Northampton Business Support & Advice

Northampton 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).


Please note that one-time registration is required to unlock all of the free items on this site.

Latest Advice Articles

If you run your own business in Northampton and would like to learn more about , we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.

Ever thought of taking the plunge?

Ever thought of taking the plunge?

In today's world, more and more people are not just thinking about setting up their own business, but are taking action.
What is online mentoring?

What is online mentoring?

When you are your own boss, having another point of view and someone to bounce ideas off really can help.
Business Advice - What Help is Available?

Business Advice - What Help is Available?

Running your own business is the same as any other career: the more you know, the greater the chance of your success. Thankfully, there is plenty of help and guidance around, and much of it is free!
Business Advice - Going For Growth

Business Advice - Going For Growth

According to The Federation of Small Businesses, the UK has more than 4.5 million small businesses. Statistics on the success rate for new start-ups is somewhat unclear and varies dramatically depending on the source. But no one can dispute that the UK's entrepreneurs and smaller businesses in general need all the help they can get.
Buying a business

Buying a business

One route which many people have successfully taken into starting a new venture is to buy an existing business.
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Business Plan Review

Business Plan Review

If you have already prepared a business plan, but feel it needs a professional 'eye' to look over it before presenting it to a bank or investor, or you’re worried that it simply isn’t up to scratch, then Start Your Own Business can help.

Working in partnership with The Business Plan Writer, we are now able to offer you a complete business plan review service. As you know a business plan is your company’s roadmap through the startup process, it will guide and keep you focused – especially in those first few critical months. Plus, it’s your passport to potentially raising much needed funds to launch your business, so it pays to get it right first time.

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Achieve your Aspirations

All new business education programmes developed by industry leaders

You probably already know, too many businesses fail in their first 18 months! The key drivers are quality of people and quality of strategy. These immersive, comprehensive courses will help you develop both. In fact, 90% of people significantly improve their commerciality after working though just three business cases. You can find out how all this works by downloading a free brochure here.

Certificate in Commerciality


The Certificate in Commerciality is the perfect course for those looking to learn the fundamentals of business.

1. Learning the Fundamentals of Business
2. Measuring & Developing your Entrepreneurial Skills
3. Applying what you've Learnt

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Diploma in Commerciality


The Diploma in Commerciality is the perfect course for those looking to enhance their career prospects and further develop their business.

1.Measuring and Developing your Entrepreneurial Skills
2. Expanding your Knowledge using Fast Strategy
3. Advanced Cased Studies - Detailed Analysis
4. Business Strategy - Applying what you've Learnt

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Northampton Business Advice

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

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.

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.

GetStarted UK

Small business startup packages tailored to you and your business. Save time, money and hassle and focus on your core business. Here at GetStarted UK we understand that starting a new business can be an exciting but challenging time. We provide help and support to new startup businesses across the UK and, after an initial FREE consultation, we tailor a package of startup services specifically for you and your business. A typical £349 package includes: - Logo Design - Website - 5x page starter site - 500x Business Cards - Designed & Printed - 1000x Leaflets - Designed & Printed - Letterheads - Designed - Social Media Setup - Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn - Personalised Emails & Signatures - Business Directory Listings - Virtual Landline Setup - One month free - Limited Company Setup - Business Bank Setup - Accountancy Consultation & Setup - Business Funding Advice - Legal Consultation - Business Insurance Quote - Card Processing Advice & Setup


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.

MP Growth

Business mastermind groups are a highly effective way to improve every business. The opportunity to work with other focused, driven business owners provides you with the motivation to improve the results you get from your business. Each meeting is facilitated by an experienced coach who will keep the meeting on track, hold you accountable to achieving your goals and realign you when you get off track. The support network you develop from your mastermind group will also provide your business with extra opportunities for new business and new strategic partnerships.

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 Let's Talk Business series. According to member research collected for 2011/2012, 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

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 Last Hurdle

As business development specialists the first thing we will do is offer a consultation, after all we need to know where you want to get to before we can decide if we can help you get there! This comes at a high price, an hour of your time and a cup of coffee. So how do we help our existing clients? Well, we utilise six key skill areas: - Professional Sales and Marketing, - Networking Strategies and Advice, - WordPress Websites and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) - Social Media Marketing and other forms of Digital Marketing

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's 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 Prince's 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 can't 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.

