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Where to find business support organisations who help start-ups.

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Businesses in Cornwall are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"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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Our team of friendly and supportive expert business advisors will help you explore your business idea.A range of informal information sessions, practical workshops and online learning will give you the tools and confidence you need to start your business journey.Start Your Business workshopsOur Start Your Business workshops will allow you to explore whether starting a business is right for you.These sessions are usually run as five half day sessions over a five-week period, at the same time and location each week.

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Could you be an Enterprise Adviser
There is an exciting opportunity happening nationally that we would like you to consider…. All over the country local professionals like you are volunteering to support schools as Enterprise Advisers, bridging the gap between business and education by helping to raise aspirations and understanding about the world of work. You will work strategically with the school to identify ways to improve their careers and enterprise plans and increase the opportunities for students to learn more about the local jobs market. We know that by increasing the encounters students have with employers it can considerably reduce the likelihood (up to 86%) of them being out of education, employment or training when they leave school and increase their overall earnings by around 18%. I am sure you agree that this is an invaluable initiative for our young people and our future workforce which your organisation can be a part of. We are currently looking for business people to get involved and would like the opportunity to come and discuss this initiative with you. As well as support for the mainstream secondary schools we are also looking for individuals passionate about supporting young people with additional needs and helping to address some of the specific challenges they may face in terms of finding a career. If you or someone you know might be interested and would like to find out more please contact me and I will be happy to pop in for a chat. Sarah McCammon sarah.mccammon@cornwall.gov.uk CIoS Enterprise Adviser Network Pydar House, Pydar Street, TRURO, TR1 1XU
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Business Cornwall
Business Cornwall has a section dedicated to local startup stories and useful information. Business Cornwall is Cornwall's leading business news publication and website.
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Cornwall Trade & Investment
Find out how Cornwall Trade & Investment can help new and existing businesses in the county. Access free support and/or download their setting up a business guide.
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Prowess- Women in Business
Prowess is the online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish. Be inspired Prowess is full of stories and shared experiences from women who’ve made their own way in business. Everyone has a story to tell. And women who are thinking of starting a business – and those looking to grow – say there aren’t enough stories of real women in business out there. In our recent survey 43% said they wanted to read more experiences and case studies from ‘real’ women in business! Read them here, or submit your own here.
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Startup-Club
Are you interested in setting up a business but not sure if it’s for you? You’re not alone. Our popular Startup Club has helped dozens of people like you to get to grips with the basics of business. Spaces are limited - reserve yours today.
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The Growth & Skills Hub
Ready to take your business to the next level? Need new skills to adapt to a new way of working?With expert, independent and impartial guidance its time to make contacting the Growth and Skills Hub your next move today...
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Freelance Heroes
The Freelance Heroes portal is the best place for UK freelancers and small business owners to be seen and get the support they need. Whether you’re starting out, settling in to or scaling up your freelance business, navigating the changing marketplace can be challenging. That’s why on top of essential practical support, our community provides the moral support to help you go it alone without feeling alone. We like to think of our members as virtual business sidekicks; always there, when you need them. Free membership includes: fortnightly emails with tips and news; the right to access advice and support through our 10,000 strong community of freelancers; invites to our community events.
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Outset Cornwall
Our team of friendly and supportive expert business advisors will help you explore your business idea.A range of informal information sessions, practical workshops and online learning will give you the tools and confidence you need to start your business journey.Start Your Business workshopsOur Start Your Business workshops will allow you to explore whether starting a business is right for you.These sessions are usually run as five half day sessions over a five-week period, at the same time and location each week.
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Cornwall Council - Business Advice & Support
Cornwall Councils website contains a section dedicated to business support and advice.
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Cornwall Growth Programme
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme is the European economic regeneration programme for the region running for the period 2014-2020. The Growth Programme contributes to the EU and local ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.Over a hundred projects have received funding through the programme to support business, research and development, low carbon initiatives, infrastructure, employment and training, agriculture, with the overall objective to improve the quality of life of Cornish citizens.Many of these projects are delivering until 2023, and further information can be found on our projects page.The Growth Programme is funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and is worth over 600 million.
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Cornwall Development Company
Here at CDC we take our responsibilities to the businesses and people we work with very seriously. In line with Government guidance our staff are now, in the main, working from home, continuing to support the economic development of Cornwall. We are still contactable through email, and via our mobile phones. All of our programmes, projects, and work continue, so please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to talk to someone. Visit our Programmes page to find out more about our work.
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Business Information Point Limited
Business Information Point have been providing tailored, small business advice in Devon and Somerset for over 20 years. During that time weve helped literally thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing free or heavily subsidised, high quality support and advice.
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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership drives activity to support business growth, create jobs and help people realise their potential.
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Business Regulatory Support
If you are looking to expand or grow your business, or need help exporting your products, this department at Cornwall Council has the expertise to provide this specialist advice.
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Citizens Advice Cornwall
Citizens Advice can provide you with the information and advice you need for the challenges you face. Our advice and information is free, confidential, independent and impartial and includes topics as wide ranging as employment law, benefits, housing, debt, consumer rights, discrimination, family & personal, and immigration & nationality.
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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub
Work with local businesses, including self employed people and not for profit organisations to find the right guidance and support to help their business work smarter, develop and grow.
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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Programme is the European economic regeneration programme for the region. Running until 2020, it will contribute to the EU ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Skills Hub
Staff development has the power to boost efficiency, improve engagement and help your people shine. Nurture the talent of your team and make your business thrive. 
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Cornwall Council Business Support and Advice
This page on the Cornwall Council's website contains details of business support in the area.
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Cornwall Development Company
Cornwall Development Company is the arms length economic development company of Cornwall Council.  It is designed to deliver a bespoke, business facing service and to deliver the economic vision and strategy for Cornwall.
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Cornwall Innovation
Three Centres across Cornwall aimed at inspiring dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success.
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Islands Partnership
The Islands’ Partnership (IP) is a non-profit making company that is limited by guarantee.  It is funded entirely by membership subscription together with some corporate sponsorship.  We are responsible for marketing the Isles of Scilly as a destination, and for managing the Visit Isles of Scilly brand in all its facets.
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Outset Cornwall
At Outset Cornwall we know how scary the thought of working for yourself and managing the challenges of running a business can be. No matter who you are, or where you are in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we wont baffle you with jargon, but share our wealth of knowledge and expertise in a friendly and supportive way. Outset Cornwall is a really flexible, friendly and totally FREE programme that can help you every step of the way, from the first stages of your business idea through to planning and launching your business, and beyond! Be someone who can say Im glad I did rather than I wish I had!
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Purnells Licensed Insolvency Practitioners
Purnells are located In Devon, Cornwall and South Wales with offices in Truro, Falmouth, Helston and Newport. Purnells Insolvency Practitioners specialise 100% in Insolvency and are regarded very highly amongst corporate professionals. As with all new clients, Purnells offer a free meeting in person or by telephone to discuss their individual options. This may include advice regarding: Liquidations, Administrations, Pre-packs, Individual Voluntary Arrangements, Personal Insolvency, how to set up a Phoenix Company and how to quickly freeze creditors.
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