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Advice and support

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  • Free advertising support for your business

    LoyalFree - advertise your business for free on the LoyalFree app

    We've partnered with the loyalty app LoyalFree to provide free advertising for local businesses. This service is free for you and has zero admin. All you need to do is let the team at LoyalFree know you’d like to advertise and they will do the rest for you.

    You will benefit from

    • Advertising of your offers/events to locals and visitors with the option to run a ‘loyalty stamp’ scheme
    • Customer insights through a live dashboard
    • Click throughs to your website, social media, reviews and more
    • Featuring in local LoyalFree trails on the app - for example Vegan, Family Friendly, Best Independents.

    What makes a good offer on LoyalFree?

    • The offer is either loyalty based (stamps) or exclusive to the app
    • The offer has simple terms and conditions for the customer.

    Examples include:

    • 25 per cent off your bill Monday to Friday
    • Sixth coffee free
    • 10 per cent off when you spend £20 or over
    • Free drink with any cake

    How to get involved?

    Simply let LoyalFree know your offer by emailing info@loyalfree.co.uk.

  • Business advice surgeries

    We run free one-to-one business advice surgeries in partnership with the Hertfordshire Growth Hub, which provides fully funded support and guidance to Small and Mid-size Enterprises* in Hertfordshire. Its Growth Account Advisers can give you in-depth advisory support, including assistance in accessing finance and funding, developing your workforce, and planning for future growth. If you are interested in attending, please email maylands.reception@dacorum.gov.uk to book a session, giving a brief overview of your support requirements, such as:

    • Financial management
    • Access to funding
    • Recruitment and training
    • Strategic planning
    • Sales and marketing
    • Digital support
    • Legal and regulatory compliance
    • Wellbeing 

    *Support is only available for established businesses with more than five employees.

  • Tourism support

    Free listing on the Enjoy Dacorum website

    Enjoy Dacorum is a tourism website featuring a mix of attractions in the area, developed and managed by us to promote local tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and events. Simply email us at business@dacorum.gov.uk with the images, website link, address, contact details (phone and email) and a few lines of text to promote your business. You can also feature seasonal events and promotions on the website events page and on the Enjoy Dacorum social media channels.

    Free business listing on the Visit Herts website

    Visit Herts is able to give all tourism / hospitality businesses a free listing on its website, simply email enquiries@visitherts.co.uk for more information.

  • Get Enterprising programme

    This exciting programme has been designed for early stage businesses with advanced ambitions. If you’re looking for new opportunities to expand your business then this is a great place to start.

    Get Enterprising supports businesses that have been operating for less than five years.

    It offers free tailored advice, training workshops and mentoring so that you can accelerate your business with the help of first-class experts and facilities.

    A network of specialists will be able to assist you with everything from website and technology to finances and product development. 

    This integrated approach to business support will enable start-ups to scale-up and innovate. Together, the aim is to help small businesses across Hertfordshire to start, grow and flourish.

    Find out more on the Wenta website.

  • Support for established businesses

    Economic Development Support

    If your business is not eligible to join the Herts Start-up Programme, we are still able to offer you free advice and support on a range of matters. We aim to make contact with as many companies as possible in the Dacorum area and are keen to hear about what you feel are the positives about being based in the area and what could be done to make improvements.

    To get in touch, please email our Economic Development Team at business@dacorum.gov.uk.

  • Hertfordshire Growth Hub

    Hertfordshire Growth Hub is Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s flagship business support service. Funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and, in some cases, the European Regional Development Fund, Growth Hubs provide locally tailored support and advice to connect businesses with the right expertise for their specific business needs.

  • Eastern Cyber Resilience Centre

    The Eastern Cyber Resilience Centre (ECRC) is a policing-led, not-for-profit company offering free membership to support local start-ups and small businesses in becoming aware and protected against cyber crime. Membership includes enrolment onto the free Little Steps training programme, regional and national threat alerts, and signposting towards free tools and resources from policing and the National Cyber Security Centre. Find out more about the ECRC.

Page Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February 2022 at 09:45 AM