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You might be interested in the following business information


A local organisation providing services to support people in the Black Country into employment and self-employment.

Black Country Chamber of Commerce

A not-for-profit membership organisation, that provides business support to businesses throughout Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

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 help with starting a new business, looking for funding or assisting businesses to grow.


The Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA) provides access to a wide range of business information for small and start-up businesses. This online resource offers access to start-up guides, factsheets, details of courses, qualifications and training providers, signposting to business events and much more. To access this service all you need is a Sandwell library card and an online services PIN – please ask at your local library for more information.


The Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency Ltd (SWEDA) is a local organisation that provides support for people who are thinking of starting their own business - 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 06 June 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.