Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are companies limited by guarantee, typically set up as partnerships between the private sector and local authorities, with support from central Government depending on their individual circumstances. They deliver business support services under contract, to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), to Business Links, to the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) and, increasingly, to overseas customers. The agencies' key purpose is to promote economic regeneration by the setting up of small firms.
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Business Link is the national business advice service in England. Use this site to get straightforward information for your business needs and to access a wide network of business support organisations.
Tel: 0845 600 9 006.
The Small Business Gateway is a service provided by the Scottish Enterprise Network and its local partners. It provides a single access point to a range of integrated services for businesses in Scotland.
Tel: 0845 609 6611.
Locate your local Gateway
Business Eye is a free, impartial information service for Wales created to find the answers to your business questions. Whether you are an established company, a new idea, a sole trader or an employer of hundreds, Business Eye is here to help and can put you in contact with support from the public, private or voluntary sectors.
Tel: 08457 969798
Locate your regional centre
1 Capitol Court
Capitol Business Park
Tel: 0845 64900000
Finance Yorkshire provides businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region with funding to start and grow. The Fund provides seedcorn, loan and equity investments ranging from £15,000 and £2million, to help SMEs raise the funding they need alongside investment from the commercial market.
51 Water Lane
The most comprehensive & easy to use grants information database. Research shows that 93% of businesses ignore the billions of pounds available. Why? Because information has been difficult to find... and companies gave up. Our mission is to help businesses everywhere of every shape and size find out about any grants, financial assistance, subsidies and help-in-kind that may be available to them. We strive to provide an easy starting point, with fast access to concise information that gets straight to the point - all from the privacy of your desktop. The website is continually updated by our full time research team, and our goal is to provide SMEs with a transparent, honest interface between grant applicants and grant providers.
50-54 St. Paul's Square,
Tel: 0121 230 1060
Fax: 0121 230 1061
Street UK is a micro finance organisation providing appropriately structured business loans to micro-entrepreneurs who are otherwise excluded from access to credit to enable them to develop their businesses.
The Investment Readiness Programme is part of the national initiative for privately run businesses in the UK. It is designed to groom entrepreneurial businesses to the point where they are an attractive proposition to outside investment capital.
Saint Martin's House
210-212 Chapeltown Road
Tel: 08700 111 875
Fax: 0113 368 5263
MAS aims to help the region's manufacturers improve their productivity and efficiency by providing easy access to advice, information and 'hands-on' specialist manufacturing help. The majority of these services are delivered for free or 50% grant subsidised.
Tel: 0161 832 3694
Fax: 0161 832 3706
ABCUL is the main trade Association for credit unions in England, Scotland and Wales.
A UK consumer site which carries information on credit unions including a guide co-written by ABCUL
Saint Martins House
210-212 Chapeltown Road,
Tel: 0113 294 5000
Fax: 0113 294 5003
The YFM Group seeks to address market opportunities in the supply of investment capital to small companies. From venture capital it has expanded into consultancy and property development services, all of which are targeted at the same SME customer base. Group companies now offer a comprehensive range of services designed to help high growth potential businesses achieve their turnover and profit targets.
Hyde Park House,
5 Manfred Road,
Tel: 0208 875 0200
Fax: 0208 874 3100
QCK is the UK's leading finance and business directory.
HMRC is responsible for collecting the bulk of tax revenue as well as paying tax credits and child benefit, and strengthening the UK's frontiers.
18 Park Square East,
Tel: 0800 842842
Fax: 020 7543 1200
Every young person has potential. But many don't have the opportunities to fulfil it. The Prince's Trust helps provide those opportunities. The Prince's Trust works with young people under 30 year olds who want to start a business, offering them low interest loans, grants, mentors and other support they need to achieve their goals.
Shell Livewire helps 16 – 30 year olds to start and develop their own business and hosts a national competition for new business start-ups.
Chartered Accountants Hall,
PO Box 433,
Tel: 020 7920 8100
Fax: 020 7920 8547
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales is the largest professional accountancy body in Europe, with over 122,000 members.
5 - 9 Maude Street Leeds
Tel: 0113 297 8000
Fax: 0113 297 8001
Provides access to many of Europe's leading senior executives across all sectors - and more are continually being added. Candidates all have a clear track record of achievements in senior executive positions. They are capable of participating in deals with values in the range £5 million to £1 billion.
The Financial Ombudsman Service provides consumers with a free independent service for resolving disputes with financial service providers
3 Clement's Inn
Tel: 020 7170 7000
Fax: 020 7170 7020
The Carbon Trust is an independent not for profit company set up by the Government with support from business to take the lead on low carbon technology and innovation in this country, and put Britain in the lead internationally. This organisation works with business and the public sector to accelerate the move towards a low carbon future and to promote the commercial opportunities this represents.
14 Finsbury Square,
Tel: 020 7711 6356
Fax: 020 7628 0927
A useful source of information on payment card fraud and its prevention. For ease of use, the site is broken into sections for retailers, police, cardholders and the media, each containing the most relevant information for the audience.
1 Canada Square,
Tel: 020 7538 5000
The online version of the UK broadsheet carries a particularly useful channel for small businesses. Aimed at the UK SME audience this resource provides up to the minute news on the latest legislation and regulations affecting business owner managers.
Everybody thinking about or currently saving for a pension will be able to calculate how much their savings might be worth on retirement via an online pensions calculator. The calculator has been launched by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
FSB Cash Advance from the FSB
A risk-free way of raising finance for your business, which is not secured to your assets, giving you the cash injection you need, when you need it.
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