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There are several business support providers that offer independent, impartial information, advice and support, whether you are just starting out with a new business idea or running or growing an existing business.

Business Development and Enterprise at University of Suffolk
The Business Development and Enterprise team works with the University of Suffolk academic teams to support business engagement and enterprise in areas such as continuing professional development, consultancy, knowledge exchange and student enterprise.
Tel:01473 338424
Email: enterprise@ucs.ac.uk

Eastern Enterprise Hub
Located on the Ipswich Waterfront, the Hub strives to promote business growth and support people who have a good business idea to develop key skills, commercial expertise and the confidence to make it a success.
Tel:01473 527100
Email: info@eehub.co.uk

Enterprise and Innovation Hub at Ipswich Library
Offers a range of bookable business space and events.
Tel: 01473 263827
Email: hub@suffolklibraries.co.uk

The National Government website has all the information, guidance and support you need to help you start, manage or grow your business.
Business Support Helpline: 0300 456 3565

Great Business
The Government's new website offering support, advice and inspiration for growing your business.

Inspire2Enterprise provides support and advice to anyone interested in setting up or growing a social enterprise.
Tel: 0844 9800 760
Email: info@inspire2enterprise.org

Job Centre Plus
Jobcentre Plus provides a wide range of information and services, like benefits, loans and grants and help with finding a job.
Tel: 0345 604 3719

Impartial one-to-one advice for established and start-up businesses, access to finance, Business skills masterclasses and a range of networking events.
Tel: 0800 085 5090 

Money Advice Service
The Money Advice Service is here to help everyone manage their money better. We do this by giving clear, unbiased money advice to help people make informed choices.
Tel: 0300 500 5000

New Anglia Growth Hub
Growing or starting a business? New Anglia Growth Hub advisers can help.
Tel: 01473 694821
Email: growthhub@newanglia.co.uk

Established in 1982, Nwes, the UK’s largest not-for-profit Enterprise Agency, works in partnership to provide total business support, boost self-employment and encourage entrepreneurial skills throughout the East of England. Nwes offers one-to-one business advice, a range of business and personal skills training courses, access to finance (including Start Up Loans: a government back initiative looking to provide finance to people over 18 wanting to start a business) and serviced business premises, for those wishing to start or grow a business.
Tel: 0845 6099991
Email: info@nwes.org.uk

Papworth Trust
Papworth Trust is a leading disability charity. Their work includes providing a range of high quality services for disabled and disadvantaged people and campaigning for changes that disabled people want.
Tel: 0800 952 5000
Email: info@papworthtrust.org.uk

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Offers start-up benefits for new businesses.
Tel: 01473 694808
Email: nicola@suffolkchamber.co.uk

Suffolk New College's specialised business team offers a simple and professional "One Stop Shop" for all your training needs.
Tel: 01473 382464
Email: business@suffolk.ac.uk

Suffolk Sourcing Platform and Suffolk B2B
Register on these two websites to be alerted to tender opportunities.

Trading for Good
Trading for Good is a national online platform that supports small to medium sized businesses in showcasing the good work they do. Simply join, and TfG will shout about the great work that you do - for charities, for your employees, your suppliers, the environment and for young people entering the world of work. It's completely free to join, and when you record the good work you do you will be able to use the TfG logo in your work - Trading for Good is recognised as the mark of a good business.

Useful contacts and resources

The Business contacts and resources page may provide useful research for businesses in the Ipswich area.

Business networks

There are a number of business networks that operate in Ipswich and the surrounding area. These can be useful when setting up or relocating a business.

24/7 Business Networking
A small 'learning group' teaching members how to use the popular Social Media platforms to promote their businesses. The group meets for breakfast on alternate Wednesdays 07:00 to 09:00 at The Cameo Hotel, Copdock, Ipswich.

Business Connected
Offers local networking events.

Business Over Breakfast
Business networking club in Ipswich meets every two weeks on a Tuesday over breakfast

Crafted Digital Bites
Popular breakfast networking series packed with bite-sized seminars designed to drive your business forward. Events provide easily digestible insights into the latest online marketing trends.

Creative Computing Club
Creative Computing Club provide technology skill sessions for all age participants in Suffolk.

Expert Circles
A group of experts that meets fortnightly to share expertise and give advice. It is an excellent way to build credibility as an established business or to help a start-up avoid some of the mistakes we all make!

A browser based meet up group in Suffolk England, aimed at Developers, Designers and anyone else interested in the goings on behind the front ends of websites.

Federation of Small Businesses
Largest campaigning pressure group, promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

HM Revenue & Customs
Offer a range of free services and workshops to help you understand your tax, National Insurance, VAT and International Trade responsibilities.

Innovation Martlesham
Innovation Martlesham, in association with IP-Network, hosts FREE networking events every month.

Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association
Friendly and very active, non-profit making organisation which is dedicated to the support of small and new businesses in the county.

Ipswich Junior Chamber
Membership of Ipswich Junior Chamber is open to all young professionals in the Ipswich area who would like to meet like-minded people and develop business relationships that can last the duration of their careers.

Joomla! User Group Suffolk
Joomla! User Group Suffolk is a community of people interested in and/or working with Joomla! regardless of your level of experience.

MENTA Coffee Means Business
A monthly relaxed and informal networking meeting for all local businesses.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce exists to serve and support the Suffolk Business Community through a combination of services, networking and lobbying activities.

Suffolk Developers
Software developers getting together to swap stories, build things and learn from each other.

Suffolk Internet Marketing Specialists
If you work in search engine optimisation and internet marketing in any way, shape or form you need to be a part of this popular group.

Sync Ipswich
SyncIpswich is all about getting Ipswich and Suffolk's technology communities together to form new ideas, new startups and push local business growth.

Virtual Head Office - Office Drinks
Business and Social Networking events held on a monthly basis throughout the UK.

If you would like to add details of an Ipswich business network to this page please contact the Economic Development team.

Contact Details

Economic Development,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3E Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432918