If you're currently unemployed and thinking about setting up your own business, you may be able to get support from various organisations.
Enterprise Made Simple is a local company which offers support on setting up a business, marketing and writing a business plan. They also offer training courses.
The Federation of Small Businesses exists to support self-employed people and small businesses.
Specialist organisations also exist to support particular groups of people who are aiming to become self-employed.
- The Prince's Trust enterprise programme offers self-employment support for people aged 18-30.
miEnterprise offers self-employment support for people with learning disabilities
The Escape Route offers self-employment support for ex-offenders
Some new businesses are also eligible for financial support in the form of grants (not repayable) or loans (repayable). Find out more about New Enterprise Allowance (self-employment support from Jobcentre Plus).