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. 

The Growth Hub

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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub is a new service that will act as a guide through the business support landscape, helping you find the right support for you and your business.

New business

The Growth Hub can put you in touch with someone who can help you to test and shape your idea and offer advice and expertise to turn your idea into a reality.  Once up and running you can come back to us at any time should you need more help.

Existing business

You may be looking to launch that new product or service, maybe you want to expand your premises or would like to start selling overseas.  The Growth Hub will not only guide you through the support that is available but could work with you to access it in a way that is right for you, whether that is business development, coaching, funding or something else entirely.

Directing you to the right business support is just part of the picture. The Growth Hub aims to be the ‘go to’ place for business information for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Hub will be the place to find out about events, news and new funding opportunities. You will be able to share your news, list your local business and share your events. Get involved and register here.

The Growth Hub is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Cornwall Council, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and is delivered by Cornwall Development Company. 



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, offers advice, inspiration and practical help to turn ideas in businesses. The 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.

Telephone:0300 456 3565 (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.