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You might be interested in the following business information

Federation of Small Businesses Devon

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

Heart of the South West Business Support

Heart of the South West Business Support helps businesses across Devon and Somerset. They offer a range of free or subsidised business support services for people looking to start a business and for existing businesses looking to develop and grow.

Outset Torbay

If you’re interested in exploring whether your ideas can grow into a great business then Outset can help. Their programme is designed to help you develop your ideas, build your confidence and skills and learn to run your own business.

Torbay Work Hubs

The Harbour Works, Torquay and Brixham Sea Works are ideal for small businesses, new enterprises or larger companies. Benefits include great meeting spaces, networking opportunities and events, access to business support such as advice, brokerage and mentoring, printer, WiFi and high speed broadband.

Information last updated 06 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.