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British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic, high-profile and independent business network, with Chambers across the UK.  Local Chambers sit at the heart of the community, working with businesses of all sizes, and representing all sectors.
BCC has been growing British business for more than 150 years, providing companies with practical support, useful connections and valuable access to new ideas and innovations. Even though the BCC is not for profit, they are powerfully placed to help those who are.  To find out more about becoming a member, contact your local Chamber.

British Marine Federation

British Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry representing businesses involved in:
Leisure boats – seagoing and inland, Small commercial workboats up to 24m, Superyachts, Hire fleets and all the equipment and services needed for those craft.

Design Council

Design Council’s purpose is to make life better by design. We are an independent charity and the government’s adviser on design. Our vision is a world where the role and value of design is recognised as a fundamental creator of value, enabling happier, healthier and safer lives for all. Through the power of design, we make better places, better products, better processes and better performance.

Enterprise First

Enterprise First offer a range of free support including independent advice and mentoring support.  One-to-one business support and workshops are available for start ups and established businesses.We’re a not-for-profit company, with public and private-sector funding that allows us to offer independent, confidential  advice and support completely free, or at a nominal cost.

We help people whatever stage they are at in business, doesn’t matter if you are pre start, a young business or a well established one.  We have a variety of services to support you on your journey.Need help with writing a business plan, securing funding, scaling up or just want a bit of advice?

Finding solutions is at the heart of what we do.  Our experienced adviser team work with you on a one on one basis to offer a bespoke package of support. Our services include:
Finance and access to funding – we can help you apply for a loan and help you start or progress your business
Business units for let – office and light industrial units
One to one business advice – this service is offered in areas where we have support from local authorities
Workshops on marketing and accounting – get the training you need

T: 0800 652 6254

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We are a not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of our members, which exists to serve the small business community across the UK.

Starting at just £147 in the first year plus a £30 joining fee for businesses with no employees we pride ourselves in supporting smaller businesses like yours.

Open to FSB members and non members:

 

FSB Coronavirus Hub (includes free Webinars)

FSB Skills Hub

FSB Events

 

FSB Membership Benefits include:

 

FSB Tax Investigation Protection

FSB Legal Protection Scheme

FSB Employment Protection

FSB Health and Safety Advice

FSB Legal Hub

FSB Care

FSB Insurance Service

FSB Payments

FSB Funding Platform

FSB Cash Advance

FSB Debt Recovery

FSB Workplace Pensions

FSB Cyber Protection

FSB Business Banking

FSB PR/Crisis Management

FSB First Voice

NatWest Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator

Pre-Accelerator is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. It is a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs. The course is eight weeks long but starts with an exciting, immersive,
Ignition’ event and ends with a chance to celebrate and swap experiences. We concentrate on providing early-stage businesses with the best environment, digital learning and networks.

To find out how to apply and how we could help #PowerUp you and your early stage business, contact us at  accelerator@natwest.com

Visit Britain / Visit England

Business Support Hub – Travel and Tourism

Topics currently covered on the Hub are:

  1. Start your business

The key target markets in your destination, guidance on the practicalities of setting up a new business and where to get help from mentors.

  1. Find funding

Funding options for your business and guidance on managing finances more effectively to maximise your profit margins.

  1. Know your legal obligations

On what grounds you can refuse a booking, what licences you need to provide TVs and how to comply with health & safety regulations. You can also buy a printed copy of the popular Pink Book: legislation for tourist accommodation.

  1. Understand health and safety

Your legal responsibilities, how to run a safe business and create a Fire Risk Assessment using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business accessible

Guidance, tools and resources to help you provide access for all – and gain a share of a £12 billion market. You can also create an Accessibility Guide for your businesses using a free online tool.

  1. Make your business sustainable

How to save money, reduce your impact and win more customers with practical sustainability tips and case studies.

  1. Employ and manage staff

Step-by-step guides to finding and employing staff, guidance on managing employees and information on apprenticeships.

  1. Find training

Training courses for you and your staff on customer service, digital skills and inclusion.

  1. Get quality assessed

How to get an official star rating or accreditation for your business from the national tourist board.

  1. Enter the Awards for Excellence

How to apply for one of the highest accolades in English tourism – the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

  1. Market your business

VisitEngland/VisitBritain marketing opportunities, our Digital Marketing Toolkit and best practice communication guides.

  1. Attract international visitors

Guidance to help your business get ‘international ready’, including extensive research on overseas markets and our Inbound Tourism Toolkit.

  1. Find local support

An online tool that tells you who your local Destination Organisation (local tourist board) an Growth Hubs are.