Looking to start your own business? Then West Suffolk is the location for you

Get the information you need to turn your business idea into a reality. Our experienced team can provide you with free and impartial advice, support and direction for any business related enquiry. Contact us in person, by telephone or email if you want personal, one to one service. We're here to help.

Claydon Drills started in West Suffolk,  Oliver Claydon explains why West Suffolk is the location for his business and the support he has received.

We've brought together information and links to websites that will help get your business idea off the ground. Find out more from those listed below.

Government Business Advice

Support, advice and guidance for growing your business is available directly from HM Government.


Growthworks is a business growth service that has been set support the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority in delivering jobs and business growth to the region. Current support for West Suffolk businesses includes the Revenue Support Grant.


MENTA helps businesses to grow by offering advice, training, events, networking and space. They have business unit to rent in Haverhill, Brandon and Bury St Edmunds, and also recently opened @INC, a flexible co-working space in Bury St Edmunds. They also run on behalf of West Suffolk Council the Start Up Grant, aiming to support entrepreneurs in West Suffolk with the costs of that first step to self-employment.

New Anglia Growth Hub

The New Anglia Growth Hub offers free advice and support for businesses looking to take the next step. Their current support includes the popular Small Grants Scheme, Scale Up New Anglia and the Growth through Innovation fund.


Nwes is a not-for-profit enterprise agency, providing total business support to boost self-employment and encourage enterprise, which includes their regular and free 1st Steps to Start Up courses, giving an overview of all you need to get started as an entrepreneur.

Oxford Innovation

For those based at The Epicentre, Haverhill, Oxford Innovation’s ‘Innovation Director’ can help scale your business to the next level. Access to grants, help with investment decks, creating clear commercial strategies and marketing are some examples.

Suffolk Chambers of Commerce

The largest independent private forum in the county, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce supports and represents local business interests. As well as providing business support and networking events Suffolk Chamber is the voice of local business regarding local, national and European issues.

The Princes Trust

Targeted Enterprise Training for young people starting up a business.

West Suffolk Council

West Suffolk Council can provide information and guidance on a range or topics including Planning, Licensing, Health and Food Safety, Public Sector Procurement and available premises. If you have any questions the Economic Development Team is more than happy to help, please see the Contact us link at the top of this page.