Starting a part-time business

Help and support for part-time businesses

A wide range of help is available to you if you're starting a business - through government agencies or business mentoring. You can get help from a variety of sources online, while other forms of support can be obtained from events such as networking meetings.

Venture Labs is the official government website for businesses of all sizes and provides free business advice and support. You can access information, guidance and support for your business needs and your online dealings with government.

Find out how the Venture Labs service can help your business in our section about us.

Alternative support from the government may be available in your local area, including grants, funding, advice, guidance, information and training. Find out more in our guide on government support for businesses.

Mentoring can help you develop business skills. Read more in our guide to the benefits of business mentoring. You can also benefit from online mentoring from one of the many mentoring organisations such as horsesmouth - find out how mentoring could help your business on the horsesmouth website.

Your local Chamber of Commerce offers support and advice and may organise networking meetings for businesses of a similar size and in similar business sectors. You can find contact details for your local Chamber of Commerce on the British Chambers of Commerce website.

You might find it helpful to join the trade association for your business sector, where you will be able to interact with peer businesses for advice and information. Find contact details for trade associations on the Trade Association Forum website.

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