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ACCESS TO FINANCE

British Business Angels Association The British Business Angels Association (BBAA) is the National Trade Association for the UK's Business Angel Networks and its Associates and Affiliates.

Enterprise Enfield An organisation dedicated to helping people start and run busineses as well as develop and expand existing ones.

Innovation, research and development grants An initiative created and led by the London Development Agency to promote the benefits of innovation through increased productivity and improved business practices.

HBV Enterprise A Hackney-based charity and enterprise agency helping to reduce poverty and unemployment by encouraging enterprise.

J4B Grants and Information Comprehensive information on government grants for both business and voluntary groups.

Open4Business A free-to-use grant and funding search facility which the London Borough of Enfield has installed on its website to support businesses in Enfield.

Open4Community A free-to-use grant and funding search facility which the London Borough of Enfield has installed on its website to support charities and community groups.

One London Greater London Enterprise (GLE) is London's economic development company, wholly owned by all 33 London boroughs.

Prince's Youth Business Trust A UK charityproviding help and support toyoung people faced with significant challenges.PYBT offersgrants and loans to start-up businesses.


BUSINESS NETWORKING ORGANISATIONS

North London Chamber of Commerce The NLCC is an independent Membership Organisation, run by businesses for businesses.

The Home Business Alliance The Home Business Alliance gives important information and guidance for home based businesses.


BUSINESS SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS

Business Link/Business Link London Information, advice and events for people starting and growing businesses.

Enterprise Enfield An organisation dedicated to helping people start and run busineses as well as develop and expand existing ones.

HBV Enterprise A Hackney-based charity and enterprise agency helping to reduce poverty and unemployment by encouraging enterprise.

KIS Training An enterprise development agency providing support to start-ups and established businesses in North London.

North London Business A not-for profit organisation which aims to improve the economic development for North London with services including business development and a commercial premises database.

One London Greater London Enterprise (GLE) is London's economic development company, wholly owned by all 33 London boroughs.

Prevista Offers business support and training to a range of clients.

Shell liveWIRE Shell LiveWIRE has over 21 years' experience encouraging young people (16- 30 year olds) to start and develop their own businesses. They also host the annual Shell Livewire Awards.

TNG part of Avanta, offers a complete recruitment, training, consultancy, mentoring and business support service to develop employment and skills across the UK.

InBiz part of Avanta, is dedicated to the promotion and development of self employment as a way into economic activity.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Enfield Disability Action This association of disability groups provides information and advice to any person with a disability living in Enfield.


CREDIT UNIONS

Islington The Credit Union serving individuals who live or work in the London Borough of Islington or The City of London.

Tower Hamlets The Credit Union serving the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Waltham Forest Community CU The Credit Union serving the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

ABCUL ABCUL is the Association of British Credit Unions Limited. Contains information relating to credit unions, the rules by which they must abide and a helpful search facility to help you find your local credit union.

ABCUL (Credit Union Finder) A facility for searching for your local Credit Union.


DISABILITY- BUSINESS SUPPORT & USEFUL CONTACTS

Directgov- Access to Work Practical support and advice for employed and self-employed peoplewith disabilities.

Directgov- Contacts for disabled people A government website outlining the help and information available to disabled people.

Directgov- Permitted Work If you are receiving Incapacity benefit you may be able to do some types of work- witihin limits, called "permitted work".

Leonard Cheshire - 'Ready to Start' programme An initiative aimed at encouraging and providing support for disabled people to start their own business.


DESIGN AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Design Council Helping businesses become more successful, public services more efficient and designers more effective

Craft Council The national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK.


ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION

Green Mark An award scheme which enables business owners from any industry to demonstrate their on-going environmental improvement & commitment to customers and other stakeholders.

Environment Agency Netregs Netregs provides free environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses throughout the UK.

Envirowise Envirowise offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact.

The Centre for Environment and Safety Management for Business (CESMB) Helps businesses and other organisations recognise how environmental management is a key factor in business competitiveness locally, nationally and internationally.


