Starting a business
Want to be your own boss, have a great idea or a passion for something you want to share? Here are some organisations that can help.
Start-up success – how to avoid 8 of the biggest risks for start-ups
Starting a new business isn’t just about the result – it’s also about the journey of planning, launching and growing your business idea. While day-to-day business activities can be hugely rewarding, it’s worth understanding some of the pitfalls small business owners may face and we’ve set out eight examples of some of the risks start-ups may face.
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Leicestershire Business Advice Service (LBAS)
Leicestershire Business Advice Service provides start up and growth support to anyone in Blaby, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston.
Kick off in Business
Kick Off in Business is a free, fully funded, short online business start-up and self-employment programme. The courses are designed to give you an insight and understanding of business start-up and self-employment to provide you with the foundational skills should you wish to take this path now or some time in the future.
Information Commissioner’s Office
A useful video for any start-up or small business, whether they’re just beginning their data protection journey, or need help getting back on track.
The Prince’s Trust
As well as business advice and grant funding The Prince’s Trust has an online enterprise resource which has hints, tips and videos for new businesses as well as a range of downloadable templates on marketing, financial planning and other key topics. Their support is aimed at 18 to 30 year olds.
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides loans for new business ideas and established businesses needing investment. Eligible candidates may borrow up to £20,000 interest free for 9 years to establish themselves in their chosen career/business.
There is a range of local and national funding options that can support your business growth. See the finance section for details.
Start up loans
A Start Up Loan is a government-backed personal loan available to individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK.
In addition to finance, successful applicants receive 12 months of free mentoring and exclusive business offers to help them succeed.
Intellectual Property Office
You know copyright exists but how does it apply to your business and your website?
To help answer any questions you have, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has a suite of new and improved ‘IP for Business’ tools that can help you understand the basics of IP.
Start up donut
With six distinct sections; including specific industry sectors, start up, marketing, law, tech and money; the Donut website is aimed at helping businesses to succeed by providing reliable information and resources that can save business owner’s time and money.
The Innovation Hub from Innovate UK
The innovation hub aims to bring together the most relevant government backed innovation support in one easy to navigate, inclusive and user centric hub.