Useful Links

We have collated a set of links to other services and sources of guidance to which we have referred in our start-ups clinic factsheets. George Green LLP is not responsible for the content of external websites. Inclusion of a link to an external website is not necessarily an endorsement of that website or its owners.

Forming a Business

Companies House: Guidance notes on the basics of setting up a company, and ongoing compliance requirements.

Financing

Start-up Loans: A Government backed scheme to provide low cost unsecured loans and mentoring to entrepreneurs of all ages. (This is administered by BCRS in the Black Country).

Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS): Provides loans (usually on a secured basis) from £10k - £100k to businesses who have been unable to obtain loans from traditional sources.

Select Business Finance: An independent adviser on all types of commercial finance (particularly factoring and invoice discounting) to businesses in the West Midlands, Shropshire and beyond.

Minerva Business Angels: A Business Angel network formed in 1994 with investor syndicates in Warwick and Wolverhampton.

Prince's Trust: The Enterprise Programme run by The Prince's Trust provides financial and practical support for young people aged 18-30 who are unemployed and looking to start up a business.

Business Support and Mentoring

GOV.UK: The stripped-down replacement for Business Link as the Government’s main source of on-line business advice – provides links to advice on funding opportunities by business sector and location.

Manufacturing Advisory Service: Grant aided subsidised consultancy support for manufacturers with regard to strategy, business processes and innovation – free to manufacturers employing up to 250 employees.

Business in You: A new website highlighting sources of support for start-ups.

Growth Accelerator: Is a unique service designed to help high growth businesses achieve their full potential.

Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre: Information on resources for start-ups and existing businesses.

SP/ARK: Business incubation facilities for start-ups in the creative and ICT business sectors in the West Midlands, provided by the University of Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton City Council: A team of advisors providing business start-up support.

Access 2 Business: Support and training to businesses (including start-ups), job seekers and those looking to become self-employed.

Intellectual Property

UK Intellectual Property Office: Detailed guidance on intellectual property.

Forresters: Advice on intellectual property protection.