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

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Businesses in Suffolk 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.

Can you help start-ups in Suffolk?

If so, your logo, company details and link to your site could be here!

If you are based in in Suffolk or offer a product or service which could help existing local businesses and start-ups, we would love you to help you reach them. Our aim is to increase the chances of every new business's success by highlighting the help that is available in the area.

You are able to add a free listing or act as our recommended local partner for only £10 per year!

Local partners

We are happy to promote anyone who is prepared to offer friendly support to local start-ups.

Our local partners have been kind enough to help us and are keen to help you too.

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Start Your Own Business in Suffolk

Download the 2024 edition of our Free guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered with links to useful articles and relevant contacts.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don't become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English and points to where you can find help and support.

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Suffolk Business Advisors

We offer a 6 day training course on Practical Skills for Business to help people who are unemployed start their own business or become self-employed. The course covers all the important areas you need to know about such as, business planning, raising finance, finding and keeping customers, legislation, tax, VAT and managing money etc. If you are unemployed or economically inactive and aged 24 or over the course is fully funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership works with businesses, education and local authority partners to drive growth and enterprise in Norfolk and Suffolk. We secure public and private investment to deliver a range of programmes and initiatives with partners to improve infrastructure, skills and business support. Our work focuses on three sectors which support our place at the forefront of tackling the challenges and opportunities of climate change. This is the UKs clean growth region.
New Anglia Growth Hub
Led by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, and delivered in partnership with Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, New Anglia Growth Hub can help your business access a range of business support services from hundreds of sources. The hubs service is FREE and IMPARTIAL and can help you access grants, finance, start-up support, international trade support and other specialist advice all from a single point of contact.
Start up Suffolk
StartUp Suffolk (established in 2012) provides free and independent advice, support, guidance and expertise to owners of start-up business ventures in Suffolk and those which arent profitable or earning a living for the owners. You can ask for our help if you have a great business idea, want your Suffolk-based business to grow or to become more profitable. The most successful business owners always reflect on their original start-up venture and identify what they wish theyd known or done differently, to have achieved business growth and success even faster.
Suffolk County Council - Business
Suffolk County Council's website has a section dedicated to helping local business. This includes: Trading Standard licences, tenders, economic development, council services, advice for businesses and projects and programmes. Very useful if you are running a business in the county or thinking about starting up from scratch.
UK Research & Innovation
We invest in research and innovation to enrich lives, drive economic growth, and create jobs and high-quality public services across the UK. We are transforming tomorrow together.
East Suffolk Council - Business
East Suffolk Council's website contains a section designed to help local business. It includes details about: East Suffolk Plan for the Future Grant Licensing Business training Business grants and fundingBusiness incentives East Suffolk Means Business East Suffolk Economic Growth Plan Food safety Business associations and networksLand and premises Business rates Filming and photography Regeneration projects Digital TownsHealth and safety Business continuity Supplying the Council Exporting from East Suffolk Business support
Department for Business & Trade
The Department for Business & Trade helps businesses export and grow into global markets. We also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK. Our services are provided in over 100 markets throughout the world. We are passionate about what we do. Thats why we constantly review our services in light of customer feedback and the impact they offer, which means theyll vary from time to time.
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.
At MENTA our award-winning, How to Start a Business training packages for new enterprises and start-ups in Norfolk and Suffolk are comprehensive, focused and above all completely free of charge. Starting a business from scratch or transferring your skills to become a freelancer or sole trader is a big step. Thats why the industry experts at MENTA who make up our top team of business advisers and specialist trainers are so keen to share their experience. You can count on us to help you get your venture on the best footing so your new business can move on in confident strides towards an exciting and profitable future. *Fully funded packages are subject to certain eligibility criteria. Currently the Start-up project is funded by The European Regional Development Fund. MENTA Business Support, The Vision Centre, 5 Eastern Way,Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 7AB
We help turn business ideas into realityEstablished in 1982, Nwes is a not-for-profit enterprise agency. We provide total business support to boost self-employment and encourage enterprise.
Let's Do Business Group
With the ability to help businesses across all sectors, our team can offer business consultancy services to help you achieve your goals. The Let’s Do Business Group can provide virtual business consultancy services through our team of business professionals and quality assured consultants. Whether its developing a business plan or strategy, coaching or mentoring of senior staff and business owners, or just being a sounding board our team are here to help. We offer a free initial consultation so that we understand your needs, and you get to know us. We will then agree how we will work together and our fees – this could be from a one off session, a short support programme or a longer term project. We also have access to a range of other business specialists to help you with anything from Marketing to HR – so whatever your need, we can find a solution. Contact the team today at or email
East Suffolk Means Business
Starting your business. East Suffolk Council recognise the importance of support at the early stages of starting up your business. East Suffolk Councils Economic Development and Regeneration team reinvigorate the local economy through physical regeneration whilst enhancing the local environment to support economic growth and prosperity. We encourage new and existing businesses to survive, revive and thrive, making our district more attractive to residents, visitors and investors alike. Our team provide ongoing support to the development of a stronger skill base including skills to future-proof tomorrows generation, today.
West Suffolk Council - Start Your Business
Start your businessGet the information you need to turn your business idea into a reality. Our experienced team can provide you with free and impartial advice, support and direction for any business related enquiry. Contact us in person, by telephone or email if you want personal, one to one service. We're here to help. We've brought together information and links to websites that will help turn your business idea into a reality.
Our core service is the provision of free, impartial one-to-one advice for the self employed and small business owners. For over 20 years we have gained a reputation for being the specialist agency for assisting people to start a business, and to help established businesses to grow. Our experienced advisors are able to assist with all aspects of business.
Mid Anglian Enterprise Agency (MENTA)
Our aim is to help our clients start and grow their businesses, improve their performance and encourage them to realise their potential through a mix of one-to-one advice, business skills workshops and networking opportunities.
Remedy For Business Ltd
Business advisors and mentors helping companies start up and grow.

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