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You might be interested in the following business information

Business Information Service (Solihull Libraries)

You can use MINT and FAME for company information and mailing lists in The Core Library, Balsall Common and Knowle. If you are unable to get into the library you can now order databases to be supplied by email with payment by credit card. More business resources are available in the Core Library.

Business rates, licensing and planning

Information from Solihull Council on business rates, licensing and permits, planning, tenders, and environmental health, aimed at new and existing businesses.

Community Enterprise for Success

Solihull’s programme of support for organisations in the voluntary and community sector, aimed at helping your organisation to become stronger and more sustainable through enterprising activities.

Investing in North Solihull

The North Solihull Partnership has created an Enterprise Centre as a hub for local businesses, along with support for new businesses and start-ups.

Solihull Chamber of Commerce

Solihull Chamber of Commerce and Industry belongs to its business members who join for a variety of benefits. From raising their local profile through networking events to sourcing business information, accessing commercial services or seeking international trade advice and training.

Information last updated 13 June 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.