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General Advice


Contact one of the organisations below if you want general advice or help with your business, or you're not sure who to contact for support:


    Business Helpline 1    

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Business Helpline


Free expert business advice and support. Where appropriate, the Business Helpline will put you in touch with a range of specialist advisors, programmes or funds. Typical topics include:


  • Starting a new business
  • Accessing appropriate finance and funding
  • Marketing and promoting your business
  • Improving productivity and increasing profitability


...and much more.


Telephone: 0300 111 8002


Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce


A modern, innovative, membership-based business support organisation that exists to connect its members to opportunity. Visit their website for a list of membership benefits.


Support available with starting a business, growing your business and funding.

Stoke and Staffs LEP

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership


Exists to bring businesses and local authorities together to drive economic growth and create jobs. Their business support services include:

  • Business support helpline - see above
  • Access to funding, finance and loans
  • Inward Investment support to help you find the right location for your business
  • Export advice to help you break into overseas markets
  • An Education Trust that is working to close the skills gap
  • Specific support for businesses in the tourism industry
Gov UK



Visit the government website for information on funding, support, business rates, tax, and much more.



Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services.


The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. An easy-to-use search engine will allow you to refine your search according to the life stage of your business.

Business is Great


Business support website offering support and signposting to helpful services on expanding, staffing, and financing your business.



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Tel: 01902 696000