Useful Resources

When it comes to starting a business or social enterprise, there can be lots to learn and we’ve compiled a selection of helpful resources to get you going.

 Please feel free to download and use any of the materials you find below.  And if you have any resources that you feel should be included, please let us know.

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Funding & Finances

How-to guide: funding your social enterprise with and without money 
A step-by-step guide on how to fund your social enterprise, whether through initiative or investment

Eight Crowdfunding Sites For Social Entrepreneurs

Government Funded Loans for Start Ups -

Helpful Tax Videos
Knowing your finances and the taxes you might have to pay isn’t an exciting subject for most business owners but is extremely point to understand.  These short videos provide a valuable outline.

HMRC Self-Employed Help Guide
The Government can provide a lot of valuable information around the best ways to start your business. This free e-learning guide offers many useful pointers.

Self-Assessment Tax Bill Budget Tool
When most small businesses start out, they may not get their first tax bill for a while. This Budget Tool will help you know how much to be putting away.

Free Training

E-Careers, an online training provider, has partnered with British Gas Energy Trust to help people get back into work.
The training provided has a maximum value of £1,599 but is fully funded by the British Gas Energy Trust (BGET) and can help students to enhance their workplace skills to prepare them for when they return to work.

Technology Tips

From starting a website to knowing how to keep your device secure, understanding the basics of technology can be a great advantage for any small business.  Check out these tech tips to get you started.

Start Up

Start-Up Guides. Making sure you plan your business correctly from the start is crucial to give yourself best chance of success. These handy guides will help you get things right.

Social Enterprise Networks

There are a number of social enterprise support networks where you can gain information and support:

National organisations for support and funding

Social Enterprise

The Partnership Foundation through the University of Portsmouth

South East Social Enterprise


Price Waterhouse Cooper

Brighton and Hove Social Enterprise Network

Socially Social - Dorset

School for Social Entrepreneurship Central
Also offers a regular training programme – - including the Scale up programme for more developed social enterprises.

Job Clubs


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