Start Your Own Business in Yorkshire contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.
Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources across the world and our own series of Start Your Own Business books.
Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.
Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design
This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.
We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.
Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.
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It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.
Contents: The key important dates, legal and HMRC requirements; a simple to follow step-by-step guide; relevant fact-sheets; business plan, cash flow forecast, personal survival budget and marketing plan templates; our own very popular start-up map; contents of our Start Your Own Business CD-Rom; and a Powerpoint presentation to accompany the business plan.
We try to keep our eyes open for useful and interesting news stories and useful resources which could help if you are starting up or running a small business. Hopefully, this will save you the time and trouble! The latest additions are...
Acorn - The Hull Business Development Fund
Acorn -the Hull Business Development Fund Limited is a 'gap funder', operating across a large geographic area and committed to finding ways to support the financially excluded with commercial funding. We look for a viable business project which will create employment and provide a sustained benefit to the economy. 01482 324976
Airedale Enterprise Services
Affectionately known as the Small Business Support Centre, cover the Aire Valley and surrounding areas. We offer a range of free services aimed at promoting enterprise and helping businesses, and have done so for over 20 years. 01535 607 775
Airedale Enterprise Services
Airedale Enterprise Services is the centre of excellence and choice for small business support and enterprise in Yorkshire & Humber and East Lancashire. Based in Keighley, we deliver business support, advice and training to existing businesses, start-ups, colleges, social enterprises and individuals. 01535 607775
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber will be the voice of business in the locality and a driving force to support member's productivity and profitability in challenging global markets. Address: 2 Genesis Park, Sheffield Rd, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1DX 0844 414 5100
Business Enterprise Fund
Established in 2004 the Business Enterprise Fund lends to businesses throughout West and North Yorkshire who are unable to access funding from mainstream sources. Loans from 500 to 150,000 are available. The Fund lends to all types of businesses, from sole traders to limited companies and to start-ups and existing businesses. Applications are accepted from all sectors. 0845 200 3919
Business Support & Development Ltd
Business Support & Development Ltd is a "not for profit" Company established in 1987 to provide business support services in North Yorkshire. Over the past 26 years we have expanded our breadth of services to a regional level covering Yorkshire and The Humber. We have established ourselves as a well regarded training provider of choice for adult vocational training and also operate public contacts providing business and unemployment support to the local communities we serve. 01943 86 58 82
Business Support York & North Yorkshire (BSYNY)
Business Support York & North Yorkshire (BSYNY) is a not for profit organisation providing quality business support services to York, Selby & Malton and the wider area of North Yorkshire. We have been successfully delivering business support for over 30 years using an enthusiastic, expert and empathetic approach that achieves results. Visit us at www.bsyny.co.uk or call us now on 01904 699590 01904 699590
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Business Services
Hosted by the council, the enterprise agency offers a range of business support services including, pre-start one to one advice, mentoring, growing your business, events and networking opportunities. Services are free to East Riding residents and businesses. Please call or visit the website for further details. 01482 381710
The above organisation is a National Enterprise Network Quality Assured member - this category of membership is for a not-for-profit independent organisation that provides independent advice, training or mentoring to new and emerging businesses, who also carry a recognised quality standard (currently ISO or Customer First). 01472 312121
Finance For Enterprise
Finance For Enterprise is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, established over 25 years providing loan funding and advice to new start, early stage and established businesses across South Yorkshire and North Midlands. Providing an alternative source of loan finance for businesses unable to access mainstream funds. Loans up to £100,000 can be used for working capital or to support growth and development projects. A registered lender under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. 0333 014 3455
FSB North Yorkshire
FSB North Yorkshire is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Emma Smailes Development Manager Emma.Smailes@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.
FSB South and East Yorkshire
FSB South and East Yorkshire is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Neville Martin Development Manager Neville.Martin@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.
FSB West Yorkshire
FSB West Yorkshire is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Lyndsey Whitaker Development Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Contact via website or e-mail.
Goole Development Trust
Enterprise Agency delivering a range of services for SMEs and social enterprises from business support, mentoring and loans up to 50,000. All services are free to the user. 01405 766076
Humber LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Humber LEP is a business-led partnership with education and four local authorities working together to promote and develop the area surrounding the Humber Estuary, and provide strategic economic leadership to create jobs and deliver growth. The Humber region is experiencing an economic, social, cultural and infrastructural renaissance and the LEP is at the forefront of driving growth and prosperity. To achieve these we focus on creating an infrastructure to support growth, supporting businesses to succeed anddeveloping a skilled workforce. 01482 485260
Leeds City Region LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership builds on pre-existing city-region arrangements and proposes to take on further responsibilities for strategy, funding, investment, planning and commissioning of economic development and regeneration activities. 0113 3481818
Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
We help your business to get connected, get supported and have your say. If you're interested in joining, you can find out more about the benefits of joining us, discover what our members say about us or read some case studies. Address: New Commerce House, 168 Westgate, Wakefield, WF2 9SR 01924 311600
Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO)
RiDO can provide business advice, free property searches & property marketing, recruitment & training advice and help starting your company 01709 254444
Established since 1999, Sirius is a BIS registered Enterprise Agency, and also a fully accredited Community Development Finance Initiative. Based in Hedon, Sirius offers free advice and business loans for local people setting up a business in the area, or to expand an already successful business in Hull and the East Riding Of Yorkshire. 01482 890146
West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Our brand values underpin the ethos of the business and the people within it. Partnerships: We work closely with companies and individuals to improve business performance. We work closely with public and regional bodies to ensure that the business agenda is at the forefront of agendas. We do all this by building strong relationships based on trust and experience Address: Devere House, Vicar Lane, Little Germany, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5AH 08455 240 240
West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
The people behind West & North Yorkshire Chamber are business people just like you.Our Board, who run the organisation, face the same or similar challenges to you in their businesses or organisations every day. 01274 772777
West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency
The West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency (WYEA) is the enterprise arm of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and has been supporting local businesses for over 25 years. During that time we have assisted thousands of new and growing businesses across West Yorkshire through Job Centre Plus and previously Business Link. 01924 311600
Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Limited
a non-profit making organisation dedicated to the growth and posperity of local business. Our function is to help local business start and existing business grow and prosper. If you are sttarting in Business - contact us for a free, impartial and confidential chat. Topics that may be covered: raising finance, grants, taxation, NI Contributions, Business Plans, cash-flow, book-keeping, VAT, renting property etc. 01723 588063
Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Ltd
Funding sources allow us to provide totally free services, and with superior business planning help, advice and mentorship, we are one of the leading business support organisations in the North East of England. We help ordinary everyday people get their business idea up and running and assist them to secure low interest start-up loans. With one of the highest scores in the Customer First Scheme in the UK, we pride ourselves in delivering excellent services. 01723 588063
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