What we do for businesses


What we do for business

The council can offer help and support to individual businesses or put you in touch with key partners that might be able to help you with a range of topics.

Building Control
  • advice on building regulations

  • advice on structures damaged by accident e.g. fire

  • advice on disabled access

  • Builders Partnership Scheme

For further information contact the building control team on 01895 837296

Business Rates
  • business Rate relief for charities, non-profit making organisations, some sports clubs and certain properties located in designated rural settlements

  • business Rate relief for small businesses whose rateable value is below £15,000

  • a local discretionary relief scheme for businesses who suffered large increases in rates following the 2017 revaluation

For further information contact the revenues team on 01494 732077 | 01895 837540

  • improving connections between businesses, residents and community groups


  • working with towns and villages to develop their own visitor strategies
Community Safety
  • crime reduction advice

  • ShopWatch - brings the retail industry and the police together to fight against crime in stores and on the streets

  • PubWatch - links local police and licensees to help combat crime and disorder

  • Hotel Watch - Hotel Watch is a scheme which has been designed to identify and minimise potential crime trends within the accommodation sector and combat Child Sexual Exploitation

  • Ask For Angela - an initiative to raise awareness of sexual violence and abuse

  • substance misuse Workplace Policy for your business

  • Safe Place Scheme for vulnerable members of the community

For further information contact community safety on 01494 732265

Purchase the Open-Access Electoral Register
  • businesses, and individuals have the opportunity to purchase the edited electoral register for marketing purposes either by ward or for the complete district

For further information contact electoral services on 01494 732099

  • a housing landlord forum and newsletter

  • a range of grants and loans to householders seeking to improve and adapt their properties which in turn supports the local building trade

For further information contact the housing team on 01494 732013


Advice on and issuing of licenses relating to:

For further information contact licensing on 01494 732063

Environmental Health
  • Food safety training
  • Food premises registrations
  • Food hygiene ratings
  • Pest Control
  • Pollution Control
  • Health & safety training

For further information contact Environmental Health on 01494 732058

Waste and Recycling

Advice on:

  • waste and recycling collections

  • responsibility relating to street cleaning

  • waste policy

  • abandoned vehicles

For further information contact the Joint Waste Team on 01494 586550