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Open for Business

What support can Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils offer to business? 

Growing, expanding or relocating business.

Our officers can share knowledge of employment site locations/allocations, units or premises including those which may offer particular benefits including business rates discount, superfast broadband, energy efficiency or simplified planning. We are developing business friendly policies as well as our understanding of the business community so we can help you take advantage of sector clusters, local supply chains and other useful intelligence. We may also be able to pass on our awareness of any future activity or changes which may present opportunities for your business plan.

Funding, capital or revenue stream difficulties?

Our officers have extensive knowledge of loan, grants, investment and other financial support mechanisms which may aid you at key stages of your business.

Difficulty in understanding rules and regulations about your business sector?

Good regulatory practice can assist your business reputation as well as your productivity. Our multi-skilled professionals offer a broad range of compliance support to your business  - helping you to better understand your responsibilities and focus on your business. Where we can’t directly assist, we can often add some value and bring people into the conversation who can. 

Nobody at the Council understands your full business enquiry?

Our ‘Open for Business’ priorities mean that we are keener than ever to provide you with open feedback channels and a single point of contact for your business who can understand your whole enquiry and mobilise our support effectively. We join more of the dots, you gain more customer satisfaction and services tailored to your needs.

Need information and access to services outside of 9-5?

We live in a fast paced technological environment, and we aim to continuously improve business access to reliable and sectoral digital information and transactional self-help services 24/7. Access on the move and a time to suit you and your business need. If you have a complex or multiple enquiry then you can still speak to a real person whether they are office-based or attending a local business networking event. 

Finding and recruiting the right skills for your business?

We are involved with, or can signpost, schemes and initiatives to help bridge the gap between local employers and local talent. Businesses, schools, adult skills and further education networking and engagement is vital to increasing understanding of business need, developing our existing and future workforce and increasing productivity. Initiatives such as MyGo, ICANBEA and Navigator Schools Project can all help to support local business need.

Sharing our network?

We want to build a relationship with your business, based on open two-way conversations. We care about what you think and the success of all responsible businesses in our districts, whether a small home business or large multi-national. Your local Council has a breadth of signposting expertise and can put you in touch with business support, new opportunities, supply chains and others. Your local councillor is also a key community contact for your business. In terms of supplying the Council, we actively encourage all suppliers to tender for our requirements and strive to ensure that our procurement processes do not unreasonably prevent any type or size of supplier from bidding for our contracts.

What you need to know about Regulatory Services

If you are starting or developing your business in Babergh or Mid Suffolk, we want to do all we can to help you. Whether you are just thinking of starting a business or have already taken the steps to get your business up and running, getting compliance right first time aids success for your business and protection for your customers.  The link below takes you to an information pack with all the information you will need to ensure you are compliant with the law.

Open for business start up pack