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Business support, advice clinics and grants

The Council's Business Team can signpost you to the relevant business support organisations that can help you in your growth plans and if you are seeking to set up a new business.

We can also advise on the availability of commercial space, apprenticeships and business events.

Please contact Chris Burchell, Local Economy Manager, for an initial discussion.
Email: Chris.Burchell@guildford.gov.uk
Phone: 01483 444329

Business support

Enterprise First - working with our partners, Enterprise First, we offer free monthly clinics for new and established businesses to support their growth. From 1 April some business development grants will be available to qualifying businesses. The business advisers from Enterprise First bring a number of years of experience in a range of sectors.

The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub - provides an expert advice and resource network for new and existing businesses including signposting to a range of business services, information on starting and growing your business and access to a Business Support Helpline. Twitter @EM3GrowthHub Helpline 0300 456 3565

See Enterprise M3's next event How to build an employer brand and compete for local talent 

The FSE Group invests in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential for significant growth. We understand the funding challenges facing emerging and mid-sized companies looking to expand, and we provide funds and support, including mentors where appropriate, to help bridge the funding gap.  A newer area of focus is that of Social Impact Funding, where we are working alongside experienced partners to finance social enterprises and communities.

Go2 is a money market place for Southern English businesses. We give companies a forum to request loan funding and we give investors an opportunity to lend to them. Do a great thing for Southern business and earn a great rate of return! Support your local economy by directly connecting local people and organisations who want to lend with credit checked, established businesses who want to borrow, Go2 is proud to support the local economy.

Other business support organisations

Surrey Chambers of Commerce - Provide regular business-to-business events and networking opportunities and provides an important voice for business.

Surrey Technology Centre and Set Squared Partnership - The Surrey Technology Centre provides space for small technology (research, development and design) companies in one of the most prestigious Science Parks in the UK and Western Europe. www.surrey-research-park.com

Invest in Surrey - For businesses wishing to locate in Surrey/Guildford please see the Invest in Surrey website which highlights how the county is an excellent location for new investment.

UKTI - Export support - free advice and subsidised training.

X-Forces are an organisation supporting ex-forces and their families by providing support, loans, mentoring, training and marketing.

Free one-to-one business advice clinics

Local agency Enterprise First is working in partnership with us to offer free, one-to-one business advice clinics to all companies from start-ups to more established growth businesses.

Running a business can be a lonely process and that's why Enterprise First and Guildford Borough Council believe in the importance of helping all businesses, whatever stage they're at.

Enterprise First business advice sessions

We have already helped over a hundred start-up businesses and are now extending our service to more established growth businesses from any sector.

Pictured from left to right: Malcolm Kerry, local business adviser, Enterprise First, and Chris Burchell, Guildford Borough Council's Local Economy Manager.

Expert help and advice

Our free business clinics, held in Guildford, are run by impartial local business advisers who have personal experience in setting up and developing companies.

They provide a confidential environment in which to discuss and find solutions to the key challenges and opportunities in your business.

To book appointments for our Wednesday weekly clinics, call Enterprise First on 01252 319272 or email info@enterprisefirst.co.uk, or visit Enterprisefirst.co.uk.

For more information

To find out more about the support that Guildford Borough Council offers to the business community, please email: business@guildford.gov.uk.

Free training

To support the needs of local SME employers, Guildford College Group will be offering free flexible training to boost employee confidence, motivation and productivity.

The training programmes are tailored to individual workplace needs or to helping employees gain nationally recognised qualifications. They can include:

  • Leadership  and management
  • Business administration
  • Customer service
  • Prince 2 (Foundation) project management
  • Health and safety
  • First Aid
  • Bespoke training
  • English lessons online (ESOL)
  • IT

How to apply

To find out if you are eligible to apply for the free training, please contact Guildford College Group Services to Business Team on 01483 44 85 30 or email employers@guildford.ac.uk. For more information, visit the Guildford College Group Services to Business website.