Kettering Business Advice

Kettering Business Advice
Kettering 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.
Step By Step
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.

Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

"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.

Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

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.

Business Plan Template
Business Plan Template and Instructions

One of the most important steps but is often ignored. This document will provide you with a clear road-map for your business.

Start-Up CD
Start Your Own Business CD

We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.

Start Your Own Business Powerpoint
How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation

Designed to compliment the business plan template, this presentation can be personalised and you are welcome to use it (free).


Latest Advice Articles

If you run your own business in Kettering 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.

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Kettering Business Advice

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Kettering area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

Business Readiness Quiz

Created by the Queensland Government but a great tool to test your business readiness wherever you live. It only takes five minutes but runs you through the most important considerations. The results are sent back to you by e-mail.

Cavendish Enterprise

Cavendish Enterprise is a group of highly respected enterprise agencies from across the country, who have come together working in partnership to deliver nationwide contracts supporting start up and growing businesses.

Company Formation Cyprus

The company registration procedure in Cyprus is basically the same for all business entities, having a simple and straightforward structure. Call us now at +44 203 287 0408 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Nicosia.

Enterprise Nation

ince launching in 2005, Enterprise Nation have helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses, and, led by founder Emma Jones MBE, Enterprise Nation continues to be the most active UK small business community and a leading campaigning voice for small business. Joining Enterprise Nation connects you with over 70,000 start-up entrepreneurs, small business owners and enterprise experts.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

How to start a new company

A great step by step guide to starting a company can be found on the ASIC site. This will help you decide which structure is the right one for you and then how to go about setting it up.


MD2MD provides Leadership Development with a difference. MD2MD members build confidence and competence learning from and with other leaders with real university of life experience. MD2MD members cannot afford long periods out of the office so we meet for one day each month. In addition to being more manageable,this more effective in applying Kaizen (continuous improvement) principles to learning. Improving our business one step at a time month after month ultimately delivers radical performance improvement.

National Enterprise Network

The National Enterprise Network is a membership body for those committed to the support and development of enterprise. Members are not-for-profit organisations which provide independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses. As well as enterprise agencies, Members also include Chambers of Commerce, local authorities, further and higher education providers and other specialist enterprise support providers. Key activities include representing the sector with key stakeholders in central government, official agencies and the private sector, providing unique membership products and services to members and managing national business support contracts such as the Barclays Lets Talk Business series. According to member research collected for 20112012, our network of enterprise support organisations supported the creation of 17,500 businesses over the last year and almost 25,000 new jobs. Our members operated loan funds in the region of

PopUp Business School

Start the business you want. The PopUp Business School run start-up events to help people start small businesses and making money doing what they love. Our approach is the polar opposite of traditional approaches to starting a business. We dont believe in business plans and we definitely dont believe in loans or grants because this puts more people off than it helps. Well show you how to start without spending any money, make a great website for free, and get you to your first sale. 30% of the people that come on our course start their business before the end of the workshop and 27% make their first sale!

Start Up Britain

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

Start Up Donut

The Start-Up Donut website contains sections dedicated to starting a business by sector (over 200 types covered); Marketing; Law; Technology; and Tax. Part of the range of Donut sites, it also has weekly news updates aimed at start-ups and existing businesses.

The Business Counsellors

Welcome to the launch of The Business Counsellors. My name is Simon Cox and I am the founder of this exciting new concept which has been introduced for the UK Business Community. The Business Counsellors was founded following Simons marketing business falling on hard times and going out of business following a number of unforeseen challenges which left Simon without a business in just a few weeks. Simon is now leading The Business Counsellors to ensure other businesses never go through what Simon experienced having spent nine years in the industry building up a reputable business and brand. Simon is an Award Winning entrepreneur who leads the Kettering Business Network, Business Advisor to the Amazon Academy, Business Advisor for Young Enterprise Company Programme and a Small Business Champion. He is training to become a counsellor which will help support his ambition to support start up businesses and existing businesses with support and a listening ear.

The Princes Trust

The Princes Trustwork with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through their Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they are with you every step of the way. Since 1983 the Princes Trust helped over 80,000 young people to start their own business.

Uptima Training

Get Ready To Jumpstart Your Business Success! Are you a new business owner, or planning to start your own company soon? Are you full of ideas but still need to nail down your Unique Selling Point, your Elevator Pitch, and be sure you know your PAYE from your VAT? Or have you been struggling with effectively running your business and cant seem to keep afloat? At Uptima Training, we provide a range of quality on-line training courses, tailored to meet the needs of small business owners. Our modules are designed by our team of experts and are specially tailored for those relatively new to business ownership and self employment. From How to Set Up Your New Business to Business Planning and most importantly How to Market Yourself to bring about the sales you want. Uptima Training can help you get the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to achieve your business goals.

X Forces

Support armed forces and emergency service communities to start up businesses across the UK with Start Up Loans, mentoring and support.

Accelerate Success
Accelerate Success assists business owners, who are serious about investing in business growth, and can benefit from a relationship with their local Regional Partner. Regional Partners offer an assessment service which helps you prioritise training and development needs and points to any support which might be available from the public or private sectors. 0800 287 467

Bespoke health and safety
Bespoke health and safety offer a tailored service designed to ensure full compliance with UK and European health and safety legislation.We also undertake fire risk assessments, fire Marshall training and various health and safety training courses. Please contact us for a free Gap analysis of your companies health and safety management system 7432150370

Bizplan online business plan software offers a library of different templates that make plan writing a simple exercise. (Chargeable service).

