Starting a business can be a daunting journey and at times may feel like you’re doing it all by yourself. Well we’ve got some news, you’re definitely not! There’s so much support, advice and tools out there for you to tap into. Whether you get involved in the local support available in Leicester whilst studying at De Montfort University or read useful blog posts on the start-up websites – you are not alone.
To show how much support is out there, we’ve compiled an A-Z (really it’s B-W because we couldn’t find anything for A or Z but we’ll go with it) for you to browse and use at your convenience!
Bank of TMC
The Bank of The Mighty Creatives provides bespoke business start-up support to creative young people aged 16 to 25 years old.
Campus Enterprise Opportunities
Campus Enterprise Opportunities (CEO) help provide DMU students and graduates with the right advice and guidance to get their business ideas off the ground.
Search for existing company names and get all the information about forming a limited company or a limited liability partnership.
Supports small arts, design and media businesses in Leicestershire and Rutland
A free fortnightly and friendly meet up for creatives within Leicestershire.
Creative Enterprise Hub
Provides a range of business support for the creative industries in Leicester.
An educational resource for young designers thinking of starting their own business.
East Midlands Incubation Network
The EMIN portal supports start-ups and SME’s in the East Midlands. It offers a grant finder service and tender opportunities in the region.
A hub of articles, guides and resources for Entrepreneurs.
The Enterprise Nation mission is to create an inspirational environment for business owners and would-be entrepreneurs, a supportive community, informational books and events, and a campaigning voice to help small businesses in the UK flourish.
General information and advice from the government about starting a business and being self employed.
Google Analytics show you the full customer picture across many different mediums. Making it easier to serve your current customers and attract news ones and it’s FREE!
HM Revenue and Customs
Comprehensive information on all aspects of tax, including VAT, import/export issue, self employment and national insurance.
A charity that supports creative people through opportunities, funding, arts jobs and career development
Intellectual Property Office
Information on all things related to intellectual property.
A launch-pad for innovative DMU student, graduate and staff businesses.
Business IT support, advice and resources for small companies
Legal resources for you and your business – employment law, personal law and more.
Leicester for Business
Offers business support in Leicester and advice for start-up businesses, existing business owners and entrepreneurs in Leicestershire.
Leicester Tech Startups
Leicester Tech Startups is a community for existing & aspiring entrepreneurs as well as supporting businesses and organisations.
Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce
Leicestershire network of businesses, membership is free for all new businesses.
Free online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results.
Marketing advice and resources for small businesses (SMEs)
This charity exists to help young people fulfil their potential. They work with 14 – 30 year olds who face disadvantage – offering them the support, encouragement and basic financial assistance they need to achieve their goals.
The most read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs
Shell LiveWIRE helps 16 to 30 year olds to start and develop their own business ideas.
Sir Thomas White Loans Charity
The Sir Thomas White Loan Chairty assist young people establish their own businesses with the offer of interest free loans.
Business advice and tools for start-ups and small businesses
Spring to Action
Spring enables people from disadvantaged communities to develop enterprising skills.
Free advice, tools and resources for small businesses and start-ups.
UK business tax advice. Find the answers to your tax questions and much more on theTax Donut.
Start-up help, support and funding if you are thinking of setting up a social enterprise.
DMU’s Enterprise Society is committed in providing an on- campus service that would equip all budding entrepreneurs, future leaders and creatives with essential resources to be able to execute their ideas.