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 within 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 start ups.

A number of programmes are in place to assist those looking to establish a new business and include:


Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Service

This Enterprise agency specialises in helping people turn their business idea into reality by offering impartial, professional advice; access to personal skills and business training courses in addition to soft loans and grants. NWES offer UK's only online business resources platform supporting the business journey from pre-start to start-up, and on through stages of growth. With bitesize course modules it's helps you master the essentials of starting and growing your business. startandgrow



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