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Useful links

Local business support

  • Sheffield Enterprise Agency offers a range of professional services including ongoing one-to-one counselling sessions with approved business advisors, an approved business skills training programme, tailored workshops and seminars, and two years continued aftercare for your new business.
  • Sheffield Library offers access to start-up advice, a comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property (IP) databases and free workshops and networking events.
  • Rotherham Investment & Development Office can provide business advice, free property searches and property marketing, recruitment and training advice and help starting your company.
  • As a student or graduate of Sheffield Hallam University we can also direct you to other local support.

National business support

  • HM Revenue and Customs provide a national advice service that assists all new businesses, and helps with completing VAT returns.
  • New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. Contact your local Jobcentre Plus to apply or find out more.
  • UnLtd supports individuals who have their ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change. They operate a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources, from awards of funding to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.
  • offers lots of advice for those looking to become self-employment or start a business.
  • Start-up Loans is a government-funded scheme providing advice, business loans and mentoring to start-up businesses.
  • Intellectual Property Office is the official government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.

Enterprise support for students and a young people

  • The Graduate Entrepreneurship Project is an award-winning partnership of ten Yorkshire universities. The project's website has information about forthcoming events aimed at start-ups across Yorkshire, case studies of successful entrepreneurs, and a forum where you can post questions and chat to other graduates who are considering starting a business.
  • National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education was formed in 2004 with the aim of raising the profile of entrepreneurship and the option of starting your own business as a career choice amongst students and graduates. Visit this site for research into graduate enterprise and information.
  • The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs is the UK's leading organisation in engaging students in enterprise. They also organise the annual Student Enterprise Conference, the largest in Europe, which provides companies and businesses with the perfect opportunity to showcase their products and services to hundreds of students, educators and entrepreneurs from across the UK and beyond.

National competitions

  • The Princes Trust is a UK charity which helps young people to overcome barriers in their life. It can provide help and funding to certain types of start-up business.
  • Shell LiveWIRE offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK and hosts the national business competition Shell LiveWIRE Awards.
  • Shell Springboard provides funding to UK entrepreneurs at the cutting-edge of the low-carbon economy. In 2015 funding awards of up to £150,000 are available for small enterprises with innovative, commercially viable business ideas that will reduce carbon emissions.
  • Unltd offers awards for social entrepreneurs at various stages of their journey.
  • The Queen's Awards for Enterprise winners are announced on 21 April each year. They receive a grant of appointment, a presentational item and an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace.
  • Lloyds Enterprise Awards offer prizes including cash investments, mentoring support packages, PR coverage and free legal advice.
  • Santander 60 second Pitch Awards give you and your business (or idea) the chance to win up to £1,500 as well as support and advice from Santander.
  • The Nectar Business Small Business Awards have offered prizes including team dinners and holidays.
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