Starting your own business


Do you have a brilliant business idea?   

You may already be on the way to starting your own business, or you may not know where to start.   The links below will provide you with information and resources to help you. 

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

Strathclyde Inspire supports and encourages entrepreneurship for all by encouraging students, staff and alumni to realise their entrepreneurial potential and providing practical support for the creation and growth of their businesses through a range of services.

Startup Visa - For international students who wish to pursue their own business in the UK after graduation. Information available about potential support and endorsement through Strathclyde Inspire.


Business Gateway - local offices throughout Scotland.  Includes a range of online resources for setting up a business

Business Scotland - pulls together information from a variety of public sector organisations delivering services to Scottish businesses

Entrepreneurial Scotland - member network and leadership development organisation 

First Port - Business support, funding and resources to help you start a social enterprise in Scotland

Jobs and Business Glasgow - support for business start-ups and social enterprises

Mitchell Library business services - access to databases including funding opportunities and COBRA business advice.  The Mitchell is also an intellectual property information centre.

National Library of Scotland Business Services - range of resources to help you start or run your business

Scotland Can Do SCALE - entrepreneurial education initiative 

Scottish Enterprise - support for more established businesses through their innovation support service

Targetting Innovation - supporting the commercialisation of new technology products and services.

Business Loans Scotland - Consortium of local authorities working together to provide loan finance to new and existing small to medium sized enterprises across Scotland 

LINC Scotland - Scottish Angel Capital Assocation

British Library Business and IP Centre

Flying Start - guide to starting your own business - set up a business.  UK goverment information about starting and running a business in the UK

Great Business - GREAT Britain campaign is a partnership between private enterprise and Government to highlight support for businesses aspiring to succeed and to encourage entrepreneurial spirit.

HM Revenue and Customs - information and advice on tax and national insurance

Prince's Trust - business start-up support

Shell Livewire - online community for young entrepreneurs

Startup Britain - national enterprise campaign. links to other useful resources on various themes such as funding.

Talent Cupboard - digital marketing for small businesses

Transmit start-up loans - advice and funding for start-ups across the UK

Prospects guide to self-employment

TARGETjobs section on Entrepreneurship

Association of Scottish Businesswomen

Business Gateway - women in business

Everywoman - advancing women in business

Prowess - women in business

Creative Entrepreneurs Club - online community.  NOTE: COVID-19 support - CEC have removed all their fees for support and online events

NESTA - global innovation foundation

Tech Nation -  supporting digital entrepreneurs

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