Business is Great:

This website provides assistance with all things a start-up must consider with regards to legalities and registration, as well support with areas such as business planning and market research.

Great Business Diagnostic Tool: A Business Support diagnostic tool, to assist businesses in finding the appropriate help and guidance.


Start-up Toolkit: 

There is a host of useful information within the ‘Start-up toolkit’ provided by Start-up Loans.



Starting your own business: 

This page provides further details regarding the below key facets of starting a business:

  • Funding
  • Researching your market
  • Developing and planning
  • Finding partners, suppliers and premises
  • Setting up a business

Click here for further information or phone 0300 456 3565



Shell LiveWIRE Business Library:

Free business advice and tools to help you start a business and become self-employed.  This site contains a wide range of free articles, tools and resources that will help you get started in business

Click here for further information



Business Planning Templates:

Business Plan Template

Cash flow Forecast

Marketing Plan Template


cyber essentials

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

The full scheme, enables organisations to gain 1 of 2 new Cyber Essentials badges. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations which are offering incentives for businesses.

The Cyber Essentials Requirements document sets out the necessary technical controls. The Assurance Framework shows how the independent assurance process works and the different levels of assessment organisations can apply for to achieve the badges. It also contains guidance for security professionals carrying out the assessments.

From 1 October 2014, government requires all suppliers bidding for certain sensitive and personal information handling contracts to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Further information can be found at:


Disaster recovery

Business Continuity Planning:

If your business suffered a fire or floor how would you cope? Do you have a plan if a neighbouring business suffers an event that prevents you from accessing your own premises?  Support for business continuity planning can be found here