STARTING AND GROWING A BUSINESS
The Hertfordshire Growth Hub provides free business support to small-to-medium-sized enterprises that have been in operation for 2+ years and have five to 249 employees.
The Growth Hub helps businesses grow by providing expert advice on areas such as product development, branding and employee training, whilst enabling access to technical expertise and R&D funding.
Hertfordshire Growth Hub can refer businesses on to any of the business support programmes listed here regardless of time in operation and business size.
The Hertfordshire Start-up Programme provides support for businesses to start and develop in their early stages with access to 12 hours of free business start-up support.
This can be in the form of workshops and networking, one-to-one business advice in person and online, incubation workspace usage and access to grants.
The Get Enterprising Programme provides tailored support to start-ups and early stage businesses with the propensity to grow, and prepare them to use Hertfordshire Growth Hub’s scale-up support provision.
Get Growing is a structured and comprehensive package of business support for SMEs, designed to help identify and overcome barriers to growth. To be eligible you must be an established business, have five or more full time equivalent employees and be able to demonstrate potential for growth.
You will need to register on the Hertfordshire Growth Hub website to see details of this programme.
The Manufacturing Growth Programme supports manufacturing SMEs to grow.
Specialist Manufacturing Growth Managers provide free advice and support to SME manufacturers grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement.
Export Certification. Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce can help with the issue and certification of documents to ensure your goods and services are exported in accordance with international law and procedures. Whether you are exporting for the first time or require further assistance on preparation of documents, help and advice on the following is available:
EC Certificates of Origin
EUR1 & ATR Movement Certificates
Arab British Certification (Postal Service)
Egyptian British Certification (Postal Service)
Foreign & Commonwealth Apostille (Postal Service)
KEEP+ is a knowledge transfer project that connects SMEs to academic expertise and graduate talent to develop and launch new products and services.
The programme can provide a range of match funded grants to assist the development of innovative new products or services.
The Hertfordshire Science Partnership is a multi-strand open innovation programme that leverages the University of Hertfordshire's state-of-the-art science facilities and academic expertise to boost the dynamic pharmaceutical, life sciences and agri-technology sectors in the East of England.