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Council business services

We have experienced teams available that can support your business to start and grow.

Business support

We help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises to access the full range of business support opportunities and grant funding that is available. You will find we can help simplify the often complex business support landscape, enabling you to find solutions quickly, and make connections to grow your operations.

Business rates

We can help you with business rate reduction enquiries and to register as a new business on the rates register.

Business licensing and permits

We process, regulate, and enforce a wide variety of licences, permits, and registrations relating to: street trading, alcohol, betting and gaming, scrap metal dealers, taxi hire, charitable collections, animal welfare, and others.

Bins, waste, and recycling

We provide local businesses with a reliable trade waste collection service at very competitive prices.

Customer services

We can help you find the right team to help your business.

Commercial environmental health

We can help you to be Covid-secure, manage enforcements and breaches, and provide general guidance on commercial environmental regulations. In addition, there is an advisory service for new food businesses.

Commercial property and estates

We can help you find council-owned commercial properties to rent, including offices, shops, or light manufacturing units.


We can help you if you're planning to hold an event, street party, fete, or fair, and check which licences or permissions you might need.

Health and wellbeing

We can help you have a healthier workforce, reducing absenteeism and increasing business productivities.


We can help you with planning applications, enforcements, or breaches, change of business purpose requests, and identifying new build land plots across Ashfield. However, if you want to know who owns a plot of land, then please search for properties using HM Land Registry.

Towns and markets

We offer support to retailers and market traders to maximise on their trading potentials.

Trading Standards Commercial Services

Nottinghamshire County Council have a specialist commercial team of experienced Trading Standards Officers who have the most up to date knowledge of legislation and industry changes to help you achieve compliance and protect your business.

You can book a free 30-minute initial consultation by going to the contact commercial services link shown below and completing a business advice request form. They will be able help to identify and prioritise what you need to do and if your situation requires more support than this, you can buy additional hours in blocks of 5 and 10 so that you can get the ‘right level’ of help you need to suit your industry and situation.

Page last updated: 24 May 2024