Start Ups
This is aimed at SMEs. It has a clear and simple design and combines news with practical advice. There’s plenty of practical advice in a no-nonsense style.
An independent organisation aiming to foster success in young people to start and develop their own businesses. Also hosts a national competition for start-ups to accelerate young business ideas. Free advice for 16 to 30 year olds.
A comprehensive website dedicated to new businesses.
Provides the latest information on how Shell Livewire assists people aged 16-30 who are looking to start their own business.
Offers a simple 4-step grant search service. It has comprehensive, up-to-date information on business grants currently available in only a few seconds. It contains regional information on around 5,000 capital grants.
Practical advice for business (managed by the DTI).

Government Departments and Agencies

HM Revenue & Customs
A really excellent site. Advice for small businesses and those going self-employed. It’s surprisingly helpful and full of useful information.
Department of Trade & Industry
HM Treasury
Home Office
Companies House
This provides information for limited companies, including name searches and basic company information.
CCTA Government Information Service
Dept. for Education & Employment
Office of Fair Trading
Financial Services Authority
Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO)

Central Office of Information (press releases)
Charity Commission
Business Link – national business advice service
Stationery Office Official Documents
Stationery Office Virtual Bookstore
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform is the government department responsible for UK business.
Small Business Service (an agency of the dti)
Government health and safety advice.
This is the site of the National Statistics Office. It’s updated regularly.

General business information
This is the site of the British Chamber of Commerce, the national voice of local business providing a range of services including international trade, training and cost-effective commercial services.
The Federation of Small Business is the leading political lobby for British small business.
Home of the online version of the Yellow Pages. Search by keywords and browse by category. A hugely impressive site with massive investment.
A website designed for the accountancy community providing accounting and taxation information.
The UK Patent Office

Business Index Links

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