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Information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.

Coast to Capital Business Navigator 

Coast to Capital Business Navigator is a web portal for businesses. It includes an online directory of business support organisations and a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital area.

Its aim is to help business people in the region quickly find the most relevant support. The site does not provide any direct advice. It is a signposting service that links to existing websites and other local and national business-support initiatives.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The BIS website provides a wide range of information for small businesses, consumers and employees.

Federation of Small Business

A national, non-party-political lobbying organisation with more than 155,000 members representing the self-employed and small businesses. Contact: 01403 734257 for services information, or visit fsb.


NetRegs provides free, clear guidance for different business types on how to comply with environmental legislation. You can receive regular updates on environmental legislation by signing up for free email alerts, use the online questionnaire to assess your environmental compliance, or find your nearest authorised waste contractor or recycling facility by using the online Waste Directory. Visit

Enterprise First

The Enterprise First is a non-profit making company which provides free, independent and confidential advice to existing and intended small businesses in Surrey. Contact: 01252 319272 or visit Enterprise First

Surrey Chambers of Commerce

Surrey Chambers  of Commerce is the county's largest independent not for profit business supporter and networking organisation.  Representing the interests of 1500 businesses (55,000 employees).  All of our services and products are directed by the business community for the business community.

The Princes' Trust

The Princes' Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are unemployed, under-employed or who have limited means to start up businesses. Grants of 1,500 per person or 3,000 for a group working together are available to meet the setting up costs of their own business, or low interest loans of up to 5,000. Ongoing training and support are provided once the business is set up. Contact: 0800 842 842 or visit Princes' Trust.

Gatwick Diamond

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a business-led partnership, run by people with proven commercial and economic development experience.

Business Growth Service

Business Growth Service, a government-backed service offering support to businesses with the potential to improve and grow.