Startup People

"Starting a business is an exciting prospect and a daunting challenge. But, with the help and assistance of BRAVE, you’ll have the confidence to develop your ideas into a real business success."

Advice on all aspects of employment law

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Companies House
Register a new company, check out competitors, suppliers and companies, file accounts and much more

Information Commissioner's Office
Data protection - particularly important if you are doing business over the web, this site gives details of data protection requirements

Food Standards Agency
For advice on all aspects of food hygiene and safety
Information from the government about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.

Health and Safety Executive
Information on health and safety in the workplace.

H M Revenue and Customs
All the VAT rules in one place, along with forms and publications. Includes facility for submitting electronic VAT returns

Lawyers for Your Business
A network of 1200 solicitor firms in England and Wales, offering specialist advice to small and medium-sized businesses

Environment Agency
For guidelines on how to comply with environmental legislation.
Information on the regulations covering getting paid and paying on time

PRIME is the only national organisation dedicated to helping people aged over 50 to set up in business

Prince's Trust
Are you aged 18-30, unemployed, living in England, have an idea for a business but can't raise all the cash you need from anywhere else? Prince's Trust could help you get up and running.

Trading Standards
A one stop shop for consumer protection information in the UK.

UK Intellectual Property Office
Information on copyright, designs, patents and trademarks and how to protect them