Doing business in Epsom and Ewell

We are committed to supporting local business. We recognise that our businesses are the core contributors to the prosperity of the borough. We have adopted an economic development action plan to provide the overarching strategy for economic development in Epsom and Ewell. We also work in partnership with other organisations that provide services to business in the borough.

In this section: Latest business news | Events and training | Business support services | Funding opportunities


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Latest business news

Grow Your Business Show

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is proud to sponsor the Grow Your Business Show at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Thursday 12 September 2019.

This inaugural business expo and raceday caters for start-ups & SME's as well as large enterprises with a local focus. The event has more than 50 exhibitors across a variety of business sectors and industries and will include a variety of sessions that offer numerous networking opportunities for both attendees and exhibitors, including morning networking to seminars from recognised industry experts throughout the day. Invited speakers will cover a range of business topics and ideas all within a relaxed but focused environment.

Epsom Business Awards

Epsom Business Awards recently launched its annual awards and is now open for applications from borough businesses. There’s eleven different categories, including Council sponsored ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Enter now for your chance of becoming an award winning company.

Events and training

Social media training

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is sponsoring a pilot programme of free business training sessions organised by Paul Taylor, Founder of What’s on in My Town. The seminars will provide learning and networking opportunities for businesses of all sizes. The first event on social media takes place on 18 September at Bourne Hall. Click here to register.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce

Surrey Chambers of Commerce are holding a series of East Surrey Coffee and Professional Engagement Breakfast meetings, connecting businesses throughout Surrey, with a particular focus on the East of the region. Hosted by Hartsfield Manor in Betchworth, breakfasts will feature on alternate months throughout the year and are free to attend for all. Next meeting is on 9 May 2019. For more details please contact emily.stanton@surrey-chambers.co.uk.

NESWORK

Nescot are holding business breakfast sessions on the first Tuesday of every month at the Skills Park. There will be a short presentation on a specific topic from a sponsoring company then and opportunity to rout Nescot’s facilities. For more information, contact the employer hub team on employerhub@nescot.ac.uk.

Epsom Business Leaders Breakfast

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council organise a quarterly breakfast meeting with local employers to develop understanding of key issues for business and share information of mutual interest. For more information about the breakfast programme please contact Julia Owen at jowen@epsom-ewell.gov.uk.

Free, live webinars from HMRC

HMRC’s range of webinars support businesses, helping to make tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler. Webinars last about an hour, they are live and interactive so questions can be asked by participants. You can find out about PAYE, Self Employment, VAT, and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) for Contractors and Subcontractors, Property Income, Record Keeping and other topics.

Business support services

  • Coast to Capital Business Navigator is a web portal for business. It includes an online directory of business support organisations and a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital area.
     
  • Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a business led-partnership and a good resource for business information including details of locations and sites, as well as local business events
     
  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce is the County’s largest independent, not for profit business supporter and networking organisation. Representing the interest of 1500 businesses, 55,000 employees. All services and products are directed by the business community for the business community.
     
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy provides tools and guidance for business, including business finance and grants
     
  • Department for International Trade helps business export and grow into global markets
     
  • Federation of Small Business offers members a wide range of business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government.
     
  • Enterprise First provides business advice, mentoring, support workshops and a great e-newsletter with information about running and growing your business, from tax and marketing to using social media.

Funding opportunities

  • Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has launched its 2019-20 Growth Grant Programme. The programme provides grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital area and is designed to stimulate capital investment to help businesses introduce innovation and improve productivity.

    Businesses are encouraged to discuss their growth plans with their local Growth Hub Account Manager and to determine their eligibility. You can be directed to your local Account Manager by calling 01293 305965 or email growth.hub@coast2capital.org.uk.

    Coast to Capital also has a range of loans and funds for local businesses, including the Growing Places Fund for projects that have stalled due to lack of investment, Expansion Loan Scheme and Equity Fund. For more information please visit www.coast2capital.org.uk.
     
  • Virgin Start Up Loans: A StartUp loan of £500-£25,000 available, along with a business mentor to help make best use of the loan.
     
  • Fredericks Foundation Start-up loans and support for those who have found it difficult to access finance.
     
  • The Princes' Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are unemployed, under employed or who have limited means to start-up businesses.
     
  • Visit the GOV.UK website and use the business support finder to identify possible sources of finance including grants, loans and investment, and business support including mentoring and consultancy services.

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