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Business & Licensing

Business & Licensing

Business Support

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The Economic Development Team is the business facing department of Rochford District Council and comprises of two Economic Development Officers and a Business Support Officer.

Paula Chapman – Economic Development Officer (Mon-Wed)
Cheryl Milton-White – Economic Development Officer (Thu-Fri)
Sarah Moss – Business Support Officer

Our aim is to assist local businesses to grow and develop, to promote new business start-ups, to nurture and inspire entrepreneurial talent, and to encourage existing businesses to relocate to the Rochford District.

We are also passionate about promoting tourism within the District and supporting businesses who want to engage with the tourism sector.

For any business support queries you may have, please contact us using this form

More detail of the services and assistance on offer are available in this section of the website. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please contact us on the details provided or use the online enquiry form.

Business Rates

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Business Rates are collected by local councils and are the means by which businesses and others who occupy non-domestic property make a contribution towards the costs of the local services.

You can pay your Business Rates online, search for the rateable value of any property in the district and with a PIN number you can view your own Business Rate account details.

Pay Your Business Rates Online Find the Rateable Value of a Business


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Use the licensing section on our Website to find out more information on:

  • the sale of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment;
  • betting, gaming and lotteries;
  • making charitable collections;
  • carrying out motor salvage operations or scrap metal dealing;
  • street trading (including use of pavements) and for sex establishments.
  • acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis
Information on Licensing View Licensing Applications Online

Food Safety

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The safety of food is vital to each and every consumer. It is also vital to each and every producer, processor, manufacturer and retailer. Consumers must have confidence that the food they buy and eat will do them no harm. The importance of consumer confidence cannot be underestimated for business upon whom rests the main responsibility for ensuring the protection of its customers.


Information on Food Safety Food Safety Questions and Answers