If you’re thinking about setting up your own enterprise, or are already in business, the Essex Libraries Business Information Service can provide you with access to reliable and up-to-date information to support your decisions.
Whether you want to speak to trained staff to find the information you need, or prefer to research your business requirements using our online resources, we can help.
Valuable information sources for your business needs
The Business Information Service subscribes to a variety of information sources you can use in the library or, in some cases, from your own computer. All you need is your Essex Libraries card.
Getting started in business
We can help you find out about hundreds of business opportunities, including market potential and how to get started. If you already have a particular idea, our trained staff can help you get the information you need.
With this you can assess the viability of your ideas, get guidance through the process of starting up and tackle all the practicalities of finance, employing staff, marketing, tax and everything else involved in running your business.
Helping your business to grow
If you are already in business, we can provide free company credit checks, detailed company reports and market research, saving you time and money.
Call us on 01245 492535 or email your enquiry to Business.Information@essex.gov.uk to get the help you need.
Help with your business tax matters
HM Revenue & Customs offers a range of free services to help you understand your responsibilities and give you the confidence to get it right, first time. This might be especially useful for the newly self-employed and new employers.
A range of free workshops and seminars
are held covering subjects such as Income Tax, National Insurance, PAYE, Self Assessment, VAT and International Trade.