In this section of the WENTELS e-Learning suite you will find a Knowledge Base with a set of useful links to national information sources as well as to relevant entrepreneurship related resources in other countries.

Our aim is to help direct you towards existing online resources and/or training materials from European and regional institutions, associations and other organisations that could complement your training needs.

Links to Useful Websites for Starting your Own Business

  • Acas offers practical, independent and impartial help to employers, employees and their representatives by providing information and advice, preventing or resolving disputes and settling complaints about employees' rights without the need for an employment tribunal hearing.
  • Companies House provides registration and filing services, as well as useful leaflets and information.
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for health and safety regulation in Great Britain. It publishes guidance on the health and safety obligations of employers.
  • HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the Government department responsible for the collection of tax. It provides information and advice to individuals and businesses.
  • The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is an independent authority concerned with information rights and data privacy. It provides information and guidance on privacy and electronic communication.
  • The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is the regulatory body responsible for the protection of consumer interests. It publishes information on consumer legislation for businesses.
  • The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the Government body for intellectual property protection in the UK. It provides information and advice on all intellectual property issues.
  • The National Enterprise Network is a network of local enterprise agencies and similar organisations providing business support in England.
  • Business Enterprise Scotland (BES) is network of enterprise trusts that support businesses in Scotland.
  • Enterprise Northern Ireland is a network of local enterprise agencies that provide support to businesses in Northern Ireland.
  • Business Link provides business support, advice and information to new and existing businesses in England.
  • The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) is a not-for-profit organisation for UK-based women business owners. It provides training, networking and mentoring as well as organising conferences.
  • 1230 The Women's Company (TWC) is a membership-based networking group for women. It offers workshops, lunches and seminars.
  • Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) supports women in rural areas who want to start their own business. It also runs start up training workshops, networking events, conferences and a business support network for rural businesswomen.
  • Women into the Network (WIN) is a networking initiative that aims to develop women in business in North East England through training, counselling, mentoring, networking, awards and workshops.
  • Women in Business is a networking group for women in Kent, Sussex and Essex that offers support, training and networking opportunities.
  • The Women's Employment, Enterprise and Training Unit (WEETU) helps women in Norfolk and Suffolk to develop enterprise skills and provides advice on setting up in business. It runs Enterprise Circles and the Full Circle Loan Fund, which awards start up loans of up to £2,500 and development loans of up to £5,000 to members.
  • Imagining Growth (incorporating the Women's Business Development Agency (WBDA)) is an initiative helping women in Coventry and Warwickshire to overcome business barriers. It provides business start up courses and advice, business planning, market research, finance and legal advice.
  • Business Women's Link is a membership group for women in Lincolnshire and Rutland that provides training and networking events.
  • Rural Women's Network provides business support and skills training to women based in Cumbria. Services include workshops, networking opportunities and one-to-one advice.
  • The Women's Organisation provides support, advice and training for women in Greater Merseyside, Manchester and Cheshire who want to start up a new business or who are already in business.
  • Women in Business (North West) is a networking group in North West England that provides mentoring and signposts local advice and training.
  • Rochdale Borough Women's Enterprise Network is a network of female business owners in Rochdale. It provides advice and support to members.
  • WorcNet supports women in North Yorkshire who want to become self employed or develop an existing business. Services include networking, events and an online business directory.
  • Forward Ladies is a business networking organisation for women, covering Yorkshire, the Humber, the Isle of Man, Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. It provides support, networking and training opportunities for start ups and existing businesses.
  • Enterprising Women is based in Cambridge and provides business support, training and networking for women in start ups and existing businesses in the East of England. For women in Cornwall there is also support through the Cornwall Enterprising Women's Growth Programme.
  • Chwarae Teg supports and promotes the role of women in the Welsh economy, offering skills development and training to women in Wales.
  • The Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) is an umbrella organisation for business and professional women's clubs in Scotland. It promotes women in business and offers networking, an education programme and discussion forums.
  • Women in Enterprise (WIE) is an organisation that encourages, supports and empowers women into business and helps existing women entrepreneurs in the North West region of Northern Ireland. It offers training, mentoring, advice and support.
  • Women in Business is a networking organisation run by female business owners in Northern Ireland. It offers information, training and networking events.
  • The Women's Business Centre is a business support organisation based at Newham College in London. It provides business advice, training and coaching and runs workshops and networking events.
  • Networking Women is an organisation that runs networking events for women in business in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.