.
Am I Employed or Self-Employed?
Employment Status Indicator tool
National Minimum Wage and Living Wage

The Herts Growth Hub

Offer free targeted support from industry experts for businesses who are at least 2years old and are seeking to innovate and grow.

Delivered by Exemplas Innovate2Succeed the Herts Growth Hub is a fully-funded programme to support SMEs that recognise innovation plays an integral role in their growth plans. It offers up to 7 days tailored support from an Innovation Adviser.

St Albans and District Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber Offers members a professional advisory service to help supplement the role of experts in the following fields – legal, financial, accounting, tax, employment, marketing, general management practices.

Introduces members to potential customers and suppliers.

St Albans Enterprise Agency (STANTA)

Advice on business start-up and growth
Access to a Resource Centre with over 200 articles.
Free and low cost business workshops and training on financing, insurance, employment law, social media, local authority procurement.

The St Albans City of Expertise

This is a cluster of 18 leading professional services employers in St Albans and Harpenden including financial, legal, property and banking professionals. Amongst their expertise they can dispense professional advice to SMEs.


Free workshop supports anybody who is considering starting up a business and has a business idea. Held at various locations. Must either be a resident of or starting a business in Hertfordshire.

Green Triangle

This partnership focuses on supporting businesses in the green sector from across the County and beyond and has already started to work with international businesses. They also work with companies from any sector to support and encourage them to become more sustainable. For more information contact Tara Clark on 07743 809515 or email

Oaklands College

For businesses looking for an apprenticeship opportunity or more about how Oaklands College can support businesses.
01727 737000

University of Hertfordshire

 Supports start-ups and small businesses. Identifies opportunities for growth, undertakes research, provides bespoke training, expert consultancy and signposts to funding.

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.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Herts LEP is focused on sustainable economic growth – with local business, education providers, the third sector and the public sector working together to achieve this.

Herts County Council

Encourages Hertfordshire businesses to tender for public sector contracts in Hertfordshire.

Federation for Small Business

Offer members a range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government.

HM Revenue & Customs

FREE e-learning tool advises on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own business.

The package includes learning checks and videos as well as links to further advice on YouTube and website. To start the tutorial, click here - Starting Your Own Business

Easy e-learning and YouTube guides for employers

HMRC also has a new series of five short videos to help and support new employers.

New employers – the basics
When and how to pay PAYE
Payroll software and sending reports to HMRC
How to send your final PAYE submission
How to issue P60s

Date of last review: 08 February 2017