"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
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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.
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.
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 - ESSENTIALS
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 LearntFind Out More
DIPLOMA IN COMMERCIALITY - ADVANCED
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 LearntFind Out More
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
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.
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 & gov.uk website. Contact via website.
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
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.co.uk 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 is a national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently. 01225 716 300
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 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.
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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