"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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An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.Download
"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.Download
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.Download
We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.Download
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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 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 Business.govt.nz. 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 & gov.uk 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.
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
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.co.uk 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
Selfemployedsupports.ie is provided by the Citizens Information Board. This microsite provides public service information for self-employed people whose incomes are reduced.
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
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.
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