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29 January 2015

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.

The library service subscribes to various online resources that you can use free of charge, with your Essex Libraries card. You can use many of them from home, some are only available on library computers.  Book a session on a library computer online or by telephone on 0845 603 7628.
Alternatively, you can ask us to help find the information you want; call us on 01245 492535 or email your enquiry to

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 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.