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You might be interested in the following business information

Business and IP Centre Leeds

The Business and IP (Intellectual Property) Centre is a one-stop source for all your business information and intellectual property needs, based in the Leeds Central Library. Whether you are taking your first steps in setting up in business, need guidance with protecting your products and services using patents or trade marks, or are looking for new markets for your business the Business and IP Centre can help you.

Leeds City Council - Business

Here you can find out about the range of business services offered by Leeds City Council and how to keep up-to-date with key developments in the city.​​​​​

West Yorkshire Observatory

Here you can find a wide range of information about the diverse make-up of the Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale communities.

Information last updated 10 February 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.