The following organisations provide various levels of support for start-ups and growing businesses. In some cases, they provide free basic support. For example Enterprise Agencies will provide free support for individuals who live in their district or borough.
However, please check individually, as some organisations/agencies charge for additional services. Please note that these links will take you to third party websites. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is correct. We cannot be held responsible or liable for the information contained on third party websites.
The British Library Business & IP Centre
Business and intellectual property information, workshops, events and one to one advice
Tel: 0207 412 7901
Exhibitions throughout the year on everything related to starting up.
Visit Website: www.bstartup.com/
The Bright Ideas Trust
Provides business support to 16-30 year olds in London who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET) or from socially excluded groups and are looking to start their own business. Can also assist with brokering start-up loans
Business Finance and Support Finder (Gov.uk)
Central Government portal, part of the Gov.UK website, provides details of where you can obtain either funding, a grant, a loan, or support for your business. Select the industry you are in, which stage your business is at, how it is structured, where you are located, and then you will be provided with a list of external websites to visit, providing you with further detais
The Centre for Fashion Enterprise
London’s pioneering business incubator that supports and nurtures emerging fashion design talent.
Tel: Tel: 020 7514 2295
Provides support for entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses in the creative and cultural industries.
Support for home-based businesses
Business support led by disabled people in London, to help disabled-led businesses
Tel: 0845 671 7173
Provides support for growing businesses. They will discover new insights into your business growth, team you up with proven experts in your industry to help you determine how best to grow your business.
The government’s online self-help portal which incorporates information from the previous “Business Link” websites and “Directgov”
HM Revenue & Customs
Information of UK’s tax and customs
Provides online Small Business Advice (articles, guides, plans, factsheets), Small Business Directory & Small Business News, plus Business Services for SMEs, Entrepreneurs & Startups.
A portal which enables you to search thousands of business funding opportunities
Leonard Cheshire Disability
Supports thousands of disabled people both in the UK and in more than 50 other countries, with physical impairments, learning difficulties and long-term health conditions, as well as their carers, friends and families. Funds Enabled4Growth detailed above. Also co-hosts the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK. Visit: www.lcdisability.org/
Tel: 020 3242 0200 Fax: 020 3242 0250
Business Debtline providing free confidential advice for small businesses
Tel: 0800 197 6026
PCG (Free online resources, Membership required for some services)
Provides support for UK Freelancers and contractors, plus lobbys government for policy changes which migh affect freelancers and contractors
The Prince’s initiative for Mature Enterprise, providing enterprise support for people over 50
Tel: 0800 783 1904
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise support for 18-30 year olds
Tel: 0207 543 1400
Shell LiveWire Free online business support for young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 30. They also have regular competitions and awards
Tel: 0191 423 6229
Start-up Loans: The government funded start-up loans scheme offers start-up loans to 18-30 year olds to start-up a business. Applicants need to apply, their application and business plan will be assessed, and if successful, they will be awarded a loan (of up to £2,500).
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
The Government department which encourages foreign direct investment and helps UK-based companies to export elsewhere.
Tel: 020 7215 5000
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