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General Business Support

There are a range of business support options out there, from government guidance to professional advice. Knowing where to access it and the specific support you need can be tricky.

If you need further guidance and advice to find the right support you can contact the SEMLEP’s Growth Hub on 01604 212696  or

General Business Support



Business and self-employed: This is a key source for all business. It gives you online information about a large range of business topics. From Business Tax to setting up.

Services Offered

  • Business tax
  • Business finance and support
  • Impact
  • Generating energy
  • Scientific research and development
  • And more
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The National Business Support Helpline has been created to provide business support and advice over the phone and online. It provides a quick response service to people with questions about anything to do with business.

Services offered:

  • Free advice
  • Help with tax
  • Regional help with exporting
  • Advice on writing a business plan

Visit their website for more information.



The DIT secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

Services Offered

  • Offer support and advice for companies looking to set up in the UK
  • Business support around exporting

Find out more



HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs have created a range of e-learning resources on a number of different topics, tailored specifically to business who aspire to grow. Follow the links below to the different courses available:




The national network of Eagle Labs supports individuals, businesses  and corporates innovate and grow, across a broad range of different sectors and with varied capabilities.

Barclays has partnered with Cranfield University to support the future innovators of Bedfordshire. The space in the heart of the University campus is tailored to the aerospace and aviation technology community, drawing on the University’s aerospace heritage. Members benefit from business advice and mentoring from Barclays and Cranfield University’s network, access to world-class facilities on campus and a varied programme of events, seminars and lectures.

To find out more, please visit our website or contact us via email at or on Twitter at @Eagle_Labs_Cran



The NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator gives businesses the power to start, scale and succeed, providing start-ups and growing businesses with coaching, networks and digital learning. There are two core programmes tailored to empower entrepreneurs at any stage of business creation or growth:

  • Accelerator
  • Pre-Accelerator

Both are fully-funded by the bank and no equity is taken from any business

Accelerator is a six-month programme based within our Milton Keynes hub and designed for entrepreneurs with growing businesses who are looking to scale up.

Pre-Accelerator is an intensive, eight-week online learning programme for early stage businesses or start-ups looking to validate ideas.

To find out more, including how to apply click here or visit:


HM Government
European Regional Development Fund