Business opportunities

Located in the heart of Essex, Brentwood is an attractive location for business, combining a high quality environment with close proximity to London and a well qualified workforce.

Brentwood has a diverse economy providing almost 40,000 jobs, a thriving entrepreneurial culture, with above average rates of business start-ups.

The borough has excellent connectivity through rail and road connections including links with the M25 and A12 and fast rail links with London and East Anglia which will improve further with the arrival of Crossrail. The airports of Stansted, London City and Southend are a 30-minute drive away. The Dartford Tunnel and Tilbury Docks are also within easy rich and Harwich and Felixstowe are 90-minutes' drive.

With a good mix of shops, schools, employers and recreational facilities; the town centres of Brentwood, Shenfield and Ingatestone; and being surrounded by open countryside, the borough of Brentwood has a superior locational advantage attractive to businesses and residents.

Have your say

If you are a company based anywhere in Brentwood and would like to be kept up to date with the Council's business support activities and become more involved in strengthening your local community, please let us know.

Sign up to receive alerts from Brentwood Borough Council about business support, advice and funding.

We will consult you on key local decisions, include your feedback in planning the way forward for the local economy and put you in touch with organisations who can help and support your business.

For more information, please email business@brentwood.gov.uk. Please state your name, your business and address, contact details and query.

Advertising and sponsorship

Sponsoring projects and events within your local community provides business with the opportunity to show pride and support for their locality by associating their company name with worthwhile causes.

There are a number of opportunities to support your local community through sponsorship including events, cleanup projects, locations, street furniture, publications and advertising.

Community events sponsorship

There are a number of affordable opportunities for businesses to sponsor our community events or advertise in our programmes. There is also the opportunity for businesses to become annual events sponsors. As a result of being an event sponsor, you could benefit from the following:

  • Your logo on publicity material
  • Acknowledgement in press releases
  • Direct hyperlinks to your company's website from the Borough Council website
  • Promotional stalls for your business
  • Mentions on social media
  • Your banners displayed at events
  • Live acknowledgement throughout events by stage host

Should your business like to sponsor a Council event or advertise with us, please contact the events team at events@brentwood.gov.uk

Council notice boards

Charitable or community events may be placed on Council notice boards in the Borough in special circumstances and subject to space availability. Business advertising is not permitted. To make an enquiry for use of a Council noticeboard please complete the online form below:

Submit a general enquiry

Advertising in public places

Advertisements are not permitted on railings or public highways due to the distraction they may cause to drivers and therefore any unauthorised advertising will be removed by Essex County Council.

Markets

When visiting the market please ensure you practice social distancing and adhere to government guidance.

It is each stall holders responsibility to adhere to the guidance and operate safe working practices. The guidance may be subject to change at any time and it is therefore necessary to continue to check the government website for any updates.

Brentwood Borough Council has risk assessed the opening of the market and will require the following to be undertaken by each stall before trading is permitted:

  1. Stall holders may be allocated a different pitch to allow for sufficient social distancing and queue management.
  2. Set up and take down times remain the same, but this may be staggered if deemed necessary to allow for social distancing.
  3. Stalls to provide adequate hand washing/sanitisation facilities/products for both customers and staff.
  4. To display adequate hand washing, social distancing, other relevant COVID-19 signage on the stall in clearly visible locations, or as directed by Brentwood Borough Council.
  5. No trading must take place outside the curtilage of the stall/allocated pitch.
  6. A written risk assessment must be undertaken of the stall, which must include the following points:
  • Consideration of the laying out out the stall to maximize the opportunity for social distancing.  The approach taken will be different depending on stock type but each stall should generally ensure the layout does not require stall employees to stand outside the curtilage of the stall to trade, provide a clear view of goods on sale to reduce the need for public to enter the stall area, and the handling of stock. It is recommended where possible, trading from behind a counter or table which will promote social distancing and prevent customers handling goods should be implemented where possible.
  • The management of the social distancing of queuing of customers, and particularly the conflict that may arise with other stalls, the queues for other stalls or premises, and with members of the public passing the market area.
  • When hand washing is required and the amount and location of adequate hand washing/sanitisation facilities/products to be provided.
  • The use of cashless transactions where possible.
  • The provision and use of PPE where required.

Brentwood Retail and Farmers Market is held every Friday and Saturday in the High Street.

The market gives the public the opportunity to purchase value for money food and goods not always available in the shops.

For further information, including where street trading is prohibited and how to apply for consent in those roads where it is permissible please view our Street and Market Trading Policy in Brentwood High Street pdf.

For enquiries regarding the High Street markets please email licensing@brentwood.gov.uk or view the Street Trading section of this website.

Superfast broadband

Essex County Council is leading the Superfast Essex Broadband Project – an investment in Essex’s broadband infrastructure. It will bring much improved superfast broadband to homes and businesses across the county. 

Further information is available at www.superfastessex.org