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Business Support
Business Advice
Thinking of starting your own business?
Recruitment
Maximise your current resources
Business Rates
New Opportunities

A man and woman shaking hands and exchanging business cardsBusiness Support

The main point of contact for advice, guidance and public sector business support is Business Link. As the Business Link website contains a significant amount of information to help business through the current economic conditions, it is recommended that all businesses who are in need of help contact Business Link via their website at: www.businesslink.gov.uk or call them on tel: 0845 058 6644.

Thinking of setting up a new business?  Business Link start up services are provided by Nottinghamshire Business Venture (NBV). NBV’s team of experienced Business Advisers offer a professionally delivered Business Advisory service, accessible to all and tailored to individual needs. To contact NBV or arrange a free, confidential appointment with a professional Business Adviser please visit their website at: www.nbv.co.uk or call NBV on tel: 0115 970 5550.

Do you have a business idea but would like help to assess its commercial viability and turn it into a profitable reality? The Hive Start to Innovate programme supports entrepreneurs to develop and test their ideas. For more information visit: www.ntu.ac.uk/hive

Your Local Enterprise Organisation (LEO) provides free expert business support in Ashfield and Mansfield. So if you're thinking of starting up in business contact LEO to find out how they can help on tel: 01623 457158. For more information visit: www.leobusiness.org

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Business Advice

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides advice and guidance on all the legal issues related to business restructuring, alternatives to redundancies or the legislation regarding making redundancies. Please visit their website at: www.acas.org.uk

Acevo - Supporting the Third Sector through spending cuts. Please visit their website at www.cutswatch.org.uk

Business Link - No Nonsense Guides. Please visit their website at: www.businesslink.gov.uk.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) organises seminars, workshops and networking events. Provides expert services. Lobbies Government on behalf of local businesses and carries out a quarterly economic survey. Please visit their website at: www.dncc.co.uk.

Jobcentre Plus works with a range of partners to provide tailored solutions to help minimise the impact of redundancies and provide help and advice when they are taking place. Please visit their website at: www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk.

Marketing Donut: www.marketingdonut.co.uk, Start Up Donut: www.startupdonut.co.uk and Law Donut: www.lawdonut.co.uk launched a few months ago with Google and Royal Mail. These are online, free to view, information websites covering all aspects of marketing, starting up a business and legal advice and are aimed at small businesses.

Nottinghamshire Libraries offer free use of computers for up to three hours per day. Use computers to access the internet and software such as Word, Powerpoint and Publisher. Find a library near you.

Take a look at the websites recommended for business advice.

Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards offer specialist business advice and help interpreting and complying with trading standards legislation. Visit the Trading Standards page.

Nottinghamshire Libraries subscribe to online reference resources such as the business directory Kompass, a collection of newspapers from the UK and which? online. Ask at your nearest library about access to which?

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Thinking of starting your own business?

Nottinghamshire Business Venture (NBV) –If you are thinking about being your own boss and setting up your own business, or perhaps already running your own small enterprise, you need confidence in those you turn to for help and support. Business Link start up services are provided by Nottinghamshire Business Venture, whose team of experienced Business Advisers offer a professionally delivered Business Advisory service, accessible to all and tailored to individual needs.

NBV Business Advisers are experienced business people who have either run their own business or worked at a senior level in commerce or industry.

To contact NBV or arrange a free, confidential appointment with a professional Business Adviser please visit their website at: www.nbv.co.uk or call NBV on tel: 0115 970 55500.

Do you have a business idea but would like help to assess its commercial viability and turn it into a profitable reality? The Hive Start to Innovate programme supports entrepreneurs to develop and test their ideas. For more information visit: www.ntu.ac.uk/hivestart-to-innovate

Start Up Donut: www.startupdonut.co.uk launched a few months ago with Google and Royal Mail. This is an online, free to view, information website covering all aspects of starting up a business and is aimed at small businesses.

Nottinghamshire Libraries offer a choice of books about employment law, health and safety, management and other subjects. Ask at your local library.

