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You might be interested in the following business information

Business support from Lancashire libraries

Lancashire library members have free access to online resources to support your business or help you start up. Includes British Standards and COBRA business adviser. Information and services for new and established business. Includes funding, premises, the law, tenders and permits. Improve your digital capability with Google Digital Garage by joining one of our sessions.

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is a locally based private sector organisation, helping companies across the area with their productivity, by helping reduce costs, providing qualified advice, train and develop staff, increasing sales and improving profits.

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership are a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils, who direct economic growth and drive job creation. Find information on funding, research and development and skills development.

Information last updated 17 July 2018

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.