England Business Advice

England Business Advice
England businesses 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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Free Business Planning Resources

The following items are in our FREE start-up pack and can be download individually or as part of the whole pack.
Step By Step
How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.

Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

"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.

Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

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.

Business Plan Template
Business Plan Template and Instructions

One of the most important steps but is often ignored. This document will provide you with a clear road-map for your business.

Start-Up CD
Start Your Own Business CD

We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.

Start Your Own Business Powerpoint
How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation

Designed to compliment the business plan template, this presentation can be personalised and you are welcome to use it (free).


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Cavendish Enterprise

Cavendish Enterprise is a group of highly respected enterprise agencies from across the country, who have come together working in partnership to deliver nationwide contracts supporting start up and growing businesses.

Enterprise Nation

ince launching in 2005, Enterprise Nation have helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses, and, led by founder Emma Jones MBE, Enterprise Nation continues to be the most active UK small business community and a leading campaigning voice for small business. Joining Enterprise Nation connects you with over 70,000 start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners and enterprise experts.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Hartsfield Financial Services Ltd

Business Funding If you want to start a new business, or expand an existing one, you won't get far without finance. A bank overdraft is the most common solution, but there are others - term loans, invoice finance, venture capital and grants, to name but a few. Borrower beware In all these instances the lender will want their return to more than cover the perceived risk. Increasingly this means that they ask you and your fellow directors to provide personal guarantees, in addition to taking legal charges over your business assets. If the business then fails you would stand way behind your creditors when the business assets are sold. Even worse, you could be forced to sell your own personal assets, such as your home, to cover any shortfall. This means you are creating a very uncomfortable situation where you put your personal wealth in jeopardy whilst the third party providing the finance, and profiting from the interest, is well and truly covered. You are taking on all the risk and giving away all the reward. Where our partnership approach pays off There are, however, other ways of structuring finance packages that are weighted more in your favour. Whether you are raising additional funds, or reviewing your existing arrangements, we can provide you with tailored solutions that give you more control of your own destiny. This process starts with an initial meeting to discuss your objectives. This is totally at our expense, without obligation and only covers those details you are happy to discuss. We'll then provide you with a written recommendation that's tailored to meet your unique requirements. If you decide to proceed we'll draw up a letter of engagement detailing the work to be undertaken and the costs involved. We'll then work in partnership with you to provide the on-going support you need to achieve your goals.


ITaSKCIC, work for the community by providing training and consultancy services. At the heart of our services is the commitment to: - provide training, consultancy and educational services for people who wish to improve their employment and life chances by using Mind Track 2training techniques. We utilise unique methods of pictures, sounds, music and colours combined with easy flow and understandable text. - provide training in workplaces to meet legal compliance, First aid, Health and Safety levels 1 and 2, Fire Warden Training, Data Protection, Equality and Diversity, and much more. - provide training, consultancy information, advice and guidance on self-employment awareness and equality of opportunity for groups including the disadvantaged in society. Compiling - Business Plans, Start up Traing, Marketing Strategy, Workshops are designed to help you understand/develop: - your business concept (so you can check and refine its viability) The Business Start Up Workshop is designed for people who are about to start or have recently started a business. You will learn why business planning is important and how to write a business plan. You will gain an understanding of the environment in which you will trade and the importance of market research. The legal status of your business, regulations and managing your relationship with the HMRC will ensure that you are keeping your business legal. We also look at Clarifing your vision for the future, How to set SMART goals, Understanding the trading environment, How to get more customers and Financial management.

