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Business support and advice

The Council works in close partnership with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership as well as business support agencies across Cornwall, to ensure that information, advice and guidance is available to help your business when you need it, whether you are just starting a new business, growing your business, relocating to Cornwall or running a social enterprise or charitable organisation. 

Regulatory business advice

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The Public Protection service encompasses environmental health, trading standards, port health and licensing. Whilst we enforce relevant regulations across these disciplines we also offer a regulatory business advice service which offers a single point of contact for bespoke business support.

We aim to make it much simpler, quicker and easier for you to get expert regulatory advice and the licences and permissions you need, when you need them. The services will help you get it right first time saving you time and money.

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding one, we are here to help you understand the legislation affecting your business and to point you in the right direction.

For details of our business support packages, charges and terms and conditions, please visit our regulatory business advice webpage 

Nationally, Business in You offers advice, inspiration and practical help to turn ideas in businesses. The new GOV.UK site also offers practical advice on all areas of owning and running a business. You can access information and support either through the webpage or through the helpline number.

This helpline provides a quick response service to people with simple questions about starting or running a business. It also provides a more in-depth service for those with more complex enquiries. A specialist business advice service also forms part of the Helpline service offer. For businesses that are in need of additional assistance this targeted service provides pre-starts and established businesses meeting specific criteria with more personalised and in-depth advice through a small team of Business Support Advisers (BSAs). Telephone: 0845 600 9006 (9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday).

HM Revenues and customs have prepared an online training package that provides information on things to consider when starting a business, You can access the training for free on the HMRC website.

Start Up and Business Helpline

0845 600 9006