Entrepreneurs are being given a helping hand from a new enterprise agency.

Ignite Business Enterprise Ltd is the result of a merger between Business Development Services Ltd and Braintree Enterprise Acorn Units Ltd.

Both organisations have supported fledgling and small companies in Braintree, Witham and Halstead for more than 30 years.

Ignite offers a free service to businesses and is based at The Corner House, near Tesco in Market Place.