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Useful links

The Enterprise team work in conjunction with a number of companies and organisations which can help you kick start your business or freelance career. We've provided an overview of useful websites and resources below to help you get started. 

These websites are only suggestions and we do not endorse the companies listed below. Any communication or contractual work undertaken is between yourselves and the procurer of the work or contract.

For one to one advice about freelancing or starting a business, book a business advice session or email 

  General start-up advice
CASE Business advice and support for new and existing social enterprises and cooperatives in Leicestershire.
Companies House Search for existing company names and get information about forming a limited company or a limited liability partnership.
Creative Leicestershire Supports small arts, design and media businesses in Leicestershire and Rutland
Creative Skillset The Freelance Toolkit Information and advice about being self employed including the HM Revenue and Customs.
Prince's Trust Offers young people support, encouragement and basic financial assistance to help achieve their goals.
Shell LiveWIRE Shell LiveWIRE helps 16 to 30 year olds to start and develop their own business ideas.
Smarta Business advice and tools for start-ups and small businesses

For everything you need to know about starting up and running your business. This website provides useful case studies and direct examples.

Start-up Donut Free advice, tools and resources for small businesses and start-ups.

Start-up help, support and funding if you are thinking of setting up a social enterprise.

 Freelance Opportunities
Creative Boom Online magazine and community that celebrates, inspires and supports creative industries in the UK.
Freelancer Find freelance work with Freelancer
Hiive  Hiive is a professional network for creative people. 
OnSite A curated marketplace of freelance opportunities, matched to qualified, available talent.
Talent Cupboard The ultimate guide to setting up as a Freelancer and platform for freelance opportunities. 
The Dots Platform to connect creatives to freelance opportunities
Yuno Juno Community which connects tech and creative freelancers with employers
Harry James Riddleston Assists future entrepreneurs in Leicestershire by providing interest free loans of up to £10,000.
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity Helps young people establish their own businesses with the offer of interest free loans. 
 Intellectual property

Intellectual Property Office

Information on intellectual property

ProspectIP  Provides assistance with the protection and development of a business idea or invention.
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