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Starting Up

Cambridgeshire is recognised as one of the most vibrant economies in the country

A recent Centre for Cities report ranked Cambridge as the city with the largest number of small businesses investing in 'high-growth' strategies.

Huntingdonshire – as the largest District by population in Cambridgeshire- is at the forefront of this growth having seen its thriving economy create 8,000 new jobs in the last 10 years. The District is a well-established entrepreneurial business location offering a supportive environment for starting any new business venture and has an enviable record in maintaining and supporting them.

Business Support Workshops

Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire District Councils have developed a series of fully funded ½ day workshops for businesses looking to develop and expand their operations.  These cover a wide range of topics designed to meet specific needs and will provide the information, support and confidence to enable your business to gain a competitive edge and achieve bottom line improvements. Topic areas include business planning, finance, social media, improving profit, competition and business start-up.

Further information is available by contacting NWES on 08456 099 991 or via

Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Service

This Enterprise agency specialises in helping people turn their business idea into a reality by offering impartial, professional advice; access to personal skills and business training courses in addition to soft loans and grants.

HMRC – Advice for Start up Businesses

HMRC’s interactive Tax Widget provide quick, easy to use advice on everything you need to know about tax when becoming self-employed. The widget below includes PDFs and videos from HMRC on a variety of topics to help you understand how to deal with tax when setting up a business.

Start up Loans

A government funded initiative to nationally provide loans and mentors for entrepreneurs and start up ventures. For details of local delivers including the aforementioned companies and additional information visit