Whether you're just starting out or are looking to grow, the below organisations offer a comprehensive suite of services for all types of business.
Business is Great
Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business.
Starting your business requires careful planning, research and preparation. Business is Great will guide you to where you can find help and advice on starting and setting up a business. There is information on how to set up and register a company, and on steps that you will need to take to turn your idea into a business.
When you are growing your business, there are always new challenges. From finding the right people to accessing the right type of finance, from breaking into new markets to developing your people and your new ideas, there will be times when you will really want advice, support and information. So here it is.
It's exciting when your buisness grows quickly. It's dynamic but it's also very challenging. Scaling up a business requires considerable skill and judgement. And it's not achieved alone. This section provides instant access to the resources and support services that are available.
The FSE Group
The FSE Group is an independent not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) whose surpluses are reinvested in the business, rather than maximising profit.
Their primary goal is to provide tailored funding solutions and support for ambitious and innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to help them achieve their maximum potential. This includes the provision of fund management services, training and consultancy, and the management of business angel networks.
The FSE Group takes a holistic approach to the funding needs of their clients, working with them closely to understand their business and funding requirements. They offer a broad range of expertise to SMEs wanting to grow.
The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub has been developed by business for business. It's a business-led partnership working with private and public sector partners to realise the full growth potential of companies in the area.
All businesses at any stage of development can access and benefit from the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub's services including the Information Bank, the Resource Network and the Helpline.
We are here to help you stay informed. For those with questions and queries surrounding Coronavirus, please go to our EM3 Growth Hub dedicated advice page here, which we will keep up to date with the latest office government advice. For further advice or queries, you can also contact our Growth Hub advisors on 01483 478098, or email them here. Additional support and advice is available from the Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565.
Additionally, there is specialist growth advice targeted at businesses operating within key sectors - to find about more about these one-on-one clinics, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Start Up Donut website is aimed at helping businesses to succeed by providing reliable information and resources that can save business owners time and money.
The website is split into six sections:
- Sectors (how to start up and run 200 different types of business)
- Start up
- Law (covering both business law and personal law)
With an engaging mix of how-to guides, feature articles, checklists, expert Q&As, FAQs, case studies, video content and blogs, each site provides new and established businesses with free advice about how to manage a range of issues. Information is updated regularly and checked by independent experts.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets. They also help oversees companies locate and grow in the UK.
The DIT's tailored website brings together international trade and investment information and services from across government. On the website you can:
- Read guidance to help you export your product or service
- Get market statistics and guidance to match your experience
- Create a profile to showcase your business and overseas buyers
- Find an online marketplce to sell your products overseas
- Apply for opportunities to sell your product or service overseas
- Get finance advice and support for UK Export Finance
- Find events and trade missions to attend.
The Fredericks Foundation is a responsible finance provider that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition, but cannot obtain mainstream finance.
Fredericks operates across England and Wales, with a support team on hand to help and guide applicants all the way through the process. The support continues even after the applicant has been sucessful in the form of mentoring, practical business advice, networking and links within the local community that can help support and grow new and expanding businesses.
Fredericks Foundation also works in partnership with Surrey County Council to offer business support and access to finance for small businesses that may struggle with other forms of support.