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STANTA History

STANTA was incorporated in 1984 with a mission to provide business advice to people in the local district

This was complemented in 1986 with opening of the St Albans Enterprise Centre which provided small, low risk, licenced office units to SMEs.

In 2005 STANTA opened its new purpose-built offices at STANTA Business Centre in Soothouse Spring St Albans, which eventually superseded its original leased premises.

The building is owned by STANTA and is designed to provide secure funding for free business support in the district for the long term, as well as a home to a number of expanding small businesses

STANTA is a Not for Profit enterprise with surplus property income used to fund free and low cost business advice to the local community

For more information call us today on 01727 837760 and or email us at advice@stanta.co.uk

2014 –  Celebrating 30 years with an updated look and website

In May, at OAs Sports Club, St Albans MP Anne Main, St Albans City and District Mayor, Annie Brewster and new Harpenden Mayor, Mary Maynard joined 150 local business people to celebrate STANTA’s 30 years successfully supporting local businesses. The Board took the opportunity to launch its new brand and website.

“I love the new logo and website– it reflects STANTA’S straight forward yet progressive way of helping businesses and the bright colours make it very memorable” commented Vicky La Trobe, a Chamber of Commerce member.


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2015 – Proud Award Winners

STANTA usually works away quietly in the background – partly because we fund our free services from our own business premises business and do not yet have the funding to expand these. However, in the last 18 months,we have relaunched our brand, with a new website and business information resource centre, and launched a series of training courses to add to our free one-to-one business advice for new businesses. We thought it was time to make a bit more noise, and as such are particularly gratified to receive the Community Business Award from the FSB, whose services to small business are so useful, and who lobby so hard for the sector.

         – Inaugural St Albans Business Festival

We were delighted to support this Chamber initiative, attending networking events and exhibiting at the Hertfordshire Business Expo. The EXPO brought businesses together across the county and across all business sectors, energising, inspiring the local business community. This was a perfect opportunity to spread the word about how STANTA can help new and small business to Start, Grow and Develop.



Aarti and Ginny manning the Stand


Sophie, Aarti and Ginny



Delicious Cup Cakes to tempt passing participants


STANTA notebooks and workshop leaflets


2016 – Founding directors retire

2 of our founding Directors, Peter Burton and Colin Gaskell retired in this year after over 30 years service. To mark their contribution to STANTA, and to thank them for their hard work, we met to say our good-byes on a lovely summer evening at St Michaels Manor.


Quality Assured Member

Regarding the FSB Business Community Award Mel Hilbrown, Executive Director, said: “This is the first time STANTA has entered an awards competition, so it’s exciting to have a 100% record!”