For a wide range of information directed at businesses and the self-employed, go to GOV.UK’s website.
Gloucestershire has a Local Economic Partnership, or LEP, called GFirst, which is a public private partnership which leads on economic development within the County.
Business support services
To find government-backed support and finance for business, including: grants; finance and loans; business support eg mentoring, consultancy, an funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups please visit:
Gloucestershire Growth Hub
The Growth Hub is a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and GFirst LEP, here to help any business in Gloucestershire realise its potential and grow regardless of sector or size.
It is the focal point for ambitious businesses which are seeking the relevant information, guidance, support, expertise, finance, knowledge and experience they need to grow. It can help them scale up, boost performance and find new ways of working. For more information please visit the:
Open to Export
Open to Export is a community driven service for small and medium sized businesses, looking for help and support in exporting from the UK. For more information please visit the:
Help for 14-30 years olds to build confidence, gain skills and start their own business. Please:
- visit Princes Trust website or
- phone 01372 844101
Free business advice and support service to groups of people wanting to set up a co-operative or other form of social enterprise. Please:
- visit Co-operative Futures website
- or phone 0845 4562 506
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
The largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. The FSB offers its members assistance and support 24 hours a day. Membership fees are £70 per year for a sole trader, then based on a sliding scale according to number of employees. Please:
- visit Federation of Small Businesses website (FSB)
Energy advice line
Impartial advice to help Small and Medium Enterprises save money on energy bills. Please:
National Farmers Union (NFU)
An organisation representing farmers and growers in England and Wales. As well as representing its members' interests, the NFU provides a wide range of services to them including help with legal, planning and taxation matters, marketing and food promotion. Please:
- visit National Farmers Union website (NFU)
County Land and business Association (CLA)
Safeguarding the interests of private landowners and rural businesses, the CLA have two main functions; exerting political pressure through authoritative briefing and lobbying of policy members and providing the advice services for their members. Please:
- visit: Country Land and Business Association website (CLA)
Fredericks Foundation was set up in 2001 to help people who aspire to run their own business but are unable to obtain the necessary support to do so. Most of Fredericks Clients choose self-employment as the best (and sometimes the only), route out of benefit-dependency.
As a result of the economic downturn, as well as helping people off benefits, Fredericks Foundation has branched out to assist existing companies in need of finance who are unable to obtain it from their bank. Please:
- visit Fredericks Foundation
Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited
Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited is the local Enterprise Agency for Gloucestershire and operates on a not-for-profit, social enterprise basis.
Its purpose is to provide organisations in the county with access to a wide range of services that will meet their needs in the short, medium and longer term, either through direct delivery or via our partners. Please:
This is a resource for finding solicitors in Gloucestershire providing legal support and advice on all business matters. Please:
Innovation 4 Growth
Available to both small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies, the Innovation 4 Growth scheme will part fund research and development projects with grants of between £25,000 and £150,000.
Financed by the UK government’s Regional Development Fund, it will help businesses develop new or improved products, technologies, processes or services - safeguarding existing, or creating additional, jobs as a result.
This allows the public to find local and reliable Accountants, Solicitors, Independent Financial Advisers and Mortgage Advisers. To search please:
- visit and search the Vouchedfor website