Borough Council of Wellingborough

Business

Introduction

Wellingborough is a prime business location. The Borough's proximity to London, excellent communication links to the rest of the UK and Europe and competitively priced property are just some of the advantages of locating or relocating here. The Borough already has approximately 2,500 businesses within its boundaries - visit our inward investment pages to find out why.

If your company is based within the Borough of Wellingborough, you are eligible for a free listing in our brand new Business Directory facility, just follow this link to register now.


Starting your own business...?

The local Library Service offers a wide range of face-to-face advice, guidance and support, including regular business start-up events, through their award-winning Enterprise Hubs.

Food businesses have some some particular obligations and details of these can be found on the Health Protection pages of this website.

HMRC has published a range of tools to assist employers, self-employed individuals or those thinking about starting their own business. These can be found on the 'HMRC help for businesses and individuals' pages of this website.


Business Support

Locally, the Council works closely with its economic partners, including the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership to support local businesses. The Wellingborough Economic Partnership has produced a guide to the business support services available in the area, which is available to download here. There is a range of different funding schemes are available to existing and inbound Northamptonshire businesses available through the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership. Northamptonshire County Council has published some Trading Standards support for businesses.

Nationally, GOV.UK provides advice for businesses and self-employed. If you have any business queries, need to source information or funding or undertake market research, the aforementioned website can help you.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has recently published a guide to accessing finance for small and medium sized businesses, which is available to download here.

Looking internationally, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is a government organisation that works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets. UKTI has recently launched Open to Export - a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and international trade needs. The Open to Export website contains extensive exporting resources from government and specialist organisations as well as a popular Q&A section where business owners can ask questions to the wider community and get the answers they need.


Business Rates Information

The Borough Council of Wellingborough is responsible for collecting Business Rates (also known as Non-Domestic Rates). The Business Rates Section is responsible for their administration. See GOV.UK - Business rates for more information about Business Rates or visit our methods of payment pages to find out about ways to pay.


Tendering and Procurement

We have published some advice regarding public sector tendering. Our business opportunities pages detail how to go about finding such opportunities locally, nationally and at European level.


Business Premises

Need to find business premises? The Council owns a substantial property portfolio and employs Underwoods LLP to manage the marketing and sale of its commercial land and property portfolio. All available Council-owned commercial property can be viewed at www.underwoods.co.uk/council.

The Council also operates a market and more information is available at www.wellingborough.gov.uk/market.


Business Continuity

It is a fact that your business is more likely to survive major disruption from an external problem (fire, flood, loss of IT, power failure, flu epidemic, fuel shortage etc) if you have a Business Continuity Plan: statistics show that 1 in 5 organisations suffer a major disruption, such as one of these, every year.

Implementing a business continuity plan can help to:

Safeguard your reputation and competitive edge
Preserve customer / client loyalty and trust
Protect financial income and key business activities
Enhance business recovery following serious disruption events
Support insurance claims

Some hints and tips on writing a business continuity plan can be found here.