"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 Northern Ireland 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.
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
Causeway Enterprise Agency
Causeway Enterprise Agency Limited (CEA) is an independent, business support organisation dedicated to building a strong and sustainable local economy by helping both new and established small businesses in the Coleraine area to maximise their potential. 028 7035 6318
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.
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).
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.
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
NI Business Info
nibusinessinfo.co.uk is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland. nibusinessinfo.co.uk, a free service offered by Invest Northern Ireland, is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland. It contains essential information, support and services for you and your business
Northumberland Business Service Ltd
NBSL are a not for profit enterprise agency that operate from 7 Business Advice Centres located throughout Northumberland. We provide free start up support to anyone considering starting their own business. We also manage workspace for new businesses in Berwick. In addition to one to one support we run group sessions on business topics. If you live in Northumberland please contact us to arrange to see an Adviser in your local area. All our Advisers are SFEDI accredited which is the industry standard. Our Business Advice Centres are located in: Berwick x 2. Alnwick, Ashington, Blyth, Morpeth and Hexham 01670 813322
Oxford Innovation - Business Northumberland
Oxford Innovation supports high growth businesses across Northumberland with a unique coaching programme to help improve business performance and success. Oxford Innovation delivers the Business Northumberland High Growth Programme on behalf of Arch. Offering intensive coaching support for high growth businesses in Northumberland, the programme is available to eligible businesses that have been trading for over 12 months. Oxford Innovation has a team of highly experienced coaches, all with backgrounds of proven commercial success at senior management level. Bringing new perspectives and detailed specialist knowledge from a wide range of sectors and disciplines, we are available to support ambitious businesses seeking to drive forward the economy of Northumberland. 01670 528 403
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.
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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