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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

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