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.
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.
Please note that one-time registration is required to unlock all of the free items on this site.
If you run your own business in
and would like to learn more about
business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.
Free* support for your business
The South East Midlands Start-up Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, provides residents of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury Vale and Cherwell, Northampton, Corby, Daventry and Wellingborough with access to 12 hours of FREE support for small businesses and start-ups.
This can be in the form of:
- one-to-one business advice
- webinars and workshops
- access to business start-up services
- business incubation workspace
- specialist social enterprise support
Prowess is the online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish.
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.
Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN) is a membership organisation and a Charity, which helps businesses reduce their impact on the environment.
GBN brings together like‐minded businesses to help each other reduce energy and water consumption, eliminate waste, design products more sustainably, increase biodiversity on‐site, manage impacts, and put environmental issues at the heart of your company’s decision making.
We can also help you reduce your liabilities by understanding your legal obligations.
We have been doing this for more than 25 years
If youre looking for business support, information, help, training, inspiration, mentoring, news, business partners, networking events, new clients.... it???s all here. Over 7000 entrepreneurial women in business already enjoy the benefits!
The Knowledge Hub at the University of Bedfordshire offers a range of business services, including training and development; specialist services and consultancy focusing on innovation and boosting competitiveness; access to graduates; and enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes.