Starting a Business

Starting a business can be tough, requiring careful planning, research and preparation.  With a number of support sources available locally and nationally, the journey towards business start-up can become a rewarding one.  So whether you are looking to become your own boss, turn a hobby into a career or simply to try something new, help is available.

HMRC Business start-up links 

New Anglia Growth Hub

The New Anglia Growth Hub offers support and guidance to businesses, and to those wanting to start a business throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. Bringing together a range of local and national business support from hundreds of sources, the growth hub is FREE and there to help you find help on subjects ranging from finance to exporting, resource efficiency to contract opportunities.
To contact the Growth Hub, contact their helpline on 0300 333 6536, email

For further information please visit New Anglia Growth Hub

NWES Encouraging Enterprise

Enterprise agency Nwes specialises in helping people turn their business idea into a reality by offering impartial, professional advice, access to personal skills and business training courses. The links below will provide further information.

Contact them today to find out more about Nwes: call 08456 099 991 or email

The Start Up Loans Company

The Start Up Loans Company is a Government backed initiative looking to provide finance to people over 18 wishing to start a business. Nwes is an official delivery partner of the Start-up Loans Company, delivering start up loans across the East of England and Lincolnshire. As the delivery partner, Nwes training and advice will help you develop a business plan. Once your plan is ready, this will be submitted to our independent panel and a decision will be made. You will receive a low-cost unsecured loan, business mentoring and a range of business support products once your loan is approved.  Please visit Start-up Loans or call the Nwes administration team on 08456 099 991

Princes Trust

How to start a business, the Enterprise Programme : Are you aged 18-30 and interested in starting your own business?
The Princes Trust are running their Enterprise Programme, where they can support you with your business plan, and with training and funding.  Through this support you'll also meet other people in the same position as you.
For more information and eligibility to get on the scheme please visit Princes Trust

Business is Great Britain

Providing Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business, please visit Great Business

Foundation East

Foundation East is a not for profit community lending organisation that operates across the East of England. Are you a new business owner? Do you have a great business idea but need some funding to get your business off to a flying start? A Start Up Loan could be the right loan for you. Foundation East is a delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company.  For more information please visit Foundation East - Start-up loans

Barclays Bank

There's a lot to think about when starting your own business, so you may need some support and guidance.  Barclays are here to help and have free guides for you to download on starting up a business and support with your business plan. To download these and find further information, please visit: Barclays Starting your own business

Outset Norfolk

Outset Norfolk is an organisation that helps explore the possibility of self-employment and has coaches and mentors who provide free advice and support. Call on 0800 032 7851, email or visit Outset Norfolk