Starting a new business

Whatever type or size of business you are planning there are networks, groups and organisations that can help you get off to a flying start. We can also provide you with the following advice and support. If you wish to find out more about the support available for your business, please complete this online request.

Business rates

Find out how much you will need to pay as a business towards local services such as road maintenance, trading standards, economic development and the fire service. To find out whether you qualify for any rate reliefs to reduce your bill, please enquire about business rates. You can also view your business rates account online.

Commercial waste

We provide a reliable waste and recycling collections for local businesses. We offer a bespoke service that gives you the best possible value for money and bin sizes to suit your business.

Food safety, health and safety and environmental compliance

If you are thinking of starting a food related business and are having concerns about compliance with environmental and health and safety legislation, we can provide advice and support on how to meet the highest standards and legal requirements. Please submit an enquiry about food safety for further advice.

Licensing and registration of businesses

Find out all the relevant information about licences for taxi drivers and vehicles, food premises and animal premises such as zoos, boarding kennels and pet shops.

Planning and building information

Find out about planning permission which you may require if you are considering extending a property to accommodate your business, looking to change the use of an existing property or building a new commercial building.

Other sources of help and support

New Anglia Growth Hub

Provides support for businesses and guidance to those wishing to start their own business across Norfolk and Suffolk. Bringing together a range of local and national business support from hundreds of sources, the growth hub is free and here to help you on subjects ranging from finance to exporting, resource efficiency to contract opportunities.


Provides information on how to start your business including guidance on writing a business plan, employing staff for the first time and more.

Business is Great Britain

Will guide you through starting a new business and the steps you need to take to turn your idea into a business. Here you will found out information about how to set up and register a company and make your company grow.

The Start up Loans Company

Is a government initiative which works in partnership with NWES (Norfolk & Waveney Enterprise Services). The Start up Loans Company can provide financial support to people over the age of 18 who want to start a business.