Business support

Bite-sized business training

In order to support our local businesses and to promote health and safety within the workplace Hart’s Environmental Health Department aim to host and deliver free bite-sized health and safety training to any local business within the District. The training will be provided by officers from within the Department that have a range of experience in health and safety matters.

Your chance to tell us your training needs
Once the Department has been notified of a particular training need, a free course will be arranged and tailored to the needs of individual businesses. This could be on any health and safety subject from gas safety in catering premises to manual handling in offices.

There will NO charge for attending our courses and you can attend as many as you wish. Although the training will not be accredited by a national body, Hart Council will provide certificates of attendance.

Let us know - Please don’t miss this opportunity and contact us at or telephone 01252 774421.

For further information on health and safety courses or training visit the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website.

Enterprise M3 Growth Hub

The EM3 Growth Hub provides an expert advice and resource network for new and existing businesses including signposting to a range of business services, information on starting and growing your business and access to a Business Support Helpline. 

The Growth Hub can be accessed at

Enterprise M3 training courses

Social Media for Business - new fully subsidised programme now available to Enterprise M3 businesses - For more information on about the Social Media for Business programme and the Skills Support for the Workforce programme, please contact Marian Sexton, the Skills Support for the Workforce programme manager for the Enterprise M3 area, on 01243 786321 (ext. 2625) or email

For more information about Enterprise M3 Business Support please visit the website.

Employing People & Recruitment

Whether you are planning a new business, or planning to grow your business, ensuring you have the right skills in place to make your business successful is an important consideration.

This section of the website provides an overview of the different options available for recruiting staff and also details the government’s current employer incentives for growing your team.

Click on the links below to find out more.

General recruitment advice & support

Employing staff for the first time
Taking on your first employee is a real milestone for any business. Several guides are available online to guide you through the process.

Finding staff

Graduates & students

Universities work with employers to provide professional and effective advice, guidance and services to suit recruitment objectives and budgets.

Government financial incentives for employing people

Finance & funding 

If you are starting out in business or are looking to expand and need financial assistance, there are a number of options available to you, which will depend on the nature of your business and what you need financial assistance for. Find out more about business finance, grants and funding in this section.

Tools & Guides for Business Finance

Business Loans, Grants and Subsidies

There are some sources of finance available to support business start ups and businesses wishing to relocate, expand, diversify or develop their workforce. Several of these are detailed below and up-to-the-minute advice on schemes can be found through the websites listed above.

LEADER rural funding programme

The LEADER programme offers grants of up to £50,000 to rural business, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers for projects that create jobs, help rural business growth and benefit the rural economy.

To find out more, please visit

Other sources:

Online Grant Searches

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