Our Business and IP centre provides a range of advice and support.
Intellectual Property or IP can help you protect your business ideas to prevent others from using them without your permission.
Bookable sessions for one to one Intellectual Property advice are available. For further details see our Business and IP Centre Northamptonshire page.
Information on registering your business as a limited company. Free company name search provided.
Information on starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you are self employed or a sole trader.
HMRC's section for people who are self employed or are considering becoming self employed.
Collection bringing together leaflets, factsheets and booklets issued by HM Revenue and Customs.
Live webinars are available on set dates and times. They usually last an
hour and there is time to ask the presenter questions at the
end. Customers will need to complete a simple registration in advance
giving their name and email address.
Online learning is an e-course covering tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.
Recorded webinars are available at any time and can be viewed at your
own pace. However, unlike live webinars they are not hosted so there is
no opportunity to ask questions.
Short information videos located on HMRC YouTube channel. They aim to provide reassurance and offer quick help.
Includes information on how business start-ups can book a free appointment with a chartered accountant.
Learn the essential numerical skills required for accounting and
bookkeeping. This free course explains the fundamental rules of
double-entry bookkeeping and how they are used to produce the balance
sheet and the profit and loss account.
Information on benefits you may be entitled to if you are self employed.
Information about business plan content, including templates and online tools (Registration may be required)
Help page on writing your business plan. Includes a link to the Prince's Trust business plan template; and also free sample templates available through Bplans.co.uk.
The UK national trade association representing private investors or a
group of investors looking for opportunities to invest money in
Provides advice and business loans to pre-start and existing business owners throughout the East Midlands.
Provides loans to new and existing businesses that have been refused finance by mainstream lenders.
Subscription grants and policy database which holds details of more than 7,000 funding opportunities.Please note: Northamptonshire Libraries does not subscribe to this website.
We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors.
Grants for small and medium-sized rural businesses: farmers wishing to diversify; tourism projects; community groups; foresters and other rural enterprises.
Can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. Contact Jobcentre Plus to apply or find out more.
Where to find the money for your own business start-up, and which option is the best for you.
Aimed at entrepreneurs in general: the website contains a free search engine for finding grants (registration is required).
A Government initiative providing funding, mentoring & support to those looking to start or grow a business. Start-up Loans works with Enterprise Loans East Midlands and Midlands Community Finance and CWRT to support Start Up Loans applicants in the East Midlands.
Small business advice, business ideas and information on starting a business.
e-business online course.
Eight free digital online courses.
Get the digital skills you need to grow your business.
Six free courses on the fundamentals of social marketing.
Guide to basic online skills and using online services to help with your
Fully searchable database of over 9,600 companies located in Northamptonshire,
Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Information on applying to become an approved trader to show customers that you
are Trading Standards approved.
Offers advice, mentoring, training and networking to university staff and
students; and also local entrepreneurs.
Start up and business support service for Kettering: funded by Kettering Borough
Council and delivered by the University of Northampton.
UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests
of the self employed and owners of small firms.
Gateway to information and intelligence about Northamptonshire; aimed at anyone
who is looking to find out more about their local community and the county in
Represents around 1,000 Northamptonshire businesses, who employ over one
third of the county's workforce.
Support for disabled people considering self employment.
Funding and free advice for business start-ups and growing businesses.
Working in collaboration with local authority and private sector partners, SEMLEP aims to deliver the strategic infrastructure and skills projects that are essential for economic growth – new jobs and new homes – in this area.
An energy comparison service to help you find the cheapest utility prices in the
Information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading
Series of videos helping businesses understand IP and some of the areas around it.
A free programme of online business support including video tutorials and
Supporting business creation by the over 50s.
Supporting business creation by 18 - 30 year olds.
National campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise
and passion of Britain's leading business people; aims to celebrate, inspire and
accelerate enterprise in the UK.
Basic information on establishing co-operatives.
Grant funding, loans and contract search website.
A partnership between the University of Northampton and Exemplas: a support service for the social enterprise sector providing information, specialist advice, training, consulting, coaching and mentoring to new and existing social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.
A partnership of organisations from the community, voluntary, enterprise,
government and regional development sectors of the East Midlands.
Details of thousands of serviced offices in the United Kingdom.
Designed specifically for small businesses, startups and freelancers; search all
the main types of office space for rent and then compare available space on a
like-for-like desk cost basis.
The Prime Office Space search facility allows you to search for serviced,
managed, temporary, flexible and traditional office space to let.
Search all types of office space nationally, whatever the size of your business;
whether you need a single desk, or space for 100 desks.
Private membership organisation running business clubs and networking.
Open to businesses in the Corby District and surrounding villages including Weldon, Rockingham, Gretton, Cottingham, Middleton, East Carlton, Stanion, and Little Stanion.
Business community for businesses based in Kettering, Desborough, Rothwell, Burton Latimer and surrounding villages.
Providing fortnightly breakfast meetings and monthly evening meetings where like-minded business owners can come together to listen, learn and share their ideas.
Represents around 1,000 Northamptonshire businesses, who employ over one third of the county's workforce.
Monthly social networking evenings discussing business matters and local issues.
Founded in 2007 and holds several evening meetings each month.
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Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
Remember we can help with any IP questions you have. We love copyright, trademarks, designs, and patents are a particular favourite. 😊
Businesses - make sure you know how to avoid infringing #IP at work with @The_IPO's IP Basics animation. See more at http://socsi.in/lgEfM
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Are you a business working in the food or drink sector? Creating a brand name, website or secret receipe? You could be using intellectual property wit...
BIPC Northamptonshire's cover photo
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Photos from BIPC Northamptonshire's post
We would like to say a big thank you to all our attendees, speakers and business experts who made #BIPCStartupDay at Northamptonshire Central Library ...
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As a designated Patent Library we can help you with any intellectual property enquiries you have, including copyright questions.
Copyright is an automatic right that protects books, music, film & lots more - This IPO video explains all. See more in the IP Basics series at http:/...
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Libraries kick-starting the next generation of entrepreneurs - Libraries Taskforce
Have you booked your place at our #BIPCStartupDay yet? Don't miss out on this free day of events to help you start or grow your business, this Thursda...
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