Useful contacts for businesses

Federation of Small Businesses

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


National online resource for businesses and a useful starting point if you are looking for advice and support. The website offers information, factsheets and online videos and tutorials on the different aspects of starting up a business.

Start-Up Britain

A national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

Startups website

An online resource offering independent advice, tools and information for new businesses, start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.


The 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.

British Library Business and IP Centre

Resources that can help you start, run and grow your business; also a series of events.

Princes Trust – The Business Start-up Programme

Supports unemployed young people to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.

Economic development

Address: Civic Centre
Station Road