National Enterprise Network

The National Enterprise Network is a membership body for those committed to the support and development of enterprise. Members are not-for-profit organisations which provide independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses. As well as enterprise agencies, Members also include Chambers of Commerce, local authorities, further and higher education providers and other specialist enterprise support providers. Key activities include representing the sector with key stakeholders in central government, official agencies and the private sector, providing unique membership products and services to members and managing national business support contracts such as the Barclays Let's Talk Business series. According to member research collected for 2011/2012, our network of enterprise support organisations supported the creation of 17,500 businesses over the last year and almost 25,000 new jobs. Our members operated loan funds in the region of

PopUp Business School

Start the business you want. The PopUp Business School run start-up events to help people start small businesses and making money doing what they love. Our approach is the polar opposite of traditional approaches to starting a business. We don't believe in business plans and we definitely don't believe in loans or grants because this puts more people off than it helps. We'll show you how to start without spending any money, make a great website for free, and get you to your first sale. 30% of the people that come on our course start their business before the end of the workshop and 27% make their first sale!

Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council are keen to support new business start-ups in the area and their website has a page dedicated to the subject. Their own services include: access to funding which includes a start-up grant scheme called 'Bridging the Gap. This allows you to bid for between

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

Start Up Donut

The Start-Up Donut website contains sections dedicated to starting a business by sector (over 200 types covered); Marketing; Law; Technology; and Tax. Part of the range of Donut sites, it also has weekly news updates aimed at start-ups and existing businesses.

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trustwork with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they are with you every step of the way. Since 1983 the Prince's Trust helped over 80,000 young people to start their own business.

X Forces

Support armed forces and emergency service communities to start up businesses across the UK with Start Up Loans, mentoring and support.

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

Community Empowerment
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.

Croydon Enterprise
Croydon Enterprise is a complete package of support for local people who want to start or grow their own business, develop their skills or find a new career. From practical one-to-one support for the complete novice through to funding, skills programmes and premises advice, we offer guidance every step of the way and most of our services are provided free of charge. So whether you are thinking about enterprise and need help with the first steps, or already have an existing business and are looking to grow and expand, there are a lots of practical ways we can help. 020 8680 6161

Enterprise Cornwall Limited
Whether you are thinking of starting a business or are already running your own business anywhere in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Enterprise Cornwalls??? experienced business advisors provide advice and guidance on starting and running your own business in simple, easy to understand language. They are available to meet with you on a One2One basis to talk through your business idea and to guide you through the key issues of planning a new business e.g. the implications of self employment, the legal requirements, market research & raising finance. Enterprise Cornwall runs FREE, half day ???Awareness??? workshops at convenient locations across Cornwall which cover the frequently asked questions about starting and running your own business. FREE workshops are also run giving an in depth understanding of financial planning, sales & marketing.

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).

Essex Education Business Partnership
The Business Ambassador Scheme is a new initiative by Essex Education Business Partnership to acknowledge those businesses and individuals that regularly give their time and commitment to schools and colleges across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. 01245 463 807

Essex Libraries Business Information Service
Did you know that Essex Libraries has a Business Information Service that can help people who want to start a business and also support established businesses in the county? Based at Chelmsford Library, staff are on hand 7 days a week to answer your questions and you can also access a huge range of business information online at your local library. So whether you have a business idea or not you can find all the information you need to get you going. Our Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs) will give you the essential facts on hundreds of business opportunities and our Business Information Factsheets (BIFs) will make it really simple to write your business plan or choose the right legal status for your venture. You may have a great idea, but you need to do your market research first. You can build up a picture of your potential market from authoritative resources including COBRA, Key Note and Datamonitor. Our community profiles will also help you to choose the right location for your business. And if you decide to set up a Limited Company we can help with that too. For just 01245 492535

Gateshead Council Economic Development Service
Where to find help if you live in the Gateshead area or if you are thinking abour starting a new business. 0191 433 2815

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

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.

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.

Innovate 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.

Learning and Skills Council - Essex
The Learning and Skills Council exists to make England better skilled and more competitive. We have a single goal: to improve the skills of England???s young people and adults to ensure we have a workforce of world-class standard. 0845 019 4179

Manchester Business Consortium
Manchester Business Consortium is an Enterprise Agency & company limited by guarantee. We have 20 years experience in delivering support to start-up and existing businesses. The Enterprise Agency is part of a network of referral and delivery. 0161 236 1168

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

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
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

Shell Livewire
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.

Young Enterprise
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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