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

Business Coaching for Growth
The Business Coaching for Growth programme (BCG) aims to propel the nation's most promising high growth SME's and boost economic growth. It is designed to achieve maximum economic advantage to the UK by increasing the number of businesses that achieve genuine high growth; the businesses that contribute the most too economic and employment growth. 08444 632995

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

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

Department for Work and Pensions -
On 5 October 2010 the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced that the Government will give extra help to unemployed people who want to start their own business, through the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA). NEA is available to Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants aged 18 and over who have been claiming for 26-weeks or more. Participants will get access to a volunteer business mentor who will provide guidance and support as they develop their business plan and through the early months of trading. Once a claimant can demonstrate they have a viable business proposition with the potential for growth in the future, they will be able to access financial support.

Enterprise Nation
We help people start and grow their businesses by putting them in touch with other business owners, by providing access to the best tools and resources, and by sharing our own knowledge - on our blog, in our books and at our live events. And you can help out too!
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.

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.

Intellectual Property Office
Free advice for entrepreneurs. Business owners and entrepreneurs can get free advice on protecting their brands and inventions. 1633811427

Ken Christy Rural Support
Through Business Mentoring in the Rural Sector I am able to assist :- A) Farm Shops extend their catchment areas. B) Independent Fine Food stores acquire market share. C) Local Food Producers get wider distribution. D) Local Communities open Community Shops 7583459119

Manufacturing Advisory Service
As the leading advisers for manufacturing in this region, MAS East Midlands can provide you with practical, hands-on support focused on improving your bottom line. Whether you're looking to improve efficiency, raise productivity, get the most out of a new idea or tackle a problem that 8452707620

Mentors Me
Mentor Me 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. Their objective is to help businesses find a mentoring organisation to suit their needs in a fast and easy way. The site also allows business professionals to offer their services as a business mentor via the mentoring organisations listed. Aspiring mentors may want to work in a particular area of Britain and have a particular area of expertise to offer. The search engine allows them to locate mentoring organisations that are the closest match to their profile.

Mentorsme is Britain's 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.

NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd
Get pro-active support, training and resources for people committed to starting a business in the East Midlands. Receive personal business start-up support to move your business idea into a viable business plan and build skills to help you manage it. FREE* Personalised consultation. FREE* Business development support sessions. FREE* Business Master Classes. FREE* 3 months virtual office (from business start date). Grant funding* Start-up loans*. *Subject to area, eligibility and availability +44 08448872568

The PRIME Initiative provides free information, events and training to help older people get back into work by starting their own business - also known as becoming self-employed. The charity's activities are needed because the over-50s face huge problems of unemployment and age discrimination in the conventional job market. 0800 783 1904

Prowess is the UK association of organisations and individuals who support the growth of women's business ownership. Our work encompasses raising awareness, sharing of best practice, advocacy and information. Prowess has over 300 members who support 100,000 women each year to start 10,000 new businesses which contribute an additional 01603 762355

School For Start Ups
The inspiration of serial entrepreneur and angel investor Doug Richard, School for Startups is the UKs leading provider of business training for entrepreneurs. We provide expert tuition on the critical issues entrepreneurs need to understand, including how to start a business, finance and investment, product management, managing successful teams and entrepreneurial marketing. 07702 313 226.

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 UK's 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

Social Enterprise Coalition
Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise Our members are social enterprises as well as private businesses, charities and public sector organisations who support our vision of a world where social enterprise is the usual way of doing business. 020 3589 4950

Startup Britain
StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain's leading businesspeople to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. The campaign was founded by eight entrepreneurs and launched on 28th March 2011 by the Prime Minister, with the full support of the Chancellor and HM Government, although it is completely funded by our private-sector sponsors

The Association of Business Mentors
The aim of this not-for-profit Association is to protect and promote credible business mentoring in the UK. You can find local mentors via the directory on their site. 0208 7980835

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 Prince's Trust
The Prince's 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.

Young Enterprise
With more than 40 years' experience, Young Enterprise is the UK's 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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