Here at the Borough Council, we want to try to help you where we can, and whilst we may not be able to provide all the answers, hopefully we can point you in the direction of the wealth of free help and advice that is out there for companies experiencing difficulties.
We have a team of people in our Regeneration Department who specialise in different areas of the local economy, who are here to offer as much assistance as possible, which include;
- If you are looking to relocate to another part of the Borough, or even downsize your premises during the economic downturn, our Economic Development Officer can help you find new premises.
- If you are a retailer in Stafford we have a dedicated Town Centre Development Officer who is here to try to help you.
- If your business is in a rural area, our Economic Development Officer specialises in developing our rural economy and can look at what grants there may be for you.
Could you reduce your Business Rates?
You may be entitled to a reduction on your business rates - follow this link to find out more or call 01785 619282.
Business Support Helpline
The right advice and/or funding support can make the world of difference to your business.
The Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has established a local business support helpline which offers existing local businesses, or prospective businesses, a brokerage service linking them to the publicly funded organisation best placed to help them. This service complements the existing national information provided through the Gov.UK website.
If you would like support through this new service then please call 0300 111 8002.
The service operates between Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 8.00pm, Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm, and Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
Locally, the Chamber of Commerce provides FREE advice for those wishing to go into business on their own or to assist existing businesses who may wish to expand or are having problems. They can help with;
- Locating Grants
- Book Keeping
- Business Planning
Their contact details are;
- Call: 01785 257057
- Visit: www.staffordshirechambers.co.uk/business-support/
Do you need help to avoid making redundancies?
ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) can help. Providing advice and guidance on all legal issues connected to business restructuring, alternatives to redundancy or legislation regarding making redundancies - ensuring principles of good practice are applied to the way all staff are treated.
- Call: 08457 474747
- Visit: www.acas.org.uk
Jobcentre Plus can help in a variety of ways, not only helping you find the right people for vacancies you may have, but also help with redundancies.
Redundancies are challenging for everyone involved and Jobcentre Plus works with a range of partners to provide tailored solutions to help minimise the impact and provide help and advice when redundancies are taking place.
Their contact details are;
- Call: 0845 604 3719
- Visit: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus
Hopefully these organisations can offer the guidance and help your business needs during this time of economic challenge, and we will continue to add to them with more information and assistance over the coming months.