City : Enterprise Centre : Sources of Support
Even if you are starting a business on your own you don't need to be alone. Below is a list of organisations that can help you set up and run your new business venture:
The Real Business Club
The Real Business Club provides innovative events and hands-on Business Development Workshops to help professionals and entrepreneurs starting in business, or moving up to the next level, to get established and grow.
The Prince's Trust
The Prince’s Trust can offer financial help to young people with start up business grants or grants to support you in developing your education. It has incredible resources to help with all stages of starting your own business.
Reading Borough Council
For help and support with subjects such as licensing and business rates (if applicable) contact Reading Council.
Reading Chamber of Commerce
The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group works with businesses across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon to help them achieve their full business potential. They offer members a range of services including business advice, networking events, training and international trade support. There is more information online.
Federation of Small Business
The Federation of Small Business aims to be the largest and most effective organisation promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small business in the UK. Becoming a member is easy and can support you legally as well as socially.
The Company Warehouse
The Company Warehouse provides a subscription service and will offer advice and consultancy on how to run your business.