Useful Contacts

There are plenty of resources that can help you on your way. This directory lists the ones which have proved to be the most useful.

Government Sites

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Tel: 0300 456 3565/0191 581 0052.

Business Advice 

National Enterprise NetworkA membership body representing the enterprise support sector.

The Prince’s TrustIf you’re aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week.

Young EnterpriseEmpowers young people to harness their personal and business skills and ambitions.

Business Information 

Businessballs  – Inspirational, ideas, materials, exercises, tools, templates – free & fun. 

Citizens AdviceProvide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice. 

Club & Associations

Federation of Small Businesses  – The FSB is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small firms. 

Enterprise Nation  – Enterprise Nation has helped thousands of people start and grow their own successful business. 

Forum of Private BusinessFPB offers tailored legal cover, and helps you to stay up to date with ever-changing regulations, make savings and give you a voice. 

Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs The IOEE is for anyone who is thinking about starting or already running their own business, those who support them and entrepreneurial businesses. 


Start-Up LoansA government funded scheme to provide advice, loans and mentoring to start-up and early stage businesses (up to 24 months).


Association of Business MentorsAn independent, not-for-profit body for Enterprise and Business Mentors. 


4Networking Relaxed, fun and friendly business networking. Network locally, regionally and even nationally. 50,000+ members online. 

BNIBNI have over 13,000 members in the UK and Ireland alone, passing nearly 680,000 referrals worth over £409 million every year! 

British Chambers of CommerceThe British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is an independent business network with accredited chambers in every nation and region of the UK. 

Find Networking Events The UK’s number one resource for information on Business Networking Events, Workshops, Seminars and Business Shows. 

Start-Up Websites 

ByteStartFirst established in 2004, ByteStart is now one of the most popular small business information sites in the UK. Independently run, ByteStart provides no-nonsense guides and help for start-ups and small businesses. 

Entrepreneurial-SparkAims to develop entrepreneurs who have a #GoDo attitude with a solid grasp of how to create value…which makes them investable. With mentors, ambassadors and supporters, workshops, pitch practice and a full time ‘entrepreneurial enabler’ the focus is on the individual. Provides useful resources, products and services for small business owners and start-ups. Free online advice, news articles, guides, tips that can point you in the right direction to start your own small business. 

Startacus The go-to space for start-ups, entrepreneurs & self-starters! List your start-up, connect with entrepreneurs, be informed and inspired by a range of articles. 

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

Start Up Donut Aimed at helping businesses to succeed by providing reliable information and resources that can save business owners time and money. 

Startup Grind Startup Grind is the largest independent start-up community, educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 185 cities. 

Start Your Business  – Our site! Useful information, local contacts and a FREE start-up pack which contains everything that you need to get started. It has been put together to ensure that you do not miss anything important. 

StartupsOne of the most comprehensive advice platforms available on the web. Covers everything you need to know to start, buy, run or sell a business. 

Virgin Startup Virgin StartUp, with support from the Virgin Group is run on a not for profit basis, so every pound goes towards their commitment to change the prospect of start-ups, for good.