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Cheshire West & Chester

Cheshire West & Chester

Business

You might be interested in the following business information

Ask About Business

Ask About Business is a partnership between twelve library authorities across the north west. It provides information to support pre-start and new businesses, SMEs, Jobseekers, Consumers, Inventors and Business students.

Blue Orchid business support

Based in Liverpool, Blue Orchid is one of the largest providers of free business advice and support in the UK and provides support services for 28 Local Authorities, including Cheshire West and Chester.

Business apprenticeships

Information for businesses wanting to know more about apprenticeships in Cheshire and Warrington

Business support and information in Cheshire West and Chester

Links to national and local organisations offering help and advice on starting, growing and financing businesses. Provides guidance on business rates, investments, regulations, licensing as well as sites and premises available to buy and let within West Cheshire.

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Cheshire and Warrington LEP works in partnership with local government, businesses, educational institutes and other public, private and community sector organisations. Their aim is to make Cheshire and Warrington the best place to do business in the UK by providing 871 square miles of opportunity, innovation, ambition, inspiration and growth.

Find It - Cheshire and Warrington

Forum for local businesses to exchange information, ideas and opportunities. Also provides support and advice including information on business finance and start up grants.

The Woman's Organisation

The Women’s Organisation is the largest developer and deliverer of training and support targeting women in the UK. They deliver services locally in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, with a reach across the North West and deliver projects across the world.

Information last updated 14 August 2017

National information

Companies House

If you’re starting up you’ll find information about your need to register your business, how to check if a name is available, when to file accounts, and lots more. All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House. 

Federation of Small Business

The main organisation for small business in the UK, the FSB promotes and protects the interests of the self-employed and small business owners within the UK. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. 

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust operates an Enterprise Programme providing money and support to help young people start up in business. The site also features an “A-Z of Young Businesses”, and a Business Finder. Useful resources and links. 

Setting up a business

Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you’re self-employed or a sole trader. An essential starting point. 

Shell LiveWire

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and start-up awards of £1,000 and £10,000 funding to young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) in the UK. The site contains lots of useful tools and links, including how to write a business plan. Registration allows access to more resources. 

UK Intellectual Property Office 

Many entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses forget about their intellectual property. The Intellectual Property Office helps you get the right type of protection for your creation or invention, no matter how big or small, from trade marks to patents, designs to copyright.