Useful Information

Please find below some links to useful information.

Business plan outline

Information on Local Authorities:




Broadband for Business:

Information on Trading Standards:

Fair Trading













Food Safety


Buy with Confidence Scheme

HM Revenue and Customs
  • Self Employed Ready Reckoner tool (budgeting for your first self employed tax bill) – ready reckoner





Free to members of Essex Libraries

(Free to join, you just need to visit the library to obtain your library card)

COBRA Business Factsheets via link above

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) is a comprehensive, practical and continually updated information resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan, or conduct research into new markets and much more!  It includes:

  • Business Opportunity Profiles – essential information for people who want to increase knowledge about necessary qualifications and skills, legislation and basic trading issues. “Advice for beginners”.

  • Business Information Factsheets – essential information for customers who would like to set up a new business – everything about law, recruitment process, PR and advertising and how to write business plan.

  • UK Market Synopses – Basic information about markets in UK (consumer profiles, market trends and sources of market information)

  • Local Area Profiles – Business information providers in local areas who can help with legal or financial issues

  • Business Legal Library – Legislation relevant to different businesses

  • Sources of Business Information – Names and addresses of useful organisations when setting up new business.

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