Useful websites

On a national level, help is available from a wide range of sources. Utilise these at every stage. Even when you are at the stage of thinking about your business idea, starting to write an outline business plan (even one without detailed financial costings) will help you to formulate a strategy and discuss your plans with people in business support organisations and financial institutions.

  • GOV.UK Start your own business 
    Outlines how to start out with your idea, information on funding and market research, develop your business plan and finding partners, suppliers and premises. There is also the option of chatting to a business adviser over the telephone using the business support helpline.
  • HM Revenue & Customs 
    Links to guidance on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start up a business as a self-employed person, a partnership or a limited company.
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales
    Publishes several briefings covering core business subjects including ‘start-up’ issues. The briefings are four-page guides written for the entrepreneurs providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.
  • The National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education 
    NCEE uses its networks, partners and resources to stimulate and encourage a more entrepreneurial education and support sector to create the opportunities for more individuals and organisations to develop the capacities they need for an entrepreneurial future.
  • New Enterprise Allowance 
    The 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.
  • Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme 
    For those aged between 18-30 and currently unemployed, The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme will help you work out if your business ideas are viable.
  • Angels Den 
    Connects investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding, both online and through their pitching events. Tap into a massive network of investors who are active and looking to invest, loan or donate to a pitch like yours.
  • StartUp Britain 
    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.
  • Nesta 
    An independent charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. They do this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills.
  • UnLtd 
    UnLtd have supported over 16,500 social entrepreneurs since 2002. From starting up to scaling up, UnLtd's unique package of support and funding helps social entrepreneurs to realise their untapped potential and build a better society for all.


Useful Resources

Have a look at our 10 steps to developing your business idea resource and Starting your own business leaflet.

Consider help from financial institutions such as Natwest, Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds Bank. Most of the major banks will not only offer financial advice but also start-up advice and guidance with your business plan.

Other useful information and resources can also be found on Prospects, The Entrepreneur Handbook, Startup Stash and Digital Business Academy.