Advice and support for business start-ups: government sources

The internet is full of advice on starting your own business, but which online advice can you trust? Barry Akid, who runs the Fuel Helpline, gives his expert advice on the websites you should go to for business support as you start out on your own. Here, you'll find the best government and official sources. 

Government supported advice for start-ups 

The Business Link telephone helpline offers answers to quick questions and access to a more in-depth service too - Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm 
0845 600 9006 

Sets out options for establishing a social enterprise 

Customs and Excise information and guidance 

This is the Companies House web site section on starting up a company with links to sources about intellectual property among other topics 

Government, the StartUp Britain campaign and other partners are working together to support new business startups and growth. “Between us, we've got all the advice, inspiration and practical help you need to turn a dream into a working, profitable business.” 

Mentorsme is Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services.The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage of their business and their location in Britain. 

Capital Enterprise is a group of London organisations offering range of support to startups and small businesses.  

The Manufacturing Advisory Service is sponsored by the Business department and, with particular focus on small businesses, provides free review with potential for subsidised consultancy help. Innovation is one of the areas of service.