Other support

If you’re aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, our Enterprise programme can help you decide whether self-employment is right for you.


If The Prince's Trust is not able to help you, you could try contacting one of the following organisations.

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Action for the Blind

Business support and other support for blind and partially sighted people 0800 915 4666

Business Gateway

Practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland 0845 609 6611

The Company Warehouse 

The Company Warehouse offer free business consultancy to anyone who registers with them. They specialise in company formations and business registrations and can advise young people on the best legal structure for their new business. All businesses that they work with have access to advice from our qualified accountants to make sure their finances are in order and to help them with VAT, PAYE and other requirements.

In addition to offering legal and accountancy services they help businesses establish their online presence. As a UK tag holder they manage domain names and have an in house team of web developers, designers and consultants who can help young people to get their businesses online. Tel : 0800 0828 727


everywoman is the UK’s leading provider of training, resources and support services for women in business. They work to increase the number and raise the status of women in the UK economy, using their experience and expertise to help women achieve their aspirations and realise their business and career ambitions. Their clients range from blue-chip corporations, who want to develop the next generation of female leaders, through to entrepreneurs and women looking to start up their own companies. www.everywoman.com is the largest online network of women in the UK. 020 7981 2574

Flying Start

Flying Start is dedicated to getting graduate businesses started (including social enterprises). 0121 503 2233

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation provides small loans to help people start or grow their business when they can’t access traditional funding. Their loans come with the offer of a free business mentor.


If you’re thinking of starting up a business, visit the Starting a Business pages.

For information about the steps you can take to help grow your business, visit the Growing your Business pages.

If you're unable to access online, these resources are supported by the Business Link Helpline Tel: 0845 600 9006 (9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday).

J4B Grants

Comprehensive information on government grants for both business and voluntary groups and a database of organisations that provide business advice.

National Federation of Enterprise Agencies

NFEA is the national enterprise network. Our members are drawn from local enterprise agencies and a wider range of enterprise support organisations and provide an array of services to new and emerging businesses, including independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring.    01234 831 623


Business start up support for creative businesses. 020 7438 2500

Oli Bennet Charitable Trust

Aim is to provide financial support where other methods of fundraising may have failed and to offer advice. Grants will be considered for those applicants between the ages of 18-30 who live in the uk.

The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME)

PRIME is the only national organisation dedicated to supporting business creation by everyone over 50, who is unemployed or under threat of redundancy. Through offering FREE workshops, networking events, online resources and mentoring, PRIME will help mature workers explore the option of self-employment. So, if you are over 50 and are interested in setting up your own business – get in touch. Call PRIME on 0845 862 2023 or 0203 137 8525, or email info@prime.org.uk

Shell Live Wire
Shell Livewire offers a fully interactive website with a huge range of information on starting a business including a social network and discussion forum. They also have funding for young people to start businesses through the Shell Livewire Grand Ideas awards, in addition to the annual ‘Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition’. 0845 757 3252

Start Up Donut

An online resource regarding the different stages of business start-up.

Start Your Own Business

The organisation provides contact information for regional agencies which can offer advice and support to assist in starting your own business. Select the region from the drop down menu on the home page for local listings.

Start-up Overseas

Support for those looking to start a business abroad.

yoodoo is a free online resource that takes you step by step through planning your own business.  Even if you’ve got no idea what to try, Yoodoo builds you a personal journey of interactive episodes and quizzes to develop both your skills as an entrepreneur and create a blueprint for your new business.

Your local county council

Your local county council may have various information on starting and setting up a business in addition to information on further sources of help.



The A-Z of Young Businesses

Read about young people who have set up businesses with the support of The Prince's Trust in our A-Z of Young Businesses, in partnership with RBS.

The A-Z of Young Businesses