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 or email

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

If you start working for yourself you will need to register for tax and national insurance, to find out what involved the following link should help.

You can also get help if you're running your own business by using videos, webinars and online courses from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Business is Great

A government site providing support, advice and inspiration for growing your business including a business support helpline

Business Companion

Trading Standards law explained - Free, impartial legal guidance for businesses.

Business Companion provides information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards and consumer protection legislation

Business and Intellectual Property Centre Leeds

The Business and IP Centre Leeds is a one-stop source for all your business and intellectual property needs. Whether you are taking your first steps in setting up in business, protecting your products and services or looking for events and workshops.

Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP)

Tailored SME business support in Leeds City Region with details of funding options including grants

How's Business

The Growth Hub for York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

The website has a number of good article and e-books on various topics along with details of events. It also covers possible funding options.

Business Enterprise Fund

Business Enterprise Fund is a not for profit social enterprise, set up to provide loans to SME businesses that will help them thrive and grow when other lenders can't fully assist. They are also a delivery partner for the Start-Up loan company.

Start Up Loan Company

The government-backed Start Up Loan Scheme with free business support.

Princes Trust

An Enterprise programme for18 to 30-year-olds providing training, mentoring support and funding.

West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

As well as a membership and lobbying organisation the Chamber also provides business support to non-members through a number of programmes.

Social Enterprise - Yorkshire and Humber

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber (SEYH) represents, promotes and connects social enterprise in the region

Further information can be found by visiting

Information on Business support organisations and networks

Page last updated 07/12/2018