If you are disabled and wanting to set up a new business, there could be extra support available for you.
Action for Blind People (ABP) self-employment advisers offer support to blind and partially sighted entrepreneurs who are looking to establish new businesses. They can also provide support for developing businesses that may be facing specific challenges. Find out about the work and services of ABP on the ABP website.
Jobcentre Plus provides help and assistance with training and finding work, such as self-employment. Their advisers can help you with support specifically for disabled people. Find out how Jobcentre Plus can help you on the Directgov website.
The Disabled Entrepreneurs Network (DEN) provides information and networking opportunities for self-employed disabled people. You can find out about support available for disabled people on the Directgov website.
The DEN has also produced a booklet called 'Setting up in Business: A Resource guide for disabled people and their advisers'. This includes information about tax, the Access to Work scheme, business planning, courses, grants, finance and working from home. To get a copy, you can apply by email to [email protected].
Disability charity Leonard Cheshire and easyGroup chairman Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou run an annual award of £50,000 for exceptional disabled entrepreneurs - the Stelios Disabled Entrepreneurs Award. Find out about the Disabled Entrepreneur Award on the Leonard Cheshire Disability website.
If you have a disability and usually work 16 hours or more a week, you may also be able to get extra tax credits. The disability must be one that makes it hard for you to get a job and you must be receiving, or have recently received, a qualifying sickness or disability-related benefit. Find out how to get extra tax credits on the Directgov website.
The Shaw Trust is a national charity that provides training and work opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability, ill health or other social circumstances. Find out how the Shaw Trust can help you on the Shaw Trust website.
The Association of Disabled Professionals (ADP) provides a forum for disabled people to share problems and experiences. It also offers employment advice and information and support for disabled people, including advice on issues relating to benefits, networking opportunities and schemes such as Access to Work. You can find disabled employment advice on the ADP website.