Useful Links

Start-ups

http://www.startups.co.uk/
This is aimed at SMEs. It has a clear and simple design and combines news with practical advice. There’s plenty of practical advice in a no-nonsense style.

http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/
An independent organisation aiming to foster success in young people to start and develop their own businesses. Also hosts a national competition for start-ups to accelerate young business ideas. Free advice for 16 to 30 year olds.

http://www.newbusiness.co.uk/
A comprehensive website dedicated to new businesses.

http://www.shell-livewire.org/
Provides the latest information on how Shell Livewire assists people aged 16-30 who are looking to start their own business.

http://www.j4b.co.uk/
Offers a simple 4-step grant search service. It has comprehensive, up-to-date information on business grants currently available in only a few seconds. It contains regional information on around 5,000 capital grants.
www.businesslink.gov.uk Practical advice for business (managed by the DTI).

Business Information

http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/
This is the site of the British Chamber of Commerce, the national voice of local business providing a range of services including international trade, training and cost-effective commercial services.

http://www.fsb.org.uk/
The Federation of Small Business is the leading political lobby for British small business.

http://www.yell.co.uk/
Home of the online version of the Yellow Pages. Search by keywords and browse by category. A hugely impressive site with massive investment.

http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/
A website designed for the accountancy community providing accounting and taxation information.

http://www.patent.gov.uk/
The UK Patent Office

Government

http://www.direct.gov.uk/
This site aims to tell you “everything” about the UK government.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/
A really excellent site. Advice for small businesses and those going self-employed. It’s surprisingly helpful and full of useful information.

http://www.companies-house.gov.uk/
This provides information for limited companies, including name searches and basic company information.

www.gov.uk/bis
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

http://www.hse.gov.uk/
Government health and safety advice.

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/
This is the site of the National Statistics Office. It’s updated regularly.

http://www.pensionservice.gov.uk/
This will enable you to obtain your State Pension Forecast as well as access to other useful calculators.

Search Engines

http://www.google.co.uk/
The world’s most used search engine

http://www.msn.co.uk/
Microsoft’s popular search engine.

http://www.yahoo.co.uk/
A very popular search engine.
Business News

http://www.ft.com/
If it’s not in the FT…….Up to the minute news, information and analysis.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Find the latest news on the BBC’s website.