West Berkshire Council

Business Advice

Guidance, tools and resources for businesses

Business advice, guidance and support

We can offer help and support to individual businesses; for example, by helping you with business planning, marketing strategy, or providing general guidance on the local economy and local business sectors. We can also put you in touch with key partners that might be able to help you with a range of topics, including the financial and legal aspects of running your business, providing training and skills and apprenticeships, managing personal development and accessing mentoring services.

Our service is free of charge, confidential and impartial.  Please get in touch if we can help.

Preparing for Brexit - "Check, Change, Go"

On 1 January 2021, the UK left the EU single market and customs union, which saw a vast adjustment to businesses. If you are still facing struggles due to this transition, all Berkshire-based businesses can access the Berkshire Business Growth Hub for free information, advice, and support. Moreover, links to webinars, events and industry specific guidance can be found at: Berkshire Business Growth Hub advice portal.

Guide to Business Accounting

This guide provides useful information for starting your business and includes information on basic business accounting: Guide to Basic Business Accounting

(Please note West Berkshire Council does not specifically recommend the use of Sage accounting products over any other provider.)

Berkshire Business Growth Hub 

If you're a sole trader, business owner or manager looking to grow your business, the Thames Valley Berkshire Business Growth Hub can help.

They offer free advice and networking events to all Berkshire businesses, and a special High Growth support service to a small amount of companies that meet their eligibility criteria.

Visit the Berkshire Business Hub website, where you'll find links to local businesses, updates on forthcoming events and some useful information on aspects of business life such as sales, innovation and marketing.

Local conference and meeting venues


Shaw House, Newbury Shaw House
Shaw House

Shaw House is one of the best preserved Grade I, Elizabethan manor houses in England. Set within tranquil surroundings on the north edge of Newbury, within an hour's reach of London and just five minutes from the M4/A34 junction.

For more information about available rooms and making a booking, please please visit the West Berkshire Heritage website.


Newbury and Lambourn Libraries

Whether you're short of space, want a business venue closer to town or just need a short-term office, these rooms are perfect for cost-effective meetings. Prices range from £12 to £18 per hour and can accommodate up to 30 people. For more information or to book online, please visit the Find a Room page.


Business information from the National Business Crime Centre

The National Business Crime Centre has pdf icon guidance to help make your business safer. [606kb]


If you're considering exporting goods, you can meet with your local government contact for help and support.  In West Berkshire, our Export Finance Adviser is Stuart Stoter. He can be contacted via email at stuart.stoter@ukef.gsi.gov.uk

 The Gov.uk website has more information about UK Export Finance.

Business Networks

Building networks of contacts can help support your business, find advice and give you a say in decisions that will affect your industry.
West Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is a good place to start - they exist to represent and further the interests of businesses in the area.

BuzzConnect is a free network, intended for new and established businesses. It's aim is to provide networking opportunities, workshops and events that will help to develop your business further. The network has been formed by private sector partners with sponsorship from West Berkshire Council. 

Business support from the government

The Business is GREAT website is a single portal for businesses seeking support from the government.

 Find more help and support on Gov.uk.

Business Support Helpline

The Business Support Helpline offers advice and guidance for new and existing businesses. A team of specialist advisors can provide an in-depth personalised service for complex business issues. Telephone 0300 456 3565, Monday to Friday (9am to 6pm) for help on starting and running a business.


Who To Contact