FRANCHISING

Franchising in London The UK's number one website for free franchise information, advice and opportunities, and the only website in the UK to be affiliated to the British Franchise Association (BFA).


GOVERNMENT SITES

Companies House All limited companies in the UK are registered at Companies House, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).

HM Revenue and Customs HMRC is responsible for collecting the bulk of tax revenue, as well as paying Tax Credits and Child Benefits.

Dept for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR -formerly DTI) BERR's central purpose is to help ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world. It is the voice for business across Government.


INFORMATION ON LATE PAYMENT

Better Payment Practice Group Promotes a better payment culture within the UK and urges all firms to adopt a responsible attitude to paying on time.


INFORMATION AND ADVICE

Learning and Skills Council The Learning and Skills Council works to improve the skills of England's young people and adults to ensure it has a workforce of world-class standard.

NextStep Network Part of a Government initiative, funded by the LSC London North, to help adults over 20 who are learning or thinking about learning, wanting to change or get into work.

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Provides up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and work with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.

www.startaneventsbusiness.co.uk Provides information on starting an events business.


INTERNATIONAL TRADE

UK Trade & Investment A Government organisation that helps UK-based companies looking to grow their business internationally.


LEGAL

Lawyers For Your Business A network of 1,200 solicitor firms in England and Wales offering specialist advice to small and medium-sized businesses.


LONDON BOROUGHS

Barnet Local Government Authority serving the borough of Barnet.

Camden Local Government Authority serving the borough of Camden.

Enfield Local Government Authority serving the borough of Enfield.

Haringey Local Government Authority serving the borough of Haringey.

Islington Local Government Authority serving the borough of Islington.

Waltham Forest Local Government Authority serving the borough of Waltham Forest.


NATIONAL FEDERATION OF ENTERPRISE AGENCIES

NFEA A network of independent, not for profit, local Enterprise Agencies and similar organisations, committed to responding to the needs of small and growing businesses.


ONLINE SUPPORT

UK Online for Business


PREMISES

Enfield Enterprise Centre This Centre, based at 26-28 Queensway, Ponders End, Enfield houses workshops and office units which are ideal premises for small businesses.

The RSA Island Village A development consisting ofa mixed-use commercial centre - home to a number of thriving businesses, both start-ups and mature enterprises.

North London Commercial Property Search A database of available commercial premises free to search and to submit properties..


UNIVERSITIES/ COLLEGES

Capel Manor College Internationally recognised centre offering training in gardening, horticulture and allied trades.

CONEL - College of Enfield, Haringey and North East London. Offers a wide range of courses in different subjects including arts, science, hairdressing, beauty, computing, I.T, gardening, business, etc.

Enfield College merged with the College of North East London (CONEL) in August 2009 to form The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. The former Enfield College is now the Enfield Centre.

Middlesex University Widely regarded as an excellent international provider of higher education with an outstanding academic credential and highly employable and successful graduates.

Southgate College Southgate College is a successful College of further education situated in Southgate, North London.

University of Hertfordshire A successful University based in Hatfield, with a student community of over 24,000.

Waltham Forest College Located in Forest Road, Walthamstow, North-East London enrols around 10,000+ students a year. The main curriculum areas are Catering, Travel and Tourism, Engineering, Auto-Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Childcare, Public Services, Art, Media, Fashion, ESOL, Business and ICT.


WOMEN'S BUSINESS SUPPORT

Prowess A UK-wide network that supports the growth of women's business ownership through the development of an effective women-friendly business support infrastructure and enterprise culture.


MISCELLANEOUS

Business Account Finder- British Bankers Association This service enables any small business, club, society, or charity to gather a wealth of information from one central resource.

Intellectual Property Office Gives information on how to protect intellectual property (IP), and on patents, copyright, designs and trademarks.

Business H&S Law - Health & Safety Executive The Health and Safety Commission is responsible for health and safety regulation in Great Britain.

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