Business support and advice

Great Yarmouth is firmly in the centre of the European shipping and offshore energy industries as well as being a popular tourist destination. A designated Enterprise Zone with Assisted Area status, there is availability on industrial parks in and around Great Yarmouth where businesses can set up or grow. Great Yarmouth means business.

Download our pdf icon industry handbook [6Mb] to learn more about Great Yarmouth and its businesses. Please visit the Great Yarmouth means business website for detailed industry sector information, business support (including grants and incentives), industrial estate maps, property for sale or to let and everything you need to know if you are visiting Great Yarmouth on business.

If you are thinking of starting a food business, you can contact us about anything from health and safety, to licensing or waste issues.

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Where can I find help to start or grow my business in Great Yarmouth?

Our enterpriseGY programme offers free advice to help start a new business, and existing businesses to expand. To book a meeting with an advisor please call 0800 458 0146  or 01493 846632.

A number of grants and incentives are also available to help businesses:

If you would like to know more about establishing your business in Great Yarmouth, please contact: 

Toby Matthews, Research and Information Officer
Telephone: 01493 846431

We have two Enterprise Zone sites in Great Yarmouth - these offer business rates relief for up to five years, superfast broadband and simplified planning regulations (subject to State Aid rules). Contact Eunice Edwards for more information. 

What networking opportunities and local business groups are there?

EEEGR (East of England Energy Group) and the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce offer networking events. 

Great Yarmouth Lunch Club meets bi-monthly. Contact them on Great Yarmouth Lunch Club or email for details.

Where do I find information on business licensing?

If you need to license business premises or simply need to find more information on licensing please refer to the licensing section of the website or contact the licensing department.

How can I make sure my business still runs during an emergency?

The GOV.UK website and the Business Continuity Institute both offer good advice on preparing your business for an emergency. You can also contact our emergency planning officer for guidance on 01493 846478 or by email.

How can I apply for a Shopfront Improvement Grant?

Businesses and social enterprises in Great Yarmouth town centre are able to apply for grants to improve their frontages as part of efforts by the borough council to make the central area more attractive to shoppers, residents and investors.

Under the Town Centre Shopfront Improvement Scheme, eligible applicants can ask for grants of up to £3,000 each to help fund shopfront renovation, decoration, new signage and/or replacement of historic features including lighting. Businesses must cover 25 per cent of the total cost themselves.

An initial £60,000 is being made available through the project, part of the borough council's wider Town Centre Initiative, which aims to boost town centre footfall, trade and the local economy.

The shopfront scheme aims to:

  • Improve business frontages, including shops, commercial businesses and social enterprises
  • Enhance the appearance and appeal of the town centre to visitors, customers and local residents
  • Preserve and enhance the special characters of the conservation area, its listed buildings and other buildings of public importance
  • Assist towards encouraging further inward investment and stimulate business and consumer confidence

The application window opened on 1 December 2016 and will remain open until the funding allocation is spent. Completed applications will be assessed on their individual merits by a cross-party sub-group of the Economic Development Committee.

If an application is approved, the business will have six months to complete the works and submit a pdf icon claim form [42kb], with payments made only once works are complete. Before starting work, applicants must have obtained the relevant permissions, including any planning permission and landlord permission required. 

All applicants, whether successful or not, will be offered free business guidance, and advice on marketing, branding and visual merchandising, via enterpriseGY, the borough council's business support service.

You can read the pdf icon Scheme Overview and Guidance [1Mb] and a pdf icon Supporting Information Guide [1Mb], which offers some insight into successful and sympathetic shopfronts. To see if your business is covered by the scheme, please check this pdf icon map [1Mb].

To apply, please complete this pdf icon application form [336kb] and either:

  • email to:
  • post to:
    Shopfront Improvement Grants, Economic Development Unit, Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QF
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