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.
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 www.rtcnorth.co.uk/contact.
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 email@example.com and visit ad-venture.org.uk.
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 www.befund.org.
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 Digitaladvantage@cueltd.co.uk (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 www.gov.uk/set-up-business.
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 www.the-lep.com/for-businesses.
Support for starting a business, with the Enterprise programme for 18 to 30-year-olds. Please visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business.
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 www.gov.uk/working-for-yourself and www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-youre-self-employed.
Social Enterprise (help for people or communities)
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 www.startuploans.co.uk.
North Yorkshire County Council: Trading Standards and consumer advice. Please visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/trading-standards.
Business Companion: An online service providing free, impartial legal guidance for businesses. Please visit www.businesscompanion.info.
West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Advice when starting a new business. Please visit www.wnychamber.co.uk/business-support.