Here you will find sources of advice and support on how to start your own business locally and nationally.
BETA Enterprise Programme -Pre start-up and start-up support for Plymouth University undergraduates and postgraduates consisting of free advice, workshops, guest lectures, business mentoring, funding advice and the opportunity to pitch to the BETA Panel for £1500 grant (UK students only) for business development.
MOO Start-up Toolkit – Welcome to the MOO Startup Toolkit – feel free to (virtually) open it up, and have a look around if you’re thinking about starting up your own business. Also Evaluate a Business Idea
Formation Zone – Open to students as well as the general public. Formation Zone is perfect if you have a business idea you’d like to start and develop in a supportive and collaborative environment. We are talent-spotting for the most innovative* start ups in the following sectors: creative industries, hi-tech, marine, environmental, advanced engineering, health and wellbeing.
The Beginners guide to starting a UK business – It is always challenging to set up your own business, but in today’s economic climate, it can be particularly tough. In this guide you will find advice and links to a broad range of useful information on getting your new business up and running.
Enternships – Is a service that connects students and graduates with start-ups and small businesses who are looking to take on new staff via work experience and full time roles. They exist to promote enterprise on campus and they regularly give talks at careers fairs and enterprise society evenings about the value of working in a start-up and encouraging entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Enternships.com was founded by Rajeeb Dey (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/rajeebdey), an O2 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and co-founder of Start-up Britain.
StartmyBiz – Provides information, signposting and support to people thinking about starting a business in Canterbury and the wider region.
Let’s Do Business – A social enterprise and leading provider of business advice, finance, training, apprenticeships and business events.
Enterprise First Ltd – Free impartial advice, information, support and workshops to start-up, new and existing businesses.
Fusion – Fusion coaches entrepreneurs on topics from pricing correctly, finding alternative financing etc.
Federation of Small Businesses – Protecting & promoting you and your business interests with legal, tax & health advice.
Department for Business Innovation & Skills – Business in You – Their aim is to promote, help and support small to medium sized businesses.
Enterprising U – Free enterprise resources for University students. On-line assessment with modules including self-awareness, opportunity awareness and strategic thinking.
Business in You – Read stories of real business success. Full of useful advice, finding a mentor and finance help.
Student Upstarts – Providing investment, education & support for student entrepreneurs.
The Princes Trust – Provides loans, grants and business support for young people aged 18-30 who are unemployed or work less than 16 hours a week.
BSK CIC – Preparing Business for tomorrow. Offering a variety of advice on such topics as business opportunities, environment and efficiency, employing people, health & safety, funding and grants, sales and marketing.
Shell Livewire – An organisation which helps 16-30 year olds to start and develop their own business.
National Council for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) – An organisation which focuses upon the development of the ‘Enterprising Person and Entrepreneurial Mindset’.
NACUE – The National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs is a national organisation that supports and represents university enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship across the UK.
The British Franchise Association – Provides support including advice, training and events for prospective franchisees.
Startups.co.uk – On-line resource for starting a business, offering advice including information on how to raise financing, drafting your business plan etc.
Enterprise UK – Is a charity which aims to give people the confidence and ambition to be enterprising.
Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) – Provides support to individuals and businesses working, or looking to work, in the creative sector.
Young Enterprise – Young Enterprise is on a mission to “inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise”.
StartUp Britain – StartUp Britain is a new campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, launched in March 2011. Designed to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK, it has the full backing of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and HM Government.
Home Office / Health & Safety – Simple steps to get your health & safety organised.
Data Protection / Office of Fair Trading – A quick guide to the main rules covering how you sell, how you treat your customers and how you compete.
Department of Work and Pensions – Offers help for unemployed people including support for self employment.
Companies House – The foundation of company information exchange in the UK, helping business, informing the public and helping the economy.
HM Revenues and Custom – The business and corporations section provides vital advice and information on how new business must proceed.