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PNE Group

Since 1980, the PNE Group has been designing, building and managing innovative projects that help enterprising people and communities develop their ideas, and create wealth and employment.

The purpose of the PNE Group is to develop sustainable organisations globally through people, performance and place. We regard ourselves as social entrepreneurs doing challenging things throughout the world.M

Our success is based on a sound understanding of best practice, married with practical experience of working with small businesses and community projects.

Website: http://www.pne.org

SHELL LIVEWIRE

Shell LiveWIRE, the UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs starting a business.

Shell LiveWIRE is a premier source of free information and advice for young people interested in starting a business in the UK and also hosts Business Awards for young entrepreneurs.

Website: http://www.shell-livewire.org

BUSINESS GATEWAY (SCOTLAND)

The Business Gateway service was created by the Scottish Enterprise Network and provides the following:

  • Business Information Service, eg company reports, market research, training, etc;
  • Business Start Up Service, eg specialist advice and counselling with a Business Information Officer;
  • High Growth Start Up Service, ie assistance for businesses with high turnovers and who will create substantial employment opportunities; and
  • Business Growth Service, ie for businesses that are looking to expand by creating new products and/or venturing into new markets.

To find your local Business Gateway, contact:

Business Gateway
Tel: (0845) 609 6611
Website: http://www.bgateway.com/

Note: People living in the Highlands and Islands region should contact Highlands and Islands Enterprise (http://www.hie.co.uk).

BUSINESS LINK (ENGLAND)

The Business Link network operates on behalf of the Small Business Service (SBS) and provides advice and information on every aspect of running a small enterprise. There are currently 45 Business Link operators in England. Your local Business Link can help you with such things as:

  • setting up a new business
  • market research
  • marketing activities
  • sources of funding
  • understanding business legislation
  • exporting advice

To find your local Business Link operator, contact:

Business Link
Tel: (0845) 600 9006
Website: http://www.businesslink.gov.uk

INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND

Invest Northern Ireland (NI), created in 2002, provides a wide range of services to new and established businesses. Invest NI can help with all aspects of setting up, running and expanding a business, including:

  • finance
  • marketing
  • premises
  • personnel
  • legislation

To find your local office, contact:

Invest Northern Ireland
Tel: (028) 9023 9090
E-mail: info@investni.com
Website: http://www.investni.com/contactus.htm

LOCAL AUTHORITIES

The Economic Development department at your local council may offer a variety of serivces and assistance to new businesses, including:

  • financial assistance in the form of grants or loans
  • information about business premises and sites
  • exporting advice
  • signposting to other business support organisations

To find the contact details for your local authority, go to:

The Oultwood website
Website: http://www.oultwood.com

LOCAL ENTERPRISE AGENCIES (ENGLAND)

Your local enterprise agency may provide the following services to new and existing businesses:

  • counselling
  • training
  • consultancy
  • managed workspace
  • financial assistance

To find your local enterprise agency, contact:

National Federation of Enterprise Agencies
Trinity Gardens
9-11 Bromham Road
Bedford
MK40 2UQ
Tel: (01234) 354 055
E-mail: enquiries@nfea.com

LOCAL ENTERPRISE COMPANY (SCOTLAND)

Local Enterprise Companies (LECs) operate throughout Scotland and provide services to new and established businesses on behalf of Scottish Enterprise.

To find your local LEC, contact:

In Southern Scotland
Local Enterprise Company
Tel: (0845) 607 8787
Website: Local Enterprise Companies

In the Highlands and Islands
Local Enterprise Company
Tel: (01463) 234 171
E-mail: hie.general@hient.co.uk
Website: http://www.hie.co.uk/contactinfo.htm

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION (ENGLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND AND WALES)

The Royal British Legion offers Small Business Loans to help unemployed ex-Service people to start a business. The scheme is available in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

To find out more, contact:

Legion Small Business Advice Office
The Cottage
Ordnance Road
Tidworth
Hampshire
SP9 7QD
Tel: (01980) 847 753
Fax: (01980) 847 734
E-mail: business@britishlegion.org.uk
Website: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk

THE BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Your local Chamber of Commerce may provide the following services to new and existing businesses:

  • information
  • advice
  • training
  • networking opportunities
  • seminars
  • financial advice and possible assistance

It is important to note that you must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to access their services.

To find your local Chamber of Commerce, contact:

The British Chambers of Commerce
50 Broadway
St James' Park
London
SW1H 0RG.
Tel: (020) 7152 4046
E-mail: info@britishchambers.org.uk
Website: http://www.chamberonline.co.uk/chamber_network/chamberlist

THE PRINCE'S TRUST

The Princes's Trust provides advice and financial assistance to young people aged 18-30 who are interested in setting up their own business. Support available includes:

  • low interest loans
  • grants
  • marketing assistance
  • business mentoring

To find your local Prince's Trust office, contact:

The Prince's Trust
Tel: (0800) 842 842
Website: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk

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