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Recruitment

Jobcentre Plus. Jobcentres are located across Nottinghamshire. Please visit their website at: www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk

University of Nottingham - The Services for Business team offers a variety of options to suit your graduate recruitment needs. Services include advertising graduate jobs, student placements and sponsorship opportunities. Please visit their website at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk

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Maximise your current resources - People and Money

People

The greatest resource of any business is its people. Now is a great time to maximise their potential by ensuring everyone has the relevant skills.

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Apprenticeships - Work based training for adults and young people is key to meeting the future skills needs of business. Apprenticeships can make you organisation more effective, productive and competitive. Please visit their website at: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber - If you require training for your staff, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce Chamber can help you. Please visit their website at: www.dncc.co.uk

Money

Business Link - Saving Money. Please visit their website at: www.businesslink.gov.uk

Business Link - Tax Help. Please visit their website at: www.businesslink.gov.uk

Business Debtline provides free, confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems tel: 0800 197 6026. Please visit their website at: www.bdl.org.uk

HMRC Business Payment Support Service designed to meet the needs of businesses affected by the current economic conditions. Please visit their website at: www.hmrc.gov.uk

Environmental support for businesses. Cut energy costs. Business Link has introduced an online resource efficiency diagnostic tool to help businesses identify where they can improve their resource efficiency and reduce their energy waste and water cost base. Once a business has been through the resource efficiency diagnostic and subsequent consultation it may be eligible for a grant of up to £10,000 to implement the recommendations. Please visit their website at: www.businesslink.gov.uk

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Useful resources

Cash is King

Cash is King - Stopford Associates [PDF 173KB]

Sales and Marketing in tough times

Sales and Marketing in tough times - Watson Sessions Consulting presentation [PDF 1.9MB]

Giant Returns - Quiet Storm solutions presentation [PDF 5.1MB]

Recession Busting Marketing - Sore Thumb Marketing Presentation [PDF 508KB]

Managing your people - Employment Law update

Freeth Cartwright presentation [PDF 100KB]

Managing Your People - Hancock's Solicitors presentation [PDF 119KB]

Riding Out Recession - Berryman's Solicitors presentation [PDF 549KB]

Using technology to cut costs

Technology to Reduce Costs - eBusiness Programme Presentation [PDF 9.7MB]

Real Help for Real Business

Real Help for Businesses - Business Link Presentation [PDF 614KB]

Business Rescue Service

Business rescue pack [PDF 600KB]

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Business Rates

Business Link - Business Rates

Please visit their website at: www.businesslink.gov.uk

District Councils

Ashfield District Council. Please visit their website at: www.ashfield.gov.uk

Bassetlaw District Council. Please visit their website at: www.bassetlaw.gov.uk

Broxtowe Borough Council. Please visit their website at: www.broxtowe.gov.uk

Gedling Borough Council. Please visit their website at: www.gedling.gov.uk

Mansfield District Council. Please visit their website at: www.mansfield.gov.uk

Newark and Sherwood District Council. Please visit their website at: www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

Nottingham City Council. Please visit their website at: www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Rushcliffe Borough Council. Please visit their website at: www.rushcliffe.gov.uk

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New Opportunities

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) delivers a wide range of business support services across Nottinghamshire to its members and the wider business community and to individuals seeking to gain employment through learning. These services include Networking Events. Please visit their website at: www.dncc.co.uk

EMITA – East Midlands International Trade Association is an independent trade association promoting import and export expertise amongst businesses in the East Midlands. Please visit their website at: www.emita.org.uk

Local Government Procurement. Please visit their website at: www.sourcenottinghamshire.co.uk

UK Trade and Investment provides support to UK based businesses to assist them to grow their business overseas. Whether you are new to exporting or experiences UKTI have a range of services. Please visit their website at: www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk.

If you are a Nottinghamshire business and would like to be considered to provide goods or services to the Council, see our information on .

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