Offers advice and guidance to new and existing businesses to help them start and grow. Trained advisors can point businesses to grants, loans and advice from Government and other providers, nationally and locally. For those with more complex problems who meet specific criteria, a team of experienced Business Support Advisers can provide an in-depth service. Callers can choose a telephone appointment at a time convenient to them and get up to 60 minutes of free, expert advice.
Telephone: 0300 456 3565 Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm.
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
Latest updates and events in the Cornish business industry
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
In early August 2015, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) announced that the region is to benefit from £422 million in European funding over the next five years in the latest round of the European Regional Development Fund. This funding is specifically targeted to support and respond to local needs and will be available from 2016. All of it will be administered by the CIOS LEP via a single one-stop shop. In order to guide local businesses in Cornwall and Scilly towards the funding and business support available, the LEP has launched a new website: www.ciosgrowthhub.com. All our members are encouraged to register their interests on the site in order to receive the latest information and the “signposting service” for business support in the region.
Federation of Small Businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. It is a member organisation offering a range of advice including for legal issues, finance, tax, the environment, employment and regulation (including useful documents to download). There are three branches in Cornwall.
Tel: 0808 2020888
Replacing DirectGov and Business Link, GOV.UK is the new place to find government services and information relating to starting up and running a successful business. From financial support and advice, trademarks, intellectual property, premises and business rates, to licenses and licence applications, imports and exports, data protection, employee benefits and more…
Council of the Isles of Scilly
Information on business rates and licensing, and details of procurement policies and tender opportunities
Tel: 01720 424000
Outset Cornwall offers support to people interested in the idea of self-employment and existing start-up businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It focusses particularly on under-represented enterprise groups such as women, people from ethnic minorities, unemployed, people with disabilities, young people and the over 50s. Outset offers a range of Introduction to Enterprise and Business Start-up workshops, as well as post start-up support and networking events.
Tel: 0800 917 4324
Export Cornwall is a business support service which helps businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly develop export markets, and identify new sales opportunities internationally. Export Cornwall is a uniquely designed part of the UK Trade and Investment service (UKTI), which works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. With the addition of European Regional Development funding (ERDF) through the Convergence Programme in Cornwall, Export Cornwall creates an important extra service specifically for businesses from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
For general international trade enquiries Tel: 0300 123 1046
An online information portal led by the Local Enterprise Partnership, and designed to help businesses from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to find relevant business support. It includes a directory of service providers, reviews of businesses who have benefited, a discussion forum and details of opportunities such as events, networking and funding sources.
Cornwall Development Company
Inward investment and business support services for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Provides signposting to sources of funding and business support.
Tel: 01872 322800
Grow Cornwall (and Oxford Innovation)
This organisation offers a range of fully-funded business support programmes for high growth, pre-start and established businesses to start and grow. The programme is due to continue until 2015 and is available in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Get Set for Growth
GetSet is the local, comprehensive investment readiness service for businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who are looking to access finance to start, sustain or grow their business. Whether you’re looking for external funding, or organic growth from securing new customers, or both, they can help.
Tel: 0800 121 8955
HM Revenue & Customs has all information and advice regarding NI and tax contributions for employees, employers and larger businesses adn corporations.