"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.
See list of local business support organisations below.
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An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.Download
"You don't know what you don't know!" Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.Download
This very popular infographic provides a colourful visual walk through the start-up process and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers.Download
We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.Download
If you run your own business in Bristol and would like to learn more about , we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.
BRAVE Enterprise has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful and profitable businesses in Bristol. BRAVE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Bristol. BRAVE provides support to: Trading businesses looking to develop and grow Business needing solutions to problems, Start-up businesses, those thinking about starting a business or becoming self employed for the first time. 0117 944 5330
BRAVE Enterprise has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful and profitable businesses in Bristol.BRAVE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Bristol. 0117 944 5330
Practical Advice and Support for Start ups and Small Businesses 07734 918755
Business in the Community
Business in the Community mobilises business for good. Its members commit to improve the way in which they manage their resources, be that their people or the planet. Its power is the unique platform this creates for collaborative action. 020 7566 8650
Business West is one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. 01275 373373
Empowering Communities through Mutual Self-help. Starting a social Enterprise? Community Empowerment Limited offers free advice to people looking to start their own co-operative social enterprises and create employment in the UK. We'll Help you in starting a sustainable and successful enterprise developed with the proven business model of co-operative values and principles.
Professional advice and guidance for business owners on all issues relating to the employment and management of people within a business. We provide practical solutions which really benefit your business. 7711843014
Enterprise Europe Network
The largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Enterprise Support Service
Big Support for Small Business Whatever size or shape of small business you are, and whatever your business needs, the Bristol Enterprise Support Service powered by Blue Orchid is for you! We offer a FREE customised support package designed specifically to help small businesses to: 01173 703 134
Flair 4 IT
Flair4IT are a energetic, fresh faced IT company at the heart of Bristol supporting companies ranging from SME's to local government. 8452990811
Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business. Find the sources of information and practical advice you need to make your new venture a success
Hartcliffe and Withywood Ventures
Free confidential impartial information, advice and guidance is provided. For further information please call 0117 9781708 between 9.00am - 5.00pm or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 0117 9781708
HM Revenue & Customs offers a new FREE e-learning tool that advises on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own business. The package includes learning checks and videos as well as links to further advice on YouTube & gov.uk website. Contact via website.
Hutchinson (Legal) & Associates
A legal services firm, providing advice on the best structure for new start-ups (LLP, LTD etc), as well as drafting any necessary documentation from Articles and Memorandums of Association, Shareholder Agreements, Partnership Agreements. 0845 094 2885
ICAEW Business Advice Service
The ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS) plays a vital role in the business support landscape, offering free advice and resourceful finance advice guides to start-ups and SMEs in thousands of locations across the UK.
The UK’s innovation agency. We’re an organisation of around 300 staff, drawn mainly from business. We work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. With a strong business focus, we drive growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation.
Mentorsme.co.uk is Britain's first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services. The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage of their business and their location in Britain.
New Enterprise Allowance – Department for Work and Pensions
New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) can provide money and support to help people start their own business if they get certain benefits and have a business idea that could work. This includes support from a business mentor. Contact your local Job Centre Plus
Outset Bristol provides free training and support to people who are considering starting their own business in Bristol. Outset Bristol is now also able to offer Start Up Loans for entrepreneurs aged over 30. These low interest loans are funded by the government and available to people starting up and new businesses trading for less than one year. Alongside Outset Bristol's comprehensive pre-start support you will be offered your own post-funding mentor to help keep you on track. 0800 032 2903
A free searchable database of some 10,000+ European business opportunities where companies can look for specific business partnering opportunities or arrange to have their own offers or requests added.
School for Social Entrepreneurs
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) helps people to start up, scale and strengthen organisations that tackle social and environmental problems. Every year, SSE supports more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs and social-sector leaders through learning. It runs courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. SSE helps in other ways too, like connecting people with funding and mentoring. SSE has been equipping social entrepreneurs since 1997, when it was founded by Michael Young. Today, its network of schools are changing lives and transforming communities across the UK, Canada and India.
Shaw Trust is a national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently. 01225 716 300
The UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business. Register for your FREE Shell LiveWIRE account so you can;Apply for business funding including our monthly 0191 423 6229
Start & Grow
An online business resources platform in the UK that supports the business journey from pre-start to start-up, and on through stages of growth. Bitesize course modules can help you master the essentials of starting and growing your business
The Intellectual Property Office
The Intellectual Property Office is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. These rights include Patents, Designs, Trade marks, Copyright. 0300 0200 015
The Prince's Trust
The Prince's Trust is a UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working. They help young people realise their potential and transform their lives. Services include: Business Programme. Funding and support to help young people (aged 18-30) to start their own business. Low interest loan of up to See website for full details.
West of England LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The LEP aims to promote economic growth and prosperity in the West of England. It will play a key role in delivering 95,000 jobs in the area by 2030 and attracting at least 1billion of private sector investment over the next five years. The LEP will help put the West of England on the map nationally and internationally, raising the profile of the key high-growth sectors of aerospace; creative industries; environmental industries; silicon and microelectronics, and; tourism that are vital to the region's economy.The LEP will also encourage high-levels of new business start-ups and the growth of small businesses, help to create a skilled workforce that meets the needs of business, attract inward investment and develop and lobby for an infrastructure to help businesses thrive. 0117 903 6868
With more than 40 years' experience, Young Enterprise is the UK's leading business and enterprise education charity. The businesses and volunteers that support Young Enterprise take an active role in building a better-motivated, educated and enterprising workforce, at the same time making a real difference to the existing lives and future potential of young people who live and attend school in their area. 01865 776845
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