Business Advice
Business Advice is a title focused solely on a section of the business community currently underserved – micro companies. It’s a site created by the team at Caspian Media, the award-winning specialist B2B publisher behind Real Business – the most-read title for established SMEs and growing businesses. Rather than writing for companies which are beyond the £1m turnover mark or classified as “high-growth startups”, Business Advice is providing content for those early on in the entrepreneurial journey – the five million micro businesses seen as the “engine room” of the British economy.

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

Business is Great Britain
Find the sources of information and practical advice you need to make your new venture a success. Connect to expert advice and sources of information to help you build and grow your business. Tools and information resources to plan and drive rapid growth in your enterprise

Business Mentors New Zealand
Business Mentors New Zealand was formed in 1991 and has helped over 60,000 business owners. They support SMEs who are currently trading and employ under 25 employees. Having someone to talk to about your business can be invaluable, particularly in the early stages. You can register on their site to request a mentor but please note that there is a registration fee to pay. National Office, Business Mentors New Zealand, PO Box 9043, Newmarket, Auckland 1149 0800 209 209

Business Regulation
The purpose of this portal is to help you identify the main regulations which affect your business and to provide links to the relevant agencies and their guidance, tools and contact points.

Business Support in New Zealand
Free fact sheet that contains full details the different government departmentsagencies and organisations that provide support to businesses.

Changing Perspectives
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 22 years experience in the NHS. I specialise in offering psychological support and therapy to individuals and couples. My areas of expertise include working with adults compromised by illness, trauma and emotional difficulties. I also offer teaching and consultation to organisations and businesses. 01926 614722

Citizens Advice
We aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect peoples lives. We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

Citizens Information
If you are thinking of starting a business there are a number of issues you need to consider. Different supports and regulations apply, depending on your particular situation. You may be employed, unemployed or someone who is coming from outside Ireland to set up a business. This document highlights some of the important information you need to know with links to relevant topics.

Community Empowerment
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. Well 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).

Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. +353 1 727 2000

Enterprise Nation’s Marketplace
Enterprise Nation’s Marketplace is a searchable database of business advisers. The search facility can be filtered by the type of advice sought, business sector and business location. It is also possible to restrict the search to show only approved advisers.

Entrepreneur Handbook
Entrepreneur Handbook is a leading digital publication providing in-depth information on starting, managing and growing a business. We are read by 742,000 small business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals each year (in excess of 70,000 per month).

Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN)
Founded in 2016, The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN) is a pioneering new social enterprise that supports and empowers refugees in the UK to realise their potential, fulfil their aspirations and develop their own businesses. Whether you have an early-stage business idea, a business plan or an existing business, TERN can support you in building, growing and scaling up your business.

Free Financial Forecasting Tool
Create your own action plan with this great online tool provided by Answer a series of questions and your answers will be added to the plan which can then be downloaded in Word format.

Free Financial Healthcheck for your business
One of a number of very useful resources supplied by Businesss.Govt.Nz. This online tool only takes a few minutes to complete and will give you a good idea of where you are with your business together with suggested actions to remedy any weak areas.
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 & website. Contact via website.

Home Business Guide: Guide to Starting and Growing a Business from Home
A guide to starting and growing a business from home. Explains the process of setting up a business from home and dispels common myths about it. Covers business essentials like rates, insurance and health and safety considerations as well as practical steps and top tips from those already running a successful business from home.
WESTBIC - 091 730850

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.

IDA Ireland
Irelands inward investment promotion agency, IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. + 353 1 603 4000

Innovate 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.

InterTradeIreland is the only organisation which has been given responsibility by both Governments to boost NorthSouth economic co-operation to the mutual benefit of Northern Ireland and Ireland. By encouraging better use of our collective resources we help to expedite trade and business growth across the island and create an environment where it is easier to do business.

Make Business Your Business: Guide to Starting and Developing a New Business
A free downloadable guide to support people who want to start-up or develop a business. Guide from the report by the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Advisor Lord Young on supporting the start-up and development of small business. Showcases the wide range of support available from the public and private sectors and suggests helpful links and advice.

Mentorsme is Britains 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

Northamptonshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
Launched in May 2011, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) received formal endorsement from government as a Local Enterprise Partnership on 23 September the same year. 01604 609 393

Open to Export
Open to Export is a free online information service from The Institute of Export & International Trade, dedicated to helping small UK businesses get ready to export and expand internationally. Open to Export was founded by the Institute of Export & International Trade, Department for International Trade, the Federation of Small Businesses, and Yell.

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.

Running a business from home
A Government guide to running your business from home. Includes information about permissions, insurance, tax allowances, business rates, health and safety.

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.

Self Employed Supports is provided by the Citizens Information Board. This microsite provides public service information for self-employed people whose incomes are reduced.

Shaw Trust
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

Shell Livewire
The UKs 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

Simply Business - Advice and resources for UK small businesses
Running a business can be tough, and it’s always good to know where to go when you need to seek advice. We’ve put together a list of resources for small businesses of websites and organisations who’ll point you in the right direction when you need a helping hand.

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 ICEHOUSE business growth centre
Having worked with hundreds of start-ups for over 10+ years, we know what it takes to transform ideas into successful businesses. The ICEHOUSE offer professional guidance, a global network of business partners, experts and mentors, business resources, programmes and access to angel investment capital.

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 Princes Trust
The Princes 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.

Where to get start up advice
So you’re ready to start a business. The UK has a very supportive environment for startups, with a flourishing wealth of networks, groups and organisations for all types and style of new business, where you can get practical advice, ideas and make many valuable contacts. There is a separate page with advice about where to find a mentor.

Young Enterprise
With more than 40 years experience, Young Enterprise is the UKs 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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