Advice for new businesses

Here to help your business

There are a range of online, telephone and face to face business support services available, from starting up as a sole trader/self-employed/ working for yourself, to being in a partnership and growing your business in the first few years. A summary and web links on the main services available are included on this page, with many of them being provided by national government, regional and local public sector organisations.

If you have an established business (more than three years old) please visit our support for growing businesses web page, and see how we can help you.

Our other web pages include general business support and business networks. For any business enquires please contact us at

Access Innovation: business support package

This support package is available to eligible businesses that are looking to develop new products and processes. Access Innovation can help businesses to access one to one advice, specialist workshops, funding and expertise. Apply online at


AD:VENTURE provides expert help and advice to high growth businesses in the first three years of trading and to people planning to start a business. Funded by the European Union ERDF programme, support is available to businesses in or locating to the Harrogate district and Leeds City Region. To find out more please contact the SME Growth Manager at and visit

Business Enterprise Fund

Business Enterprise Fund is a not for profit social enterprise, providing finance and support to SME businesses in the North. Please visit

Digital Advantage

The Digital Advantage Project for North Yorkshire offers free to attend workshops and businesses grants of up to £5,000 to fund specialist consultants and address digital issues specific to that company, including: websites, marketing, content writing and analytics.

For information about grant eligibility and future workshops please email (supported with part-funding by the European Union and Coventry University Enterprises).

Business and self-employed: Setting up

A government site with information on a business support helpline, funding and advice for growing a business. Please visit

Grow Yorkshire - Cultivating enterprise

A business information and advice service for farmers, including the impact of Brexit, diversification and support with marketing (opened in April 2019).

Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP)

Tailored business support across the Leeds City Region, including the Harrogate district. Please visit

Prince's Trust

Support for starting a business, with the Enterprise programme for 18 to 30-year-olds. Please visit

Self-employed/working for yourself/sole trader

If you start working for yourself, you're classed as a sole trader. This means you're self-employed - even if you haven't yet told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

For more information please visit and

Social Enterprise (help for people or communities)

For information on social enterprises and resources, including funding. Please visit and

Start Up Loan Company

A government-backed scheme helping individuals start or grow a business in the UK, including finance and online advice. Please visit

Trading Standards

North Yorkshire County Council: Trading Standards and consumer advice. Please visit

Business Companion: An online service providing free, impartial legal guidance for businesses. Please visit

West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Advice when starting a new business. Please visit