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Hertfordshire County Council

Services for businesses

Start and grow your business with Hertfordshire Libraries. Whether you’re running a business or thinking of setting up, libraries are here to help.



Information and resources

Welwyn Garden City Central Library is our hub for specialist business resources to help set up and grow your business, for market research and to find company information.


COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)

Practical information for starting up, running and managing a small business.

Includes profiles of business ideas, management factsheets and UK market sector reports. 

Available in Bishop's Stortford, Borehamwood, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford and Welwyn Garden City libraries.




Access to Research

Free access to over 30 million academic articles from a huge range of journals, including business.

Available in all libraries.



Rooms and spaces

Book a room for meetings, training your team, presentations with clients, your next interview, or just to have that thinking space away from the office. 

Working from home not ideal? Finding the local café too noisy? Find your quiet space in your local library and use our free Wi-Fi.

Ideally located at the heart of communities, we have a selection of rooms for hire at competitive prices across Hertfordshire.

Display spaces, pop-up shops and stalls




Expert business guidance

Wenta – business support organisation providing training, advice and workspaces. Chat online to a business advisor.

Hertfordshire Growth Hub – business support specialists offering free advice, information and resources. Register for free and access GrantFinder.

Hertfordshire County Council business area – includes Trading Standards.

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