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You might be interested in the following business information

Access2 Business

A local organisation that provides services supporting local people in the Black Country into employment and self-employment.

Black Country Growth Hub

The Growth Hub provides a single point of contact for businesses in the Black Country to easily access a wide range of support and expertise. They provide help with starting a new business, looking for funding or assisting businesses to achieve increased competitiveness and growth.


COBRA is The Complete Business Reference Advisor- a must for anyone thinking of starting their own business. By logging in you can access start-up guides, factsheets, details of courses, qualifications and training providers, signposting to business events and much more. Dudley Libraries has a subscription so you can gain free access through our webpages. Simply login with your library card and PIN.

Dudley Business First

Dudley Business First offers free and tailored services to help your business establish, grow, diversify or relocate in Dudley Borough. Also includes a free funding and grants search to help you identify any funding available.

Dudley Council’s Business pages

Includes links to local commercial property, contract opportunities, health and safety advice, information about licences and business rates and more.

SWEDA Business Advice

A local organisation that will provide you with the tools and resources to help you to choose the right ideas, research your market, write a business plan, submit applications for funding, and work with partners.

Information last updated 23 August 2016

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.