If you receive benefits and want to set up a new business, it is worth discussing your business plans with a Jobcentre Plus adviser. They will be able to tell you how starting a business will affect your benefits and point you in the direction of practical support. You can also ask your adviser about the self-employed support package provided by Jobcentre Plus. This package is aimed at people who have been unemployed and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for 13 weeks or longer.
You may also be entitled to Working Tax Credits. These are payments to top up the earnings of working people on low incomes, including the self-employed. You can find out about Working Tax Credits by calling the HMRC Tax Credits Helpline on Tel 0845 300 3900.
You can also get business support from many charitable organisations, including the Fredericks Foundation. Find information on loans available for new start-ups on the Fredericks Foundation website.