Providing advice to new or existing businesses and voluntary organisations in the area on all aspects of running a business from starting a business to property, tax, employment law, business rates etc.
Awards made to local businesses by the council to disseminate the lessons learned from successful businesses - their skills, achievements and innovations provide valuable inspiration to the business community and help inspire business leaders of the future.
Provision of office and industrial business space for rent to businesses in the local community.
Provision of advice on business continuity management in the event of a civil emergency to local businesses and voluntary organisations
A co-operative is a way for two or more people to go into business together and reducing personal financial risk. The council can help set up a new co-operative in any sector or help existing co-operatives by providing advice and information on issues such as business planning, finding premises, legal advice, business information, suppliers etc.
Provision of a directory which provides details of local businesses.
Providing business grants to new businesses, existing businesses who want to grow or businesses who want to move to the local area.
A business improvement district (BID) is a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax (or levy) in order to fund projects within the district's boundaries. The BID is often funded primarily through the levy but can also draw on other public and private funding streams. BIDs provide services, such as cleaning streets, providing security, making capital improvements, construction of pedestrian and streetscape enhancements, and marketing the area. The services provided by BIDs are supplemental to those already provided by the Local Authority.
Help and advice to businesses who seek assistance to secure their properties and upgrade security. This may include independent security risk assessments, help in conducting security surveys in conjunction with council grant schemes, information to businesses about developing crime problems, crime trends and criminal activity.
Grants towards the installation of security systems for local businesses. Funding may be available to cover alarms, closed circuit television, security grills and shutters, security fencing, anti-ram posts, security landscaping etc.
Businesses may offer sponsorship to the council. Any sponsorship agreed should be in accordance with the council's guidelines and policies.
A credit union is a profit sharing, democratically run financial co-operative which offers convenient savings and low interest loans to its members. The local authority may offer support to local credit unions by providing advice and information to help them get started and manage their affairs in a legal and efficient way.
Publication of equal opportunities policy and provision of advice/information on equal opportunities to employers and employees in the area.
The council identifies and develops projects for submission to European and other funding sources to promote economic, physical and social development. It also administers the use of these funds.
Provision of information and advice to farmers or prospective farmers. Anyone who owns livestock has many legal responsibilities and the local authority can provide information on what is required under this legislation and to provide a contact for further, more specialised guidance and information if required.
Local shop owners may be eligible for a grant to renovate their shop front in order to improve the overall appearance of the local area. Shop front grants provide financial assistance towards the cost of materials subject to eligibility and meeting local criteria.
Advice, grants and assistance are available to businesses in taking forward tourism marketing, publicity, and promotional activity to encourage visitors to the local area.