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You might be interested in the following business information


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

Business - Registering and Licencing

The licensing section deals with applications, transfers and variations of licences. Salford City Council is also responsible for the licensing of car boot sales, blue badges, game dealers, butchers and fairs and events along with many other functions of licensing.

Locate in Salford

Search through this website to find out more about Salford’s thriving economy, and find out what business support is available to help your business thrive and prosper.

Salford Business Directory

Search our business directory to find goods and services offered by thousands of businesses in the city.

Salford Business Rates

Businesses and other occupiers of non-domestic properties pay Non-Domestic Rates (generally known as Business Rates). These pages provide information on how business rates are calculated and where your money goes after it has been collected.

Salford Council Business information

Information on council support for Salford businesses and local licensing and rates. We also make sure that all trading in Salford is safe and legal. And if you’re planning on setting up a new business, we can help you get established.

Support for your Business

The business team help new and existing businesses access the full range of support available and facilitate business to business introductions to help grow Salford’s economy.

Information last updated 06 August 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.