Useful links & resources
British Library Business & IP Centre Located near London's King's Cross. Holds a huge collection of market research, both online and in its business section. It is free to access.
Business Link offers practical advice to business, especially when you are setting up. They also publish the details of the Small Firms Loan Guarantee, a government backed low-interest loan for small businesses. They have branches throughout England, the Surrey branch is in Woking, and are linked to similar organisations in Scotland and Wales.
Prince's Trust offers advice, support, low-interest loans and grants for young people looking to start their own business who are low on resources.
SETsquared helps technology based ventures move from initial ideas into commercial viability.
Shell LiveWIRE aims to help 16-30 year olds to develop their own business, and hosts a national competition for new business start-ups.
Small Business run by the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies. Lots of useful information.
Start Business lists more than 800 guides to starting a small business as well as links to related books on Amazon.
StartUps offers free guides to starting up many different types of small businesses, from a fish & chip shop to an Ebay based business.
The Santander Universities Enterprise Portal is a one stop shop for budding entrepreneurs or businessmen or women to learn about setting up or starting a new business. It also gives you the opportunity to win up to £1500 towards your business ideas and help support you on your way.
The Careers Service has the following books that you may find interesting if you are considering starting your own business:
Financial Times Guide to Business Start Up 2007 (Prentice Hall, 2007) - a useful book covering all the different aspects of starting your own business.
How they started - How 30 good ideas became great businesses (Crimson Publishing, 2007) - a very interesting book featuring 30 case studies of well known businesses, tracing their journey from initial idea to successful company.
Starting your own business (How to Books, 2000) - a general guide to setting up a business.