Useful contacts for businesses

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group involved in the promotion and protection of the interests small firms owners, and those who are self-employed. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions, and 194 branches: Federation of Small Businesses


This website is a national online resource for businesses. It is a useful starting point if you are looking for advice and support. The website offers information, factsheets, online videos, and tutorials on the different aspects of starting up a business: Gov.UK

Start-Up Britain

This ia a national campaign run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs: Start-Up Britain

Startups website

This is an online resource offering independent advice, tools and information for new businesses, start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs: Startups website


His Majesty's Revenues and Customs (HMRC) website offers detailed information on what your tax obligations are for starting a new business, and what forms you will need to fill in. Online guides and templates are available to guide new businesses to become compliant: HMRC

Princes Trust – The Business Start-up Programme

The trust supports unemployed young people to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them: Princes Trust – The Business Start-up Programme

Economic development

Address: PO Box 1358