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Business Support Directory

Creative Greenhouse

The Creative Greenhouse offers support to creative businesses through a number of events and a directory of local creative businesses. For further details see: http://www.creativegreenhouse.org.uk/

D2N2 Growth Hub

Growing  Your Business?  There are a number of different support packages available to help your business grow but finding what is right for your business can be confusing.  The D2N2 Growth Hub is there in order to steer you in the best direction.  In short, offering a free and impartial service to all small and medium-sized enterprises in Ashfield and Mansfield.  So whether you need funding to expand or guidance on the latest legislation or improvements to your business processes, the Growth Hub is there to help.

For further information visit: http://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is a leading business organisation in the East Midlands. The Chamber offers Members extensive networking opportunities and a wide range of discounted services.

For further information and contact details see: http://www.emc-dnl.co.uk/

First Enterprise Business Agency

First Enterprise is a leading business support organisation meeting the needs of pre-start and existing business owners in Nottingham and throughout the East Midlands. For further details on services and contacts see: http://www.first-enterprise.co.uk/


This website provides information on government services for start-up and established businesses covering such things as business tax, premises and business rates and importing/exporting. For further details see: www.gov.uk

HM Revenue and Customs

The HMRC website provides information about all aspects of tax and VAT for start-up and existing businesses: www.hmrc.gov.uk

E-Learning For people starting in business. View the most popular title: working for yourself.
Webinars A wide variety of webinars (online presentations). Lasting less than an hour, pre-recorded webinars or live and interactive webinars with the opportunity to ask questions. View all the webinars or one of the most popular: Record Keeping for the Self-Employed.
Emails Sign up for HMRC’s free email service to receive regular updates.
Record Keeping Mobile Apps Smart phone Record Keeping Apps supplied by third parties.
Tax Help Fact Sheets Covering subjects such as: Self-Assessment, Expenses and Allowances for the Self-Employed, Employing someone for the first time, VAT and Limited Companies. See what’s available.
YouTube Bite-sized chunks of information on a range of tax matters.
Twitter Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCbusiness for up-to-date information to help you in business and to ask general queries.

Innovate UK

This is the UK’s innovation agency that supports innovative businesses and drives growth across the UK by a variety of programmes through both direct support and through collaborative and knowledge sharing programmes.  Their innovation voucher and SMART grant schemes are examples of direct support for SMEs.  For further information see:www.innovateuk.gov.uk/

Job Centre Plus

Job Centre Plus offers a variety of free-of-charge services to employers: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/jcp-services-employers.pdf

Mansfield & Ashfield 2020

A local organisation to promote innovation, support and nurture inward investment. For further details and contacts check: http://www.mansfield2020.com/

NBV Enterprise Solutions

NBV is a not for profit organisation with experience in providing business advice and training for those considering starting a business as well as established businesses looking to grow. For further information see: www.nbv.co.uk

 The Federation of Small Businesses

The UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

For the full range of member benefits and details of the local branch see: http://www.fsb.org.uk/notts-and-derby/

The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports young people aged 18-30 years who are unemployed or working less than 16-hours per week and are interested in starting a business.

For further information and contacts see: www.princes-trust.org.uk

Department of International Trade

GREAT.gov.uk is the UK government’s single destination for information on trade, investment, tourism and education provided by:

Vision Apprentices

Support in recruiting new people or addressing skills through recruitment of apprentices. This is part of Vision West Nottinghamshire College. For further details and contacts see: http://www.visionapprentices.co.uk/


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