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You might be interested in the following business information

Business File Directory

Fully searchable database of over 9,600 companies located in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire is part of the British Library Business & IP Centre national network.


Start up and business support service for Kettering: funded by Kettering Borough Council and delivered by the University of Northampton.

Northamptonshire Analysis

Gateway to information and intelligence about Northamptonshire; aimed at anyone who is looking to find out more about their local community and the county in general.

Northamptonshire Chamber

Represents around 1,000 Northamptonshire businesses, who employ over one third of the county’s workforce.

Northamptonshire Growth Hub

Dedicated team of professional advisors offer access to a comprehensive range of business support from a wide range of local and national providers.

Information last updated 01 May 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.