Starting your own business

Starting your own business

17th November 2015


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Our entrepreneurship directory lists organisations providing information, support and advice to help get your idea off the ground.

1. Resources for young entrepreneurs

If you’re aged 18-30, government-backed Brightside Start-Up Loans offers an online business mentor and a start-up loan, as well as information and activities to help you plan and set up your first business.

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme is open to young entrepreneurs addressing the UK’s future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or making urban environments cleaner and more sustainable. The programme¬†awards start-up funding of ¬£5000 to one winner each month.

BizBritain supports young entrepreneurs without university degrees.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.

The National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is a graduate-led startup that stimulates student enterprise. They support, connect and represent enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs in colleges and universities across the UK, and provide direct access to funding for student entrepreneurs.

The New Entrepreneurs Foundation runs a programme for 30 young people each year, providing hands-on experience, skills and networks to build scalable businesses.

Youth Business International provides young entrepreneurs with financial support, mentoring and technical training.

2. Resources  for entrepreneurs of all ages

StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK.

Social Entreprise UK offers advice, guidance and support if you’re looking to set up a business with a social or environmental mission (such as the Co-op, Divine Chocolate, or Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen).

School for Startups delivers targeted programmes to teach people how to start and run better businesses. They also offer business start up loans of up to £10,000 for entrepreneurs ages 18-30.

The British Library Business & IP Centre can help you start, run and grow your business.

Business is Great is a government initiative supporting start-ups and growing businesses. offers information about starting and running a business in the UK, including help if you’re self employed.

More on Entrepreneurship

Watch icould videos on entrepreneurship and running your own business:

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