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More and more people are considering working for themselves. Here are some useful links to get you started. 

Support and advice:

10 steps to starting a business - guide that walks you through everything you need to think about.

The Princes Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are unemployed or disadvantaged to set up their own business. 

Young Enterprise programme helps those still in education to develop relevant skills and get valuable business experience.

Rules and regulations:

Gov.UK gives all the rules to follow when setting up a business


Shell LiveWIRE offers start-up awards of up to £10,000 to young entrepreneurs.

Start Up Loans are a government funded scheme to help budding entrepreneurs age 18+ launch their own business. 

New Enterprise Allowance is available from the government to those aged 18+ who are in receipt of certain benefits and have a good business idea.


The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, founded by the Dragons' Den star, offers courses in enterprise and entrepreneurship and apprenticeships in business innovation.

Learndirect centres throughout the country offer flexible courses that may help provide you with relevant skills, such as IT.


Somewhereto free spaces for 16-25 year olds to pursue creative and enterprising endeavours.

The Horses Mouth offers advice and mentoring to young people on a wide range of topics. You can find mentors in the business you want to start up, or get advice from people who have set up their